Ethical Responsibilities and Standards of Practice


The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards has developed the code of ethics in order to ensure the highest level of professional responsibility and care for individuals with autism. It is expected that all Certified Autism Specialists and Autism Certificants will represent themselves appropriately and abide by the IBCCES Code of Ethics. Violation of the code of ethics may result in revocation of your credentials.

1. Professional Responsibility

    1. A CAS and AC understand that the credential does not in any way provide permission to practice outside the scope of any obtained professional license. IBCCES assumes no liability for the irresponsible practice or behavior of a CAS or AC.
    2. CAS and AC are expected to seek continuing education that will enhance the care and/or education for individuals with autism entrusted to their care.
    3. As a Certified Autism Specialist (CAS) or Autism Certificant (AC), you maintain your certification by staying current with continuing education requirements of 14 contact hours of approved training every 24 months. CEU’s must meet the strict guidelines and approval of IBCCES.
    4. A CAS and AC only use appropriate therapy or educational techniques that are based on reliable and creditable research.
    5. A CAS and AC will only use the provided credentials when they remain current and in good standing.
    6. A CAS and AC will recognize if personal or health issues are having an adverse effect on the care of individuals and seek appropriate treatment as needed.
    7. A CAS and AC will maintain current and accurate records. Records will adhere to confidentiality rules and regulations.
    8. A CAS and AC will maintain current records with IBCCES, notifying, in writing, of any changes to their status, name, or contact information in a timely manner (within 45 days).

2.  Professional Competence

    1. A CAS and AC will accept personal and professional responsibility for all actions.
    2. A CAS and AC recognizes the extent of their professional competence and training.
    3. A CAS and AC will not engage in any activity outside of the scope of limitations set forth by their professional license.
    4. A CAS and AC will recognize and acknowledge their limitations and not engage in a treatment, therapy, or activity outside of their professional training or comfort.
    5. A CAS and AC will not make guarantees on any specific treatment or approach, but may provide reasonably expected outcomes.
    6. A CAS and AC will actively engage in increasing their level of knowledge and training in autism and applicable treatment and care at a minimum of a biennial period.

3.  Integrity

    1. A CAS and AC will represent themselves in a honest and straightforward manner with clients, guardians, supervisors, colleagues, and IBCCES personnel.
    2. Fraudulent, deceit, misrepresentation, and illegal behavior are not tolerated by IBCCES and may constitute grounds for revocation of certification.
    3. Any behavior or actions of yourself or of a CAS or AC that would go against the IBCCES code of ethics should be immediately reported to IBCCES.
    4. CAS and AC adhere to all local, regional, national, and professional laws and regulations which apply to their profession.
    5. A CAS or AC will disclose any actions or behavior that may be construed as a conflict of interest.
    6. Possessing a CAS or AC credential 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 license, employer, or the institution in which you are working.
    7. A CAS and AC may use the appropriate designation following their name only when the credentials are valid and up to date.
    8. A CAS and AC may use the digital badge on digital and printed media when the certification remains valid and up to date.
    9. Upon expiration or revocation of a credential, the usage of any IBCCES credential or digital badge will be immediately terminated.
    10. Revocation of an IBCCES credential will be made by a final decision from the IBCCES Standards and Ethics committee. There will be no refund provided in whole or part when a revocation is made by the Standards and Ethics committee.

4.  Client Rights and Autonomy

    1. The individual with autism’s rights and dignity come first. The CAS and AC will encourage an appropriate level of independence for the individual with autism.
    2. The CAS and AC will provide the most appropriate treatment or care for the individual.
    3. The CAS and AC will maintain the confidentiality and privacy of the individual entrusted to their care, as further defined by legal and professional standards.
    4. A CAS and AC will apply the principles of Primum non nocere, which means, “First, do no harm.” A CAS and AC will not provide any type of therapy or treatment outside the scope of their training and licensure.
    5. The CAS and AC will respect the autonomy of the individual in allowing an appropriate level of self-determination. Individuals with special needs shall have the right to participate in decisions regarding their treatment and care.
    6. Any treatment or therapy will be based on best practice for the individual’s particular needs.
    7. A CAS and AC will not engage in any type of harassment or abuse of an individual. Any observed or suspicion of harassment or abuse will be reported to appropriate authorities.

5.  Community and Global Responsibility

  1. A CAS and AC strive to educate others in their community regarding the appropriate care and treatment for individuals with autism.
  2. A CAS and AC share best practices with other professionals in order to increase the standard of care for all.
  3. A CAS and AC does not permit the mistreatment of any individual with special needs. Any observed mistreatment is reported to appropriate supervisors and/or authorities.
  4. CAS and AC will advocate for the inclusion of individuals with autism in the community. Inclusion in an educational or treatment setting will be considered in the least restrictive setting possible for the particular individual’s needs.
  5. CAS and AC stay current in their training and knowledge of autism, in order to provide the best possible care and treatment.
  6. A CAS and AC will notify IBCCES if they observe any violation of the Code of Ethics.