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Empowered RBT TM

Live Instructor

8 Week - 40-hour Training COHORT

Congratulations on choosing a career with passion.
This course is for those pursuing RBT and IBT credentials, as well as anyone who can benefit from using behavior science to improve the lives of those around them (e.g. paraprofessionals, educators, parents, coaches and more).
We meet weekly via livestream.

Step 1 of 3 to become a RBT or ibt

Empowered RBT TM
Live Instructor, 8 Week 
40-hour Training

**Your Journey Begins Here**
Whether you're new to the field, an experienced professional, or have a personal connection, Empowered RBTTM is your gateway to a fulfilling career using behavior science to influence behavior change globally.
This LIVE INSTRUCTOR course meets weekly for 8 weeks, taught by International Behavior Analyst - Tara Zeller, MS, BCBA, IBA.

If you prefer NOT to commit to a schedule, we have an option for you:
Empowered RBT TM Self-paced
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What to Expect from Empowered RBT TM

~ Comprehensive Curriculum: Our course covers everything you need to know to become a competent RBT. From understanding the ABCs of behavior to effective interventions, you'll have a strong foundation.
~ Experienced Instructors: Learn from industry experts who are passionate about helping you succeed in your career. Get personalized guidance and support.
~ Practical Experience: Put your knowledge to work through real-world scenarios and guided training.
~ Access to Exclusive Employer Database: As an Empowered RBT graduate, you'll have access to a network of employers seeking professionals like you.
~ Official Certificate of Completion: Upon graduation, receive your 40-hour training certificate, a crucial step toward becoming an RBT or IBT.

RBT Graduates Testimonials

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"If you're looking for an organized and well-informed program to get you're RBT certification. This is it! If I could score it higher,
I would."

Olivia Ortiz, RBT 40-hour Graduate

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Schedule and What's included?

  • Module 1: Introduction to RBT & ABA (BACB)
  • Module 1: Introduction to RBT & ABA (BACB)
  • Module 2: Assessment
  • Module 3: Measurement
  • Module 4: Skill Acquisition 1
  • Module 5: Skill Acquisition 2
  • Module 6: Behavior Reduction
  • Module 7: Ethics - Documentation & Professional Conduct
  • Cumulative Final
  • Course Feedback - Employer Partner Program
  • 6:00 - 8:30 pm eastern LIVESTREAM
    Wednesday February 21, 2024
    Wednesday February 28, 2024
    Wednesday March 06,  2024
    Wednesday March 13, 2024
    Wednesday March 20, 2024
    Wednesday March 27, 2024
    Wednesday April 03, 2024
    Wednesday April 10. 2024
    Wednesday April 17, 2024

  • 9 meetings livestream via ZOOM

  • Designed by a team of experts from a variety of backgrounds, and lead by BCBAs with 50 years combined experience

  • Lifetime access to RBT Connection – a private group of RBTs, BCaBAs, and BCBAs supporting you through your career

  • Exclusive access to our Employer Partnership Network and START YOUR CAREER

  • Discounts on AppleTree products

  • Career advice from entry-level to Leadership 

  • Competency Assessment support

Course contents

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this course for?

This course is for ANYONE who wants to help another person or groups of people live their best lives. Whether you are pursuing your RBT or IBT credential, a parent, an educator, or someone who was previously trained and wants to strengthen their foundational knowledge - this course is a MUST!

Is there a minimum age?

RBTs must be 18. But, if you are taking this course for the knowledge, there is no minimum age.

Do I need a degree to take this course?

RBTs need at least a high school diploma (or equivalent), But, if you are taking this course for the knowledge, there is NO degree requirement.

Does the course come with email or call support?

Yes, this LIVE INSTUCTOR course provides access to your instructor weekly, as well as email and text support. Use the 'contact us' feature or contact text # provided.

What if I have technical concerns?

AppleTree Connection has created a seamless experience and flow. However, we know technical difficulties arise at times when technology is involved.

If you experience an issue:
  • Refer to this FAQ section (located on your course overview page) It may have been solved.
  • If it is not solved there, refer to the "Contact Us" form for instructions

What are common/simple solutions to tech issues?

  • Refresh your browser
  • Hit the back button 
  • Close other tabs
  • Close other programs
  • Try a different browser
  • Restart your computer
  • Check firewall settings
  • Try a different device

Does this course have graded items?

Yes - they are covered in the Getting Started Module.

How many attempts do I get for each graded item?

Refer to the Getting Started Module, as well as each graded activity in the course navigation, and on the course overview/course home page.

Is ABA a field I can grow in?

Yes! ABA is a science and a field. There are credential opportunities at the Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral level and across industries. We currently only provide the 40-hour training for the RBT/IBT. The content, however, is taught at a higher level, and is geared towards pursuing higher levels.

Do I need to pass a background check to work as a RBT?

Yes. As a RBT you will have to be able to pass a background check. Your supervisor will confirm the validity during the Competency Assessment step. Step 2 of 3. 

How hard is it to find a job as a RBT?

The demand out paces the supply for RBTs. Many local and many nation-wide agencies have waiting lists for clients due to the low supply of RBTs. Average salary $43,000. RBTs work in a variety of industries. The skillset gained in this course crosses industries, populations an roles.

As a RBT, will I only work with children with autism?

The science of behavior and applied behavior analysis have limitless applications. RBTs provide services to a variety of be people with differing ages, genders, and abilities. The population of people you serve depends on the company you work for. 

Once I am a RBT (after I do all 3 steps), do I have to work in the state that I became certified?

The RBT certification is borderless and recognized nationally. The IBT is recognized internationally. Some states may have licensure on top of the certification. This is on a state by state basis. Florida does NOT have licensure for RBT, BCaBA, BCBA or BCBA-D.

Will the Registered Behavior Technician Training Certificate be compliant with RBT Task List (2nd Edition), as required for all RBT applications after November 2019?

https://www.bacb.com/rbt/rbt-requirements/ Yes, our course has been updated to match the RBT 2nd Edition Task List! You will be prepared to take the Competency Assessment and the BACB RBT Board exam associated with the 2nd Edition Task List list!

What is your Exclusive Employer Partnership Program?

This program is exclusive to our graduates, since we are confident in their training. Our Employer Partners are diverse and each offer different things including, but not limited to: Competency Assessment. internships and employment.

If you are in need of the Competency Assessment, and would like to access our program, we encourage you invest in our 40-hour program that will prepare you for success as an RBT.

How many questions are on the RBT Board Exam?

Check the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) website for up to date information. If you need help preparing for the RBT Board Exam, we offer study tools. Click here to learn more

Can I take this course from outside of FL?

Yes, anyone, anywhere can take this course. Your knowledge goes with you everywhere with you.

If you are pursuing the RBT Training Certificate it is borderless in the US, Canada, Australia and U.K. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) is a national credentialing organization. This certification is recognized in all 50 states.

The IBT credential is recognized internationally.

Can I complete my Competency Assessment outside of Florida?

Yes. The RBT certification and the process of getting certified (steps 1-3) are borderless. You can take your training in 1 state, do your Competency Assessment in another, and sit for your RBT Board exam in a totally different state. This is a national certificate! If you want to get added to out next Competency Assessment cohort, click here.
Meet the instructor

Tara Zeller, MS, BCBA, IBA

Founder and  International Behavior Analyst of AppleTree Connection (established in 2015), Tara Zeller, MS, BCBA. IBA

Tara began her love affair with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in 1997 during an internship at UCF. Her passion grew from there. She earned her BCaBA credential in 2005 and her BCBA in 2006. Over the course of her ABA career, Tara has served as: Clinical Lead Behavior Analyst (helping countless families, schools, practitioners, and children); Conference presenter & Panelist; Professional Board Committee member; Supervisor; Mentor; and business owner. She enjoys the role of business owner, and her favorite part is empowering her staff and clients to reach their highest potential.
In her spare time, Tara enjoys traveling with her family, paddle boarding, hiking, exploring, relaxing in her hammock, spending time with her friends & loved ones, and seeing her children experience life and all it has to offer!
Patrick Jones - Course author