Welcome to IBCCES

We establish and govern Credentialing Standards and maintain a public registry for professionals dedicated to helping with special needs.

The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) was established to meet the credentialing needs of professionals that work with individuals with special needs. In 2001, IBCCES first established the industry standards for a Certified Autism Specialist. Each year these standards are reviewed and updated by our board of industry professionals, including BCBAs, researchers from leading universities, state level Special Education Directors, industry leaders, as well as clinicians in the fields of mental health, Speech and Language Pathology, School Psychology, Occupational Therapy, and parents. Our Certified Autism Specialist standards are now used by organizations all over the world to ensure the highest quality of care and training for professionals in the field of Autism.

IBCCES works with insurance providers in writing policy guidelines for autism treatment coverage and autism insurance reform. We partner with state licensing boards, universities and other national organizations to ensure their programs are aligned with the stringent requirements of our certification. Our online auditing system tracks approved providers as well as their continuing education and associated disciplinary actions.

Contact us or call our toll-free number for details: 877-717-6543



Certified Autism Specialist

The Certified Autism Specialist (CAS) credential certifies professionals who maintain ongoing education in autism and have real-world experience helping with individuals with autism.

The CAS Credential is ideal for clinicians, therapists, educators, and other professionals who possess a Master’s degree and serve individuals with autism.

View CAS Requirements


Autism Certificate

The Autism Certificate (AC) is available for all professionals employed in a setting that requires you to work or have contact with individuals with autism.

This Autism Certification recognizes professionals dedicated to promoting quality care in the field of Autism. The Autism Certificate does not require a Master’s degree.

View AC Requirements

Feedback From Professionals Like You
  • I pursued the Certified Autism Specialist Credential as confirmation that I provide my students current best practices and methodology. As a result, more and more of my staff has been awarded or is currently pursuing their CAS credentials.–Karen Ann Gill, MS, CAS | Bloomingdale, IL

  • CAS was instrumental in my acceptance into a specialty program with Texas Tech University. My professional education & work experience in bilingual speech-language pathology, sociolinguistics, social and behavioral sciences has enhanced my ability to work effectively as part of multi-disciplinary teams in medical and educational settings.–Dr. Love Johnson, DrPH, MS, MA, CCC-SLP, CAS, CPH | Cedar Hill, TX

  • The CAS certification affirms the commitment and hard work spent over the past few years of dedication to growing professionally and learning more about autism. –Becky Butler, M.S. CCC/SLP, CAS

  • CAS exemplifies my education, working experience in this field, professional knowledge and qualifications. –Elena Ghionis, Special Education Teacher, M.S., CAS