Humboldt County Office of Education: Certified Behavior Support Technician (CBST)

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HCOE Job Description

Certified Behavior Support Technician (CBST)


    Classification: Classified

    Under the general supervision of the SELPA Director and direction of SELPA Behaviorists, the Certified Behavior Support Technician (CBST) provides specific and intensive support to Humboldt/Del Norte SELPA students with behavioral issues in accordance with comprehensive positive behavioral intervention plans and utilizing effective behavior management strategies. The CBST will work 1:1 with students for short-term emergency situations; deliver instructions; participate as a member of the educational team, and help implement all components of the student’s individual program. This is a 10-month position.


    • Implements behavior intervention plans and strategies
    • Consults and collaborates with SELPA, district, and site staff
    • Collects data as part of the assessment process and daily as relevant to the behavior plan
    • Participate in IEP meetings as appropriate
    • Maintains appropriate documentation, records, and reports
    • Works one on one with students with serious behavioral needs
    • Support students through transition into new education settings
    • Performs other duties as assigned
    • Compliance with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s (BCBA) ethics requirements relevant to Registered Behavioral Technicians


    Knowledge of:

    • Basic concepts of child growth and development and developmental behavior characteristics, particularly pertaining to pupils with special learning needs;
    • Behavior management strategies and techniques relating to pupils experiencing behavioral difficulties;
    • Positive behavioral interventions and applied behavior analysis;
    • Appropriate English usage, punctuation, spelling, and grammar;
    • Data record-keeping systems with or without the use of technology;
    • Routine record storage, retrieval, and management procedures

    Ability to:

    • Work with students having special needs and/or aggressive behaviors
    • Appropriately manage student behavior and guide student toward more acceptable social behaviors;
    • Implement positive behavioral intervention plans
    • Model appropriate behavioral techniques
    • Assist in teaching children who have special learning needs;
    • Maintain emotional control under difficult situations;
    • Learn and adapt to new procedures and conditions;
    • Learn laws, rules, practices, and procedures related to public education for children and related to the program to which assigned;
    • Maintain professional competency;
    • Take extensive data and perform a variety of related clerical tasks
    • Communicate effectively
    • Supervise children in the classroom and out of doors;
    • Follow oral and written directions;
    • Adapt to changing work demands;
    • Manage task priorities to meet deadlines;
    • Work under varying degrees of stress;
    • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals and groups;
    • Read and comprehend fine print such as contracts, spreadsheets, texts, catalogs, etc.;
    • Communicate effectively via telephone, computer modem, and in-person;
    • Be physically agile and possess sufficient strength and stamina to work with children who may be prone to sudden flight or aggression.

    (Consideration will be given to requests for reasonable accommodation for the physical requirements.)

    Education and Experience:

    • Graduation from high school or comparable demonstration of basic competence and not less than two years experience working with students with special needs in a school setting involving students exhibiting complex and/or severe behavioral concerns. Two years of college training related to psychology, child development, or education may be substituted for one year of experience. Some skills in sign language are desirable but not required.
    • Passing score on the paraprofessional exam in addition to current Registered Behavior Technician Certification, or willingness to obtain and maintain registration as Behavior Technician within 6 months of hire required* The CBST is expected to work under the supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) to pursue and maintain certification as a Registered Behavior Technician through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).  Any associated training time will be included in the workday and the employer will cover costs associated with training and required supervision. Employer will cover the cost of taking the RBT Competency Assessment up to 3 times within the 6-month timeframe.
    • *To obtain certification as a Registered Behavior Technician, the applicant must be 18 years of age, possess a minimum of a high school diploma or national equivalent, complete 40 hours of training, complete a criminal background check, pass the RBT Competency Assessment, and past the RBT exam. Renewal of certification requires annual passage of RBT Competency Assessment, completion of a renewal, ongoing supervision, and compliance with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s (BCBA) ethics requirements relevant to RBTs. Additional information regarding the requirements and expectations of RBT certification can be provided upon request.

    Range 35 | Personnel Commission Approved: 08/10/2021

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