Ethical Responsibilities and Standards of Practice


1.0  Responsible Conduct

Certified Autism Specialists (CAS) and Autism Certificants (AC) maintain high standards of care for all individuals on the autism spectrum.

1.01  Reliance on Scientific Knowledge/Research

CAS and AC rely on professionally derived knowledge based on reliable research that is creditable in nature when making professional judgments, or when engaging in scholarly or professional endeavors.

1.02  Boundaries of Competence

(a)  A CAS and AC provides services, teaches and conducts research only within the boundaries of their competence. Competence is defined as being commensurate with an individuals’ education, training and supervised experience.

(b)  Certified Autism Specialists and AC provide services or teach in new areas only after first undertaking appropriate study and/or consultation from persons who are competent in those areas.

(c)  Possessing a CAS or AC does not insinuate in any way that you are an employee of IBCCES or have special clearance or authority beyond what is granted to you by your employer or the institution in which you are working.

1.03  Maintaining Competence through Professional Development

Certified Autism Specialists and AC maintain knowledge of current scientific and professional information in their areas of practice and undertake ongoing efforts to maintain competence in the skills they use by reading appropriate literature, attending conferences, participating in workshops, obtaining additional coursework, and/or obtaining and maintaining appropriate professional credentials. CEU’s obtained must meet the strict guidelines and approval of IBCCES.


(a)  A CAS and AC conducts themselves in a professional manner using reliable research and without fraud or deceit.

(b)  All CAS and AC follow through on obligations and contractual and professional commitments with high quality work and refrain from making professional commitments they cannot keep.

(c)  The behavior of a CAS and AC conforms to the legal and ethical codes of the social and professional community of which they are a member.

2.0  Responsibility to Individuals with Autism

The responsibility of a CAS and AC is to all individuals under their care. The CAS and AC should always seek to provide the best care possible.

2.01 Rights of the Individual with Autism

(a)  The rights of the individual with autism are paramount.  A CAS and AC always support the individual’s legal rights and prerogatives.

(b)  A CAS and AC primary obligation is to the individual.  They have the obligation to advocate for the individual.

(c)  CAS and AC must take measures to ensure that the safety needs of the individual with autism are being met.

(d)  The CAS and AC are expected to advocate for individuals with autism and those individuals under their care.

2.02  Maintaining Records

CAS and AC must create, maintain, disseminate, store, retain and dispose of records and data relating to their care of individuals with autism in accordance with applicable laws regulations and policies set by state and federal governments as well as the rules of the facility in which they serve.

2.03  Maintaining Confidentiality

CAS and AC must take reasonable precautions to protect the confidentiality of those with whom they provide care, recognizing that confidentiality may be established by law, organizational rules, or professional relationships.

2.04  Disclosure of Information

Certified Autism Specialists and AC never disclose confidential information without the consent of the client, except as mandated by law, or where permitted by law for a valid purpose, such as (1) to provide needed professional services to the client, (2) to obtain appropriate professional consultations, (3) to protect the client or others from harm, or (4) to obtain payment for services, in which instance disclosure is limited to the minimum that is necessary to achieve the purpose. Certified Autism Specialists and AC recognize that parameters of consent for disclosure should be acquired at the outset of any defined relationship and is an ongoing procedure throughout the duration of the professional relationship.

3.0  Maintaining the Certified Autism Specialist and Autism Certificate Credential

3.01 Affirming Principals

(a) Certified Autism Specialists and AC uphold and advance the values ethics and principals of the CAS and AC credentials.

(b) Certified Autism Specialists and AC have an obligation to continue learning within their field and stay on top of new developments within autism.

(c) Certified Autism Professionals and AC should not participate in, be associated with or condone others regarding dishonesty, fraud or deception.

4.0  Public Statements

Certified Autism Specialists and AC must comply with this Code in public statements relating to their professional services, products, or publications. Public statements include, but are not limited to, paid or unpaid advertising, brochures, printed matter, directory listings, personal resumes or curriculum vitae, interviews or comments for use in media, statements in legal proceedings, lectures and public presentations, and published materials.

(a) Certified Autism Specialists and AC do not make public statements that are false, deceptive, misleading, exaggerated, or fraudulent, either because of what they state, convey, or suggest or because of what they omit, concerning their research, practice, or other work activities or those of persons or organizations with which they are affiliated.

(b) Certified Autism Specialists and AC should make clear distinctions between personal statements and statements regarding the CAS and AC credential.

4.01 Intellectual Property

(a) Certified Autism Specialists and AC obtain permission to use trademarked or copyrighted materials as required by law. This includes providing citations, including trademark or copyright symbols on materials that recognizes the intellectual property of others.

(b) Certified Autism Specialists and AC give appropriate credit to authors when delivering lectures, workshops, or other presentations.

4.02 Statements by Others

(a) Certified Autism Specialists and AC who engage others to create or place public statements that promote their professional practice, products, or activities retain professional responsibility for such statements.

(b) If Certified Autism Specialists or AC learn of deceptive statements about the CAS and/or AC credential, they make every effort to correct such statements.

(d) A paid advertisement relating to Certified Autism Specialists and AC activities must be identified as such, unless it is apparent from the context.

5.0  Certified Autism Specialists and AC Ethical Responsibility to IBCCES

Certified Autism Specialists and AC must adhere to this Code and all rules and standards of IBCCES.

5.01  Truthful and Accurate Information Provided

(a) CAS and AC credentialed professionals only provide truthful and accurate information in application and documentation submitted to IBCCES.

(b) Certified Autism Specialists and AC ensure that inaccurate information submitted to IBCCES is immediately corrected.

5.02  Information Provided to IBCCES

Certified Autism Specialists and AC must comply with all IBCCES deadlines including, but not limited to, ensuring that the IBCCES is notified within thirty (30) days of the date of any of the following grounds for sanctioning status:

(a) A violation of this Code, or disciplinary investigation, action or sanction, filing of charges, conviction or plea of guilty or nolo contendre by a governmental agency, health care organization, third-party payer or educational institution.

(b) Any public health- and safety-related fines or tickets where the Certified Autism Specialist or AC is named on the ticket;

(c) A physical or mental condition that would impair the Certified Autism Specialists’ or AC’s ability to competently practice; and

(d) A change of name, address or email contact.

5.03  Familiarity with the Code of Ethics

Certified Autism Specialists and AC have an obligation to be familiar with this Code, other applicable ethics codes, including but not limited to, licensure requirements for ethical conduct. Lack of awareness or misunderstanding of a conduct standard is not itself a defense to a charge of unethical conduct.

5.04  Discouraging Misrepresentation by Non-Certified Individuals.

Certified Autism Specialists and AC report non-certified professionals that are using the CAS and/or AC credential to IBCCES.

PERSONAL STATEMENT as a Certified Autism Specialist (CAS) or Autism Certificatants (AC), or a registrant for becoming a CAS or AC, I shall strive at all times to maintain the highest standards in all the services I provide, valuing competency and integrity over expediency or temporary success. I shall recognize the limits of my ability, providing services only in those areas where my training and experience meet established Certified Autism Specialist (CAS) or AC standards. I pledge that I have assumed a social and vocational responsibility due to the nature of my work. I agree that the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) is in no way responsible for my actions or the results of my actions.