As part of RCRC’s SAE Grant, we are offering  a pathway for local bi-lingual/bi-cultural youth to gain training and employment in their local Community’s with Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) Training.

This is a 40-hour Training with Tricia Wood, MA, BCBA as the Class Instructor

“Our goal is to make socially significant changes to our clients’ lives, allowing them access to their education, employment, and social & cultural communities”

View our 40-hour RBT Training Update – Building a culturally responsive workforce in the Redwood community

What is an RBT?

An RBT, or Registered Behavior Technician, is a paraprofessional who works one-on-one or in small groups with clients. RBTs assist a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in helping individuals develop functional social and life skills, and in helping with behavioral challenges. An RBT, under the guidance of a supervising BCBA, collects data and carries out person-centered
treatment protocols and/or behavior plans.

Who should be an RBT?

The RBT training is useful for anyone interested in learning about behavior. We designed our training for persons interested in working in schools, clinics, or in-home services. Practically anyone can benefit from being introduced to evidence-based procedures that are founded in the science of behavior, or Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). The following individuals would especially benefit:

  • People working directly with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Teachers, Teaching Assistants/Aide, Daycare & After-School staff, and Supervisors
  • Speech Pathologists and Occupational Therapists, Clinical Social Workers
  • Direct care staff in residential settings such as group homes
  • Hospital administrators and staff
    Nursing supervisors, Home Health aides, Direct Care staff, Special Needs staff
  • Parents
  • Anyone working with individuals who lack communication and/or self-care skills
  • Anyone working with individuals with challenging behaviorWhat are the requirements?

A Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) is an entry-level position and requires an individual be at least 18 years old, provide a copy of their HS diploma (or equivalent), pass a background check and to have completed 40-hours of RBT training in order to qualify for RBT certification through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).

What will I Learn?

Our skilled trainers will cover all of the tasks and subtasks on the RBT Task List. Teaching you evidence-based behavior intervention techniques and strategies for individuals including, but not
limited to:

  • Behavior measurement
  • Assessment
  • Skill acquisition
  • Behavior reduction
  • In-session troubleshooting
  • Documentation and reporting
  • Professional and ethical conduct
  • Scope of practice

Are there jobs for RBTs?

Yes! Our local region (Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino & Lake Counties) have a high need for skilled RBTs. And, by becoming a Registered Behavior Technician you have begun your journey in
the fascinating field of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). You can use your RBT training and experience to further your career while helping others and bettering lives in our community.

Why was the RBT Grant developed?

The Redwood Coast Regional Center (RCRC) realized there was an unmet service need for their clients – a lack of Registered Behavior Technicians. Additionally, RCRC found that this lack of access to RBTs was affecting some populations in their catchment at a greater disparity than others, specifically, Hispanic and Native American. In order to reduce this inequity in service access and delivery, The RBT Grant was developed to increase service capacity by removing barriers to the training by offering it at zero-cost to participants, offering ESL (English/Spanish support) and providing the training in a variety of formats (in-person, zoom) and times (weekdays, weekends and evenings) to best meet the needs of participants. Additionally, RCRC has partnered with local organizations to connect participants with an agency for employment upon completion of the training, directly increasing service capacity while also building a highly skilled workforce for Regional Center clientele.

How do I get started?

If you are interested in starting your professional journey as a Registered Behavior Technician please contact Amy at or (707) 234-5764Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)