Continuing Education & RBT Training

Registered Behavior Technician Training Program


USF's RBT Program Ranks 2nd!

The ABA Registered Behavior Technician Training program has achieved the second-highest pass rate in the country according to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board for 2023. This marks the 5th (probably more than that) consecutive year the RBT program has been in the Top 5.

USF RBT Ranking
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The Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) training program is based on the RBT Ethics Code 2.0 and the Registered Behavior Technician Task List (2nd ed.) and is designed to meet the 40-hour training requirement for the RBT certificate. The program is offered independent of the BACB. Once registered, you must complete the course within 180 days of registering.

Course Format

The RBT Program consists of 10 online modules, each containing a narrated presentation and a 10 question quiz at the end of each module. Additionally, there are 5 bonus activities. Successful completion of the course requires sequential completion of each module (80% grade on each module quiz) and a final exam (passing grade of 70% or more). You have 5 attempts to pass the final exam. Failure to pass the exam will result in failing the course. Upon successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate of completion. Once all modules are successfully completed, you will receive a certificate of completion indicating the 40-hour training was based on the RBT Ethics Code 2.0 and RBT Task List (2nded.), which will be needed to meet the additional requirements (see below) to attain the RBT certificate.

RBT Credential Process


To obtain the RBT credential through the BACBA® you must complete the following steps:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age
  2. Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  3. Pass a criminal background check to be completed within 180 days of the RBT application
  4. Complete the 40-hour RBT training course (this course)
    • Must be completed within 180 days of the registration date
    • You must receive a score of 70% or above for the final exam
    • You will receive a certificate at the end of this course
  5. Locate a BCBA to complete the RBT competency assessment with you:
    • RBT competency assessment
    • If necessary you can locate BCBAs via the BACB website 
    • The BCBA must sign off on the RBT competency and should not abbreviate any of the information
    • This person will also be the Responsible Certificant
  6. Apply (and pay the application fee) for the RBT credential 
  7. Sign up (and pay the exam fee), complete, and pass the RBT exam

For more information visit the BACB website.

Initial Competency Assessment

Please note that it is the RBT applicant's responsibility to locate a BCBA or BCaBA (i.e., assessor) to conduct the initial competency assessment. USF faculty do not conduct these nor assist with finding an assessor for individuals who complete the 40-hr RBT course at USF. Additionally, the BACB requires that the assessor (e.g., BCBA; BCaBA) be employed by the same organization as the RBT applicant. (Please see Page 4: Therefore, if you are not currently employed by an ABA agency, we recommend you search online for RBT positions in the area where you reside and contact the agencies hiring to determine if they employ individuals who are in the process of attaining their RBT credential (e.g., have or are completing the 40-hr course). Additional information about the application process and other requirements of RBTs can be found here 


Have Questions?
Tracy-Ann Gilbert-Smith
Applied Behavior Analysis Program
Department of Child and Family Studies
13301 Bruce B Downs Blvd.
MHC 2113A
Tampa, Fl 33612

The USF/ABA program offers discounted rates based on affiliation status. For anyone who is interested in getting the discounted price please contact Tracy-Ann Gilbert-Smith for instructions and to submit proof of your affiliation.

Current students enrolled in the USF Master's in ABA program must directly contact Tracy-Ann Gilbert-Smith.

Standard Price Non-USF affiliation: $200 per person (Group Discount available for 10 or more individuals: $150 per person)

Affiliation discounts:

  • Currently enrolled USF students in ABA Master's program (online or on-campus): free - must directly contact Tracy-Ann Gilbert-Smith.
  • USF students in ABA Minor program: $50 per person (no group discount available)
  • USF students (not in a Master's/Undergraduate ABA program) or employees of our practicum sites: $100 per person (Group Discount available for 10 or more individuals: $75 per person)
  • USF graduates: $100 per person

PLEASE NOTE: Charges are non-refundable and will appear on your bank's statement as "BC Innovations, Inc." 


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  • Internet Connection: A broadband connection is recommended.
  • Software: No specialized software is needed, except ensuring your system has the latest video codecs installed.
  • Audio: Speakers (internal or external) or headset speakers is required.