Build your toolbox to effectively support people with autism and other learning difficulties at home, in the classroom and in the community.
with option for RBT® certification!
Children and adolescents with autism, other disability or other learning difficulties often show unwanted behaviours and troubles in learning language, in learning self-help skills, academic skills, sharing and social skills.
The most studied and recognised discipline that can help people with autism is Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), which demonstrated great results even for people affected by other conditions.
When there is demand for ABA services, it is vital that there are specially trained professionals who are available to provide this kind of intervention.
Becoming a Behaviour Technician (BT) can therefore offer employment opportunities and can equip people already working with children (e.g. teachers) with additional tools when challenges arise.
The training at Foundations For Learning is one weekend per month (a Saturday and a Sunday 10:30-17:30) for six months.
The RBT training created by FFL is aimed at educators, teachers, pedagogists, psychologists, speech therapists and other professionals who want to introduce behavioral approach (ABA) in their practice.
Since one of the minimum requirements to apply for RBT® certification is high school diploma, the training is also aimed for parents of children with learning difficulties, unwanted behaviours and/or autism and to high school graduates who want to work with people with learning difficulties, or more in general, in the field of education.
Potential clients for future RBTs are children and adolescents:
Every person can learn, every person can change their behaviour, and ABA is the science of behaviour and learning. The RBT® is the professional who, thanks to ABA, effectively help the person to change and to reach their goals.
The tools learnt on the course can be implemented in many settings (e.g. by a teacher in a classroom). However, a BT is a paraprofessional who applies ABA under the continuous supervision of a behavior analyst or an assistant analyst. The BT is primarily responsible for the direct implementation of intervention plans that are designed by his supervisor, whose responsibility is to decide which activities a BT can carry out based on his training, experience and competence.
Only for Training course 2022, Foundations For Learning offer to new BTs the possibility to sit for RBT® (Registered Behaviour Technician) certification according to criteria set by the world’s most famous organization to certify behavior analysis professionals: the BACB® (Behavior Analyst Certification Board®).
Being an RBT® accredits the candidate in the eyes of families and institutions as a qualified and recognized professional all over the world, since the RBT® certification provides quality guarantees with respect to the preparation in Behavioral Analysis. The RBT® does not operate independently, but has the obligation to be supervised by a BCBA® for at least 5% of the time spent in their work.
For more information of the BACB® and the certifications offered, please visit: www.bacb.com
The BACB currently accepts certification applications from individuals regardless of their country of residence, but from January 1, 2023, only individuals who reside in the US, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom may apply for BACB® certifications.
Candidates who earned the certification before January 1, 2023, will maintain the title indefinitely. Hence, the training offered by Foundations For Learning may be the last opportunity to train and earn RBT® certification in Switzerland.
For more information on the restrictions that will take place after January 1, 2023, please visit www.bacb.com/rbt/ and download the RBT Handbook.
While there are many significantly cheaper US-based online training options available, our course goes well beyond the minimum 40 hours requirement, offering 68 hours of teaching (+8 hours for the final exam). This is because our aim is to train RBTs that feel confident and comfortable in their work and not to simply churn out people with an RBT® certification.
A crucial aspect of our course is that all the sessions will be held face-to-face by a highly qualified and experienced Board Certified Behaviour Analyst who will guide candidates to learn by a practical point o view, with many direct working session during which candidates will be trained not only to verbally know, but to physically apply interventions.
Practical activities have been designed to teach the implementation of the most famous and important ABA procedures and will be proposed in the majority of sessions: the teacher will supervise practical work by the participants, sorted out in couples, and proper learning materials will be provided in order to arrange simulations of ABA sessions.
Given the current shortage of BTs in Switzerland, FFL may be able to offer possibility to work in the ABA projects of the company once training is completed.
To summarise, training at Foundations For Learning will offer the following advantages:
Our training provides to candidates all the foundations of Applied Behaviour Analysis as a science and the basic practical skills to support people with autism, other disability or other learning or behavioural difficulties. The course enables candidates to apply to the examination provided by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) in order to obtain the certification of Registered Behavior Technician™ (RBT®).
This training program is based on the Registered Behavior Technician Task List (2nd ed.) and is designed to meet the 40-hour training requirement for the RBT® credential. The program is offered independent of the BACB®.
According to RBT Task List (2nd ed) the targets of the training are here summarised:
1) Measure behavior
2) Assess functional skills and problem behaviours (Assessment)
3) Procedures for the acquisition of functional skills
4) Procedures for reducing problem behaviours
5) Maintain adequate documentation and communication of what has been done in the session
6) Professional and ethical conduct
In general, the course offered aims to train an effectively qualified paraprofessional able to provide effective ABA treatments under the supervision of a BCBA®.
To read the syllabus of the training, please click on the following link: LINK
Michael Nicolosi - Psychologist, BCBA® Director of ABA services at Foundations For Learning.
The course lasts 68 hours of teaching + 8 hours for the final exam, and will take place face-to-face at the location indicated by FFL. During sessions, the teacher will provide both theoretical and practical training on how to implement the most common ABA procedures with clients.
In case of COVID-19 related restrictions, face-to-face sessions will be substituted by online meetings and advanced instructional materials will be shown and discussed with the students (e.g.: sessions on how to teach important skills; video-recordings of actual ABA sessions about techniques to reduce and solve challenging behaviours).
Location: Zürich (room to be defined)
The following is the proposed calendar:
Saturday 29 – 10.00 – 13.00; 14.30 – 17.30 – 6h
Sunday 30 – 10.00 – 13.00; 14.30 – 17.30 – 6h
Saturday 26 – 10.00 – 13.00; 14.30 – 17.30 – 6h
Sunday 27 – 10.00 – 13.00; 14.30 – 17.30 – 6h
Saturday 26 – 10.00 – 13.00; 14.30 – 17.30 – 6h
Sunday 27 – 10.00 – 13.00; 14.30 – 17.30 – 6h
Saturday 23 – 10.00 – 13.00; 14.30 – 17.30 – 6h
Sunday 24 – 10.00 – 13.00; 14.30 – 17.30 – 6h
Saturday 21 – 10.00 – 13.00; 14.30 – 17.30 – 6h
Sunday 22 – 10.00 – 13.00; 14.30 – 17.30 – 6h
Saturday 18 – 10.00 – 13.00; 14.30 – 17.30 – 6h
Sunday 19 – 10.00 – 12.00 – 2h
In order to obtain the RBT training certificate, the candidate must demonstrate competence in ABA through theoretical, multiple choices examination (110 questions in 2.5 hours) and a practical examination during which the candidate must demonstrate the skill to apply all the most relevant ABA procedures studied during the training.
In case of COVID-19 related restrictions, the two examinations will be substituted by an oral examination that will be held online, singularly, with the teacher.
Completing the RBT training is the first and the most challenging of the requirements to become RBT®. Here are listed all the necessary requirements to obtain the RBT® certification:
Course of at least 40 hours that meets the requirements of the RBT® Task List (2nd ed.) Here offered by Foundations For Learning with related internal theoretical and practical examination.
18 or more years of age.
High school diploma or higher qualification.
Delivery of the criminal record to the future BCBA® or BCaBA® supervisor (it has to be produced no more than 180 days before the certification request).
Passing the RBT® Competency Assessment exam – performed with the future BCBA® or BCaBA® supervisor. The exam is passed when the candidate demonstrates competence in each of the assessment areas. The exam must be carried out no more than one year before the certification request. The RBT Competency Assessment must be performed with the candidate’s future BCBA® supervisor, who must be found externally to FFL. Students that will start a collaboration with FFL could choose the teacher of the training as BCBA supervisor.
Passing the RBT® Examination – the exam consists of a total of 85 multiple choice questions to be completed in 90 minutes and is performed at one of the more than 400 Pearson VUE testing sites at a cost of $ 45. The exam is currently only available in English and the results are provided immediately upon completion. The exam must be performed externally to FFL.
Passing the required exams and all other criteria listed will guarantee enrolment in the RBT® online register, upon payment of the BACB® Application Fee ($ 50).
In order to maintain the RBT® certification it is necessary to respect the following requirements:
• To sign up, complete the form at the following link: FORM
• Participation fee: 2.500 CHF. The fee includes the theoretical and practical examinations that will be available at the end of the course.
• The fee must be paid via FORM
• Registrations without the payment fee will not be taken into consideration.
• The refund of the participation fee will be made only and exclusively in case Foundations For Learning decides to cancel the training or suspend the lessons. The training will start with a minimum of 10 participant. In case the minimum threshold is not reached, the beginning of the course could be postponed to the following month.
Visit the following website: www.bacb.com/rbt/
Or contact the director of ABA services of FFL at firstname.lastname@example.org or at +39 3470411481 (Whatsapp)
This training program is based on the Registered Behavior Technician Task List (2nd ed.) and is designed to meet the 40-hour training requirement for the RBT® credential.
The program is offered independent of the BACB®.
The term “autism spectrum disorder” indicates changes in the development of different areas of functioning. We speak of an autistic “spectrum” because within this diagnosis there is great individual variability with respect to the level of severity and symptoms manifested. Impairments can be serious and generalized and concern the interest in others, the skills of social interaction, linguistic and non-verbal communication, activities and more generally the individual’s behaviors, which appear restricted, repetitive and stereotyped.
The signs of autism can emerge from birth or can manifest themselves later. The diagnosis is generally experienced by parents with distress and has a strong impact on the life of family members as it is a chronic, lifelong condition.
Despite the hype, however, autism is NOT a hopeless condition.
ABA is a branch of psychology that studies human behavior and is aimed at resolving deficits and behavioural excesses on the basis of interventions implemented on the environment.
By virtue of the thousands of scientific studies in support, ABA is internationally recognized as the method of choice for people with autism spectrum disorder and there are evidences of its effectiveness also with other conditions as:
Burke & Wesolowski, 1988
Neil, Amicarelli, Anderson & Liesemer, 2021
Mindell, Kuhn, Lewin, Meltzer, & Sadeh, 2006
Delay et. al, 2014
18 or more years of age.
Ho, Perry & Koudys, 2020
Franks et. al, 2013
Schloss & Smith, 1998
McCart, Priester, Davies, & Azen, 2006
A growing number of researchers agree that many children with autism receiving ABA intervention (i.e. 15-40 hours of intervention a week administered before the age of five and over the course of 1-4 years) show substantial improvements in different domains as:
Social Skills · Communication · Emotional Skills Adaptation · Cognitive Skills
(Eikeseth, Smith, Jahr, & Eldevik, 2002; Eldevik, Hastings, Hughes, Eikeseth, & Cross, 2010; Howard, Sparkman, Cohen, Green, & Stanislaw, 2005; Klintwall, Eldevik, & Eikeseth, 2015).
(Birnbrauer & Leach, 1993; Cohen, Amerine-Dickens, & Smith, 2006; Eikeseth, Klintwall, Jahr, & Karlsson, 2012; Lovaas, 1987; Luiselli, O’Malley Cannon, Ellis, & Sisson, 2000; Sallows & Graupner, 2005; Smith, Buch, & Gamby, 2000; Smith, Eikeseth, Klevstrand, & Lovaas, 1997; Smith, Groen, & Wynn, 2000)
Even if ABA is very well suited for people with autism,
ABA is not just a “method for autism”.
This fascinating science is in fact applicable to different contexts: disability in general, anxiety disorders, phobias, depression, psychosis, impulse-control disorder, obsessive disorders, etc.
It also finds application in contexts related to non-pathological behavior (education, social discomfort, parental difficulties, human resources, behavior based safety, performance management, sport, etc.)
Today ABA is an extremely rich research field, boasting hundreds of new studies every year and frequent conferences all over the world.
For more information on ABA, visit www.abainternational.org