Certification Recognizing Professionals with Additional Training in the Field of Autism

The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) offers certification programs to educators and licensed professionals who work or interact with autistic individuals. This Autism Certificate (AC) recognizes professionals dedicated to promoting quality care in the field of autism. The Autism Certificate does not require a Master’s degree as a prerequisite.

Certification Competencies

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Behavior Modification

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Early Childhood Identification

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Program Development

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*Registration fee includes 14 CE hours of online training, application fee, exam, and credential. ** If you need ASHA or AOTA approved CEs, please email us after signup to receive position-specific program access.

Benefits of Certification

Improve Outcomes

Learn New Strategies

Enhance Reputation & Credibility

Certification Requirements

AC Eligibility Requirements

  • Currently employed in a setting that requires you to work or have contact with autistic individuals.
  • 14 continuing education hours:
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  • Pass the online Autism Certificate Competency Exam
  • Registry Fee: $295

Renewal Requirements:

  • Renewal fee: $149 every two years
  • 14 Additional CEU hours in autism related areas
  • Maintain active status as an AC and Compliance with Code of Ethics

Registration fees include application review by IBCCES board and access to Autism Certificate Exam.

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For more information on how to maintain your certification, please review our Certification Renewal Policy and Code of Ethics and Standards.

Requirements Certified Autism Specialist Autism Certificate
Degree + Experience Bachelors + 10 years experience -OR- Masters + 2 years experience Must currently (or soon to) be providing services to autistic individuals
CE hours (training content included with program) 14 14
Certification Fee (includes training, exam + credential) $495 $295
Renewal Fee
(every 2 years)
$199 $149

Education Professionals

  • Classroom Teachers
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Behavior Specialists
  • School Personnel
  • School Bus Drivers
  • Autism Program Support Staff

Licensed Professionals

  • Clinical Staff
  • Autism Organization Volunteers
  • ABA Therapists
  • Childcare Directors
  • First Responders
  • Paramedics
  • Police Officers
  • Firemen
  • Medical Assistants
  • Medical Billing Clerks

Individual Benefits

Our Autism Certifications will:

  • Enhance your professional reputation and credibility.
  • Recognize your mastery of Autism training.
  • Increase your opportunity for career advancement and increased earnings.
  • Recognize your voluntary effort to meet rigorous professional standards in ongoing professional development.
  • Include your name on the online public registry of professionals with an Autism Certification.

Once you have completed the requirements for the certification:

  • You will be issued an official Certification Number;
  • Your name will be listed in the International Registry as an Autism Certificate or Certified Autism Specialist Holder;
  • You will receive an official certificate to display in your classroom or office;
  • digital badge is available upon request for use on digital resumes and social media;
  • Your credential number can be verified by employers at ibcces.org

Organization Benefits (School or Clinic)

Having a staff member with an Autism Certification:

  • Reduces the chance of litigation in your district.
  • Differentiates your school or healthcare facility from your competitors.
  • Demonstrates your commitment to on-going training in Autism to parents and clients.
  • Improves your grant qualifications.
  • Assists in demonstrating compliance with local and state guidelines for professional development.

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  • Jill AC testimonial

    Kelly Jill, AC, Paraprofessional

    “The Autism Certificate encourages me to stay apprised of what is going on in the Autism community and demonstrates my commitment to parents and colleagues.”

  • Wendy Spann

    Wendy Spann, Developmental Screener

    “My IBCCES training has been an integral part of teaching me to identify children that show classic symptoms of a person that could be on the autism spectrum. I therefore know how to refer that family in order for them to connect with the proper agencies for diagnosis, resources and services for their child and family members.“

  • Phyllis Pratt

    Phyllis Pratt, Orthodontic Assistant

    “It helps me with speaking to the patient in ways they can understand treatment and how to handle an appointment on their terms.“

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