What is a BCBA and RBT?
Professionals in the field of behavior analysis and credentialed by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) are able to hold one of several different titles including BCBA-D, BCBA, BCaBA and RBT.
A BCBA-D is a doctorate level provider while a BCBA (board certified behavior analyst) is a masters level provider. A BCaBA is a bachelor level provider. While individuals these credentials may develop and supervise behavioral programs, one typically finds that BCBA/BCBA-D providers are responsible for designing intervention and assessment plans and service-delivery oversight while individuals with the BCaBA credential typically operate in a position assisting these supervisors.
The new Registered Behavioral Technician (RBT) credential is available to those paraprofessional who practices under the close, ongoing supervision of a BCBA or BCaBA. The RBT team member’s main role is the direct implementation of skill-acquisition and behavior-reduction plans and subsequent data collection as developed by the supervisor. Additionally, the RBT may assist with assessment. The designated RBT supervisor is ultimately responsible for the work performed by the RBT. While the RBT credential is not yet a universally mandatory credential, here a DBS we believe that following the training standards as set forth by the BACB will not only support our dedicated team members in their invaluable role but will also ultimately improve the overall quality applied behavior-analytic services we provide.
Additionally to the BCBA certification some states license behavior analysts on the state level. The Illinois ABA association among others are working on passing licensure in the state of Illinois but to date we are not there yet.