RBT Study Guide: The Best Resources to Become a Registered Behavior Technician
October 21, 2020
October 21, 2020
Maybe you’ve longed for a career working with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or maybe you are searching for a new job where you can make an impact. Working in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA therapy) as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)® is a great way to fulfill either of these desires.
We often hear, “how can I get started as an RBT?” Thankfully, the path to become an RBT may be easier than you think. An RBT is a paraprofessional certification in behavior analysis that does not require additional schooling. Aspiring RBTs must meet the eligibility requirements, including the completion of 40 hours of training and an initial competency test, before applying and taking the RBT® Exam.
The RBT® Exam is usually the biggest concern for soon-to-be RBTs, but candidates shouldn’t fret. Hopebridge Autism Therapy Centers have more than a decade of experience guiding ABA therapists through training and learning and we are happy to share our team’s knowledge and study tips to grow the ABA community.
To aid in this effort, we consulted some of Hopebridge’s ABA Trainers for advice on how to pass the RBT® Exam on the first attempt. Ryan Napier, Jasmine Payne and Audrey Davis shared their top suggestions for materials to review when studying ABA therapy before taking the RBT Exam.
These six materials will set you off on the right foot, but what is the number one resource Hopebridge RBTs say helped them receive their certification? A job in a Hopebridge center. One of the perks about working at Hopebridge is a ton of helping hands to prepare for the exam, with the combined knowledge, experience and support of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), ABA trainers and RBTs who have been in your shoes. In addition, Hopebridge employees who begin as ABA therapists receive paid, on-the-job training towards the RBT certification’s 40-hour requirement. As part of the program, ABA therapists also have access to the materials on this study guide and more, including robust RBT Task List reviews, competency terms, verbal operants charts, teaching techniques and additional mock exams.
Final pro tip: when sitting for the RBT exam, use the “flag question” option to your advantage. Several RBTs who passed the exam mentioned they found it helpful not to spend too much time responding and instead flagged the questions that may have needed a second look before time ran out.
Does what Hopebridge has to offer sound like a fit for you? We offer positions and training support for our passionate team members to guide them through success. Visit our Hopebridge job board to review open ABA positions in your area.
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