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Course details and registration information

Autism Technician/Registered Behavior Technician Training
Overall Quality of This Course
Based on 6 student surveys.
Available Classes
Not currently offered.
Description Course Outline Requirements Intended Audience More Details
Intended Audience
Students interested in learning about best practices and how to be effective when working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The course is designed for a paraprofessional who will be working with children and adults in the school, clinic, home, and group home settings.
Become a paraprofessional in the field of Autism services. Learn principles and strategies for working with adults and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This course provides an understanding of ASD and best practices for assisting those with functional communication acquisition, social skill development, and behavior change. You'll learn about Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), an empirically validated method for changing behaviors and teaching social and adaptive living skills such as self-care. Successful completion of the course results in a certificate of completion for the 40-hour Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) course, which can lead to certification as an RBT from the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB). The Registered Behavior Technician is a paraprofessional certified in behavior analysis who practices under the direction of a supervisor. Demand is high due to the prevalence of ASD and North Carolina's insurance mandates for ABA Services. Certification will help students become more marketable and increase opportunities for employment and advancement in the field. Students interested in proceeding to certification can take a competency assessment and schedule the RBT exam. During the course, students will be able to meet with potential employers.
Course Objectives
  1. Understand how to build and maintain positive relationships with individuals with ASD.
  2. Learn to recognize symptoms/diagnostic criteria of ASD.
  3. Learn to describe behavior and environment in observable and measurable terms.
  4. Learn technical language and have functional, working knowledge of behavior analytic principles.
  5. Effectively implement the goals, targets and protocols written and overseen by a supervising clinician.
  6. Learn to effectively communicate and work in a collaborative team environment.
  7. Clear understanding of ethical and professional behavior in the human service field.
  8. Prepare students to sit for the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT®) credential by teaching the skills (identified by the BACB®) in the RBT® Task List (2nd ed.), included in the outline.
Outline of Instruction
  1. Early signs, symptoms, history, and diagnostic criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
  2. Effective treatment options for treating symptoms of ASD.
  3. History and applications of the science of Applied Behavior Analysis.
  4. Understanding positive reinforcement.
  5. HIPAA compliant communication.
  6. Scope of competency and escalation.
  7. Prepare for data collection.
  8. Implement continuous measurement procedures (e.g., frequency, duration).
  9. Implement discontinuous measurement procedures (e.g., partial & whole interval, momentary time sampling).
  10. Implement permanent-product recording procedures.
  11. Enter data and update graphs.
  12. Conduct preference assessments.
  13. Assist with individualized assessment procedures (e.g., curriculum-based, developmental, social skills).
  14. Assist with functional assessment procedures.
  15. Skill Acquisition.
  16. Identify the essential components of a written skill acquisition plan.
  17. Prepare for the session as required by the skill acquisition plan.
  18. Use contingencies of reinforcement (e.g., conditioned/unconditioned reinforcement, continuous/intermittent schedules).
  19. Implement discrete-trial teaching procedures.
  20. Implement naturalistic teaching procedures (e.g., incidental teaching).
  21. Implement task analyzed chaining procedures.
  22. Implement discrimination training.
  23. Implement stimulus control transfer procedures.
  24. Implement prompt and prompt fading procedures.
  25. Implement generalization and maintenance procedures.
  26. Implement shaping procedures.
  27. Implement token economy procedures.
  28. Identify essential components of a written behavior reduction plan.
  29. Describe common functions of behavior.
  30. Implement interventions based on modification of antecedents such as motivating operations and discriminative stimuli.
  31. Implement differential reinforcement procedures (e.g., DRA, DRO).
  32. Implement extinction procedures.
  33. Implement crisis/emergency procedures according to protocol.
  34. Effectively communicate with a supervisor in an ongoing manner.
  35. Actively seek clinical direction from supervisor in a timely manner.
  36. Report other variables that might affect the client in a timely manner.
  37. Generate objective session notes for service verification by describing what occurred during the sessions, in accordance with applicable legal, regulatory, and workplace requirements.
  38. Comply with applicable legal, regulatory, and workplace data collection, storage, transportation, and documentation requirements.
  39. Professional Conduct and Scope of Practice.
  40. Describe the BACB’s RBT supervision requirements and the role of RBTs in the service-delivery system.
  41. Respond appropriately to feedback and maintain or improve performance accordingly.
  42. Communicate with stakeholders (e.g., family, caregivers, other professionals) as authorized.
  43. Maintain professional boundaries (e.g., avoid dual relationships, conflicts of interest, social media contacts).
  44. Maintain client dignity.
Contact Hours
Industry Standard, State, or National Certification
BACB - Behavior Analyst Certification Board
Website URL
Certification Learning Outcomes/Requirements
  1. Course Qualifies for 40 hours necessary training for Registered Behavior Technician Credential offered by the BACB
CE to CU Articulation
HS Diploma or GED
Text and Supplies Needed
Laptop, reliable internet access, stopwatch (or stopwatch app), webcam, speakers
Clinical Site/Special Facilities
Requirements for Successful Completion of this Course
  1. Attendance 90% or above
  2. Participation
  3. 100% Completion of asynchronous videos/materials/homework assignments.
  4. 80% or greater on final exam (for those wishing to gain necessary certificate (for the RBT credential)).
  5. Participation includes keeping your camera on and answering ASR. Group discussions as well as speaking to answer questions, provide input, or use your mic are required.
Accreditation/Special Approval Requirements
Intended Audience
Students interested in learning about best practices and how to be effective when working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The course is designed for a paraprofessional who will be working with children and adults in the school, clinic, home, and group home settings.
Specific Industry or Business Support Needs
Registered Behavior Technician, Autism Technician
Wake County Need for Industry Positions
Butterfly Effects and the ABA are both currently hiring for Wake County and surrounding areas.
Industry or Job Titles Related to training Outcomes for Employment
  • Autism Technician
  • Registered Behavioral Technician
Related Courses
  • Teaching Students With Autism: Strategies for Success - EDU-3200NE
  • Autism and the 1st Responder/Medical Response - FIP-4728BA4
  • Teacch School Transition to Employment and Postsecondary Education (T-STEP) Program - CSP-4000E2
  • TEACCH School Transition to Employment and Postsecondary Education (T-STEP) Program - CSP-4000FE2
Course Contact Information
Community & Career Education Staff