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Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) Study Topics: Skill Acquisition (Part 2)

The RBT Task list is a document from the BACB (Behavior Analyst Certification Board) which describes concepts that a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) must be competent using in order to provide applied behavior analysis services.

There are a variety of topics on the RBT task list including: Measurement, Assessment, Skill Acquisition, Behavior Reduction, Documentation and Reporting, and Professional Conduct and Scope of Practice. (

Some of the topics identified in the Skill Acquisition category of the RBT task list includes the following concepts:

  • C-04: Implement discrete-trial teaching procedures
  • C-05: Implement naturalistic teaching procedures (e.g. incidental teaching)
  • C-06: Implement task analyzed chaining procedures
  • C-07: Implement discrimination training
  • C-08: Implement stimulus control transfer procedures


In the field of applied behavior analysis, people often think of DTT (discrete trial teaching) as what ABA looks like. Oftentimes, DTT is an intensive teaching strategy that occurs at a desk or table and chairs.

DTT is a structured ABA intervention strategy that breaks down specific targeted skills into small steps. ABA concepts, such as motivating operations, antecedents, consequences, and reinforcement are used in the context of the DTT trials to increase skill acquisition and decrease maladaptive behaviors.


Naturalistic teaching procedures are strategies that are used in ABA services that take place in an individual’s everyday environment and routines. Naturalistic teaching procedures could take place in a home, in the community, in a school setting, at mealtimes, at play times, or during any other common activity or routine.


Task analyzed chaining procedures refer to the idea that activities that are completed with multiple different behaviors can be broken down into small steps or chains of the task analysis (the order of task required to complete the activity).

Some examples of task analyzed chaining procedures being used including when a child is learning about tooth-brushing, washing his hands, clean up, and most any other daily living skills.


Discrimination training is when a professional is teaching a client about how to tell the difference between two or more stimuli.


Stimulus control transfer procedures are techniques in which prompts are discontinued once the target behavior is being displayed in the presence of the discriminative stimulus (Sd). Prompt fading and prompt delay are used in stimulus control transfer procedures.


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See a previous post here for information about C01-C03 on the RBT Task List.

See the Skill Acquisition Part 3 Post Here.

Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) Study Topics: Skill Acquisition (Part 2)

Heather Gilmore, MSW, BCBA

Heather is a freelance writer, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and social worker. Heather takes interest in topics related to parenting, children, families, personal development, health and wellness, applied behavior analysis, as well as Autism, ADHD, Depression and Anxiety. Contact Heather if you would like to inquire about obtaining her freelance writing services.You can view more articles and resources from Heather at and email her at [email protected] can also advertise your autism services at one of Heather's websites: is the developer of the "One-Year ABA Parent Training Curriculum."


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Gilmore, H. (2019). Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) Study Topics: Skill Acquisition (Part 2). Psych Central. Retrieved on January 29, 2020, from