Registered Behavior Technician

The number of children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) continues to increase. In 2014, the Center for Disease Control identified 1 in 68 children (including 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls) with ASD in the United States.

As the number of children diagnosed with ASD continues to increase so does the need for specially trained and credentialed (certified) professionals and caregivers in the area of applied behavior analysis (ABA).

To meet this growing need, the Behavior Analyst Certification BoardTM (BACB™) created the RBT™ credential in 2014.

This training program is based on the Registered Behavior Technician Task List and is designed to meet the 40-hour training requirement for the RBT credential. The program is offered independent of the BACB.

Course Duration
40 hours

Next Schedule
To Be Announced

Previous Schedule

UTRGV McAllen Teaching Site

Click below to add yourself to the wish list:

Wish List

  • What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?

    ABA is widely accepted among health care professionals and used in public schools and autism treatment clinics through the world.

    ABA is a science. Research conducted for well over 50 years supports the development of basic behavioral principles. These principles have been used to develop effective strategies and techniques used to increase skills and reduce challenging behavior.
  • Employment prospects of RBTs

    RBTs can seek employment working under the supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in the following setting:

    1) Private families in the home and community settings
    2) Private residential providers who own and operate group homes within the community
    3) State Supported Living Centers such as the Rio Grande Center in Harlingen
    4) Public schools as a paraprofessional in a a special or general education setting
    5) Private clinics that employ BCBAs and provide ABA therapy
    6) Behavioral in-patient crisis centers and hospital settings

    The definition of an RBT - according to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) is:
    The RBT is a paraprofessional who practices under the close, ongoing supervision of a BCBA, BCaBA, or FL-CBA (“designated RBT supervisor”). The RBT is primarily responsible for the direct implementation of skill-acquisition and behavior-reduction plans developed by the supervisor. The RBT may also collect data and conduct certain types of assessments (e.g., stimulus preference assessments). The RBT does not design intervention or assessment plans. It is the responsibility of the designated RBT supervisor to determine which tasks an RBT may perform as a function of his or her training, experience, and competence. The designated RBT supervisor is ultimately responsible for the work performed by the RBT.
  • Topics to be covered

    1) Confidentiality and HIPAA
    2) Abuse and Neglect of Individuals with I/DD
    3) Ethical Guidelines for ABA Practitioners
    4) Supporting Quality of Life for a Person with Developmental Disabilities
    5) Ethics and Clients' Rights
    6) Introduction to Asperger's Syndrome
    7) Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
    8) Principles of Behavior Part 1: Reinforcement
    9) Principles of Behavior Part 2: Behavior Reduction
    10) Antecedent Interventions
    11) Consequence Interventions
    12) Functions of Behavior: FBA
    13) Instructional Control
    14) Discrete Trial Instruction - Part 1
    15) Discrete Trial Instruction - Part 2
    16) Intensive Trial Teaching
    17) Introduction to Verbal Behavior
    18) Motor Imitation / Mimetic Behavior
    19) Naturalistic Teaching Strategies
    20) Receptive Language / Listener Responding
    21) Recording Behavior
    22) Teaching Early Social Skills
    23) Teaching New Behavior
    24) Teaching Requests/Mand Training
    25) Teaching Verbal Imitation / Echoics
    26) Graphing and Progress Evaluation
    27) Guidelines for Effective Documentation

1) Adults who work directly with children or adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
2) Paraprofessionals in the Speech Pathology and Occupation Therapy fields.
3) Direct care staff in residential settings such as group homes.

1) Be at least 18 years of age.
2) Possess a minimum of a high school diploma or national equivalent.


To review private loan options for continuing education programs, click below:

Private Loans

Note: If you are applying for the Continuing Education Private Loan to cover the registration fee for a non-credit continuing education program, then please use UTRGV Continuing Education School Code: 00359902. The loan amount you note in the application cannot exceed the open enrollment fee noted on our website. Minimum for the loans must be $500.00. Some service charges may apply.

Cheryl Fielding, Ph.D.,
Dr. Fielding began her work in the early 90s as a special education teacher and educational diagnostician in public school. After earning her doctorate in Special Education from Texas Woman’s University in 2000 she joined the faculty of the University of Texas-Pan American where she is currently a full professor and coordinates the Educational Diagnostician Program.
Dr. Fielding is a certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board at the doctoral level as a BCBA-D. She regularly teaches courses at UTPA that prepare special education teachers, educational diagnosticians, school psychologists and counselors to work with children who display challenging behavior.
In 2006 she was honored to receive the Provost’s Award in International Studies; 2011 the Distinguished Teaching Award from the College of Education; and in 2012 the University Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching from UTPA.
Dr. Fielding also conducts research and has authored/co-authored over 20 publications including two articles published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders and 2 book chapters.
Recently, Dr. Fielding consulted with Southwest Research Institute in the creation of an iPhone/iPad application developed to train parents and caregivers of children with challenging behavior called Behavior Breakthroughs (free download).
Dr. Fielding also regularly provides professional development, parent training workshops, and behavioral consultations for public schools, private autism and rehabilitation clinics, residential providers, and families.