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What is the RBT Task List? (2nd edition)

Updated: Apr 8

Image of lined paper with "RBT Task List" written, along with the six domains of the task list written out

The Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) Task List is a document that encompasses the content that RBTs are expected to understand and competently demonstrate. To become certified as an RBT, you need to pass an exam. The questions on that exam are based on the RBT Task List. Therefore, having a solid understanding of each task is essential.

If you are pursuing RBT certification or supervising aspiring technicians, read on for an overview of the RBT Task List.

What is the format of the RBT task list?

The RBT task list is comprised of 6 domains:

  1. Measurement

  2. Assessment

  3. Skill Acquisition

  4. Behavior Reduction

  5. Documentation and Reporting

  6. Professional Conduct and Scope of Practice.

Each section has between 3 and 12 individual tasks. The sections with a higher number of tasks make up a more significant portion of the exam. For example, Section C has 12 tasks, making up 32% of the exam. Compare that to Section B, which only has 3 tasks, making up 8% of the exam. While you should thoroughly study every section, it makes sense to focus more on the domains that make up a larger percentage of the test.

Now, let's dive into each domain.

RBT Task List Section A: Measurement

The first section of the task list covers data collection and measurement. ABA is all about data! We use data to better understand our learners' behaviors and abilities. As an RBT, you will take data every day. Your BCBA will analyze the data and use it to inform the progression of your learner's care.

The specific tasks included in section A include:

  • A-1 Prepare for data collection.

  • A-2 Implement continuous measurement procedures (e.g., frequency, duration).

  • A-3 Implement discontinuous measurement procedures (e.g., partial & whole interval, momentary time sampling).

  • A-4 Implement permanent-product recording procedures.

  • A-5 Enter data and update graphs.

  • A-6 Describe behavior and environment in observable and measurable terms.

Take a deep dive into what each task entails with this full-length RBT Study Guide!

RBT Task List Section B: Assessment

Section B encompasses assessments that RBTs must know. This section only includes three tasks, accounting for the smallest portion of the exam (8%). BCBAs conduct most of the assessments in ABA. RBTs usually play a supportive role.

The specific tasks in section B include:

  • B-1 Conduct preference assessments.

  • B-2 Assist with individualized assessment procedures (e.g., curriculum-based, developmental, social skills).

  • B-3 Assist with functional assessment procedures.

RBT Task List Section C: Skill Acquisition

Section C covers skill acquisition tasks. These are the concepts and principles you will need to understand to teach your learners new skills. In ABA, we teach a wide range of skills, from communication and social skills to adaptive living, self-advocacy, and more. Understanding how to teach these skills is paramount.

The specific tasks in Section C include:

  • C-1 Identify the essential components of a written skill acquisition plan.

  • C-2 Prepare for the session as required by the skill acquisition plan.

  • C-3 Use contingencies of reinforcement (e.g., conditioned/unconditioned reinforcement, continuous/intermittent schedules).

  • C-4 Implement discrete-trial teaching procedures.

  • C-5 Implement naturalistic teaching procedures (e.g., incidental teaching).

  • C-6 Implement task analyzed chaining procedures.

  • C-7 Implement discrimination training.

  • C-8 Implement stimulus control transfer procedures.

  • C-9 Implement prompt and prompt fading procedures.

  • C-10 Implement generalization and maintenance procedures.

  • C-11 Implement shaping procedures.

  • C-12 Implement token economy procedures.