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Can an RBT Become a BCBA?

Yes, you can work for a while as an RBT and then become a BCBA.

steven zauderer
Steven Zauderer
September 12th, 2022

If you're interested in becoming a board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA) as an RBT, you've come to the right place. It is possible for a behavior technician to become a behavior analyst. Follow the steps below and you'll become a certified behavior analyst!

can an rbt become a bcba

How RBTs Can Become BCBAs

In the ABA therapy industry, RBTs are paraprofessionals and BCBAs are professionals. If you are currently an RBT and you'd like to become a BCBA, you must do the following:

  1. You will need to obtain an undergraduate degree and then work toward a graduate degree or complete relevant educational requirements which are defined by the BACB. It will take multiple years to complete the coursework, so you can gain experience as an RBT while you do this.
  2. You will need to pass the BCBA certification exam. We have a guide on how to pass the BCBA exam that you can read on our site.

Considering Your Options

Before switching to become a BCBA, there are a few things to consider. As an RBT, you might work in a school, clinician's office, or as an in-home ABA practitioner. Choose the option which appeals to you and your goals most as you complete your graduate studies.

steven zauderer

CEO of CrossRiverTherapy - a national ABA therapy company based in the USA.

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