What is an RBT/ABA Tutor?
Registered Behaviour Technicians and ABA tutors are paraprofessionals who works under the supervision of BCaBA, BCBA or BCBA-D. They implement interventions and may make minor changes but do not design ABA programmes or interventions. The difference between an RBT and an ABA tutor lies in the fact that in order to acquire certification, RBTs must undergo 40 hours of training, pass an examination and a competency assessment. They must also receive on-going supervision from a BCBA and comply with the BACB ethics requirements. There are no requirements for somebody to call themselves an ABA tutor. For this reason, it is recommended that those looking for individuals to work on an ABA programme consider hiring an RBT in the first instance. If no suitable RBT is available and an ABA tutor is available, you should ask them for information about their experience and supervision arrangement.
If you are currently searching for an RBT or ABA tutor, please consider posting an advertisement to the ABA Ireland Facebook group. Advertisements should state if an BCBA is already in place to provide supervision or if the RBT/ABA tutor will be required to provide their own supervision.