Autism Certificate from IBCCES

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 with individuals with special needs. 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.

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Internationally Recognized Autism Certification for Professionals and Educators

Show your commitment to providing qualified care to individuals with autism and other cognitive disorders with an internationally recognized credential from IBCCES (the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards).

Our Autism Certificate program is for professionals who are responsible for the support and/or services provided to an individual on the autism spectrum that directly relates to the professionals’ specific scope of practice.

Individual Benefits

Our Autism Certificate 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.

School/Clinic Benefits

Having an AC on your staff:

  • 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.

Law Enforcement/First Responder Benefits

  • Officers will learn how to recognize and respond to an individual with autism and communicate effectively.
  • Officers will learn how to best manage risk in situations involving individuals with ASD.
  • In-person or online training available to fit your training schedule.
  • Recognize your department or agency as autism trained and certified by an internationally-recognized 3rd party certification program.


AC Eligibility Requirements

  • Currently employed in a setting that requires you to work or have contact with individuals with autism.
  • 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.

Additional AC Benefits

Once you have completed the requirements for the AC:

  • You will be issued an official Certification Number;
  • Your name will be listed in the International Registry as an Autism Certificate Holder;
  • You will receive an official certificate printed on diploma stock to display in your classroom or office;
  • You will also receive an authorized wallet ID card to demonstrate your new credentials to parents, employers, insurance professionals and others;
  • digital badge is available upon request for use on digital resumes and social media;
  • Your credential number can be verified by employers at

*Registration fee will be refunded if the applicant is not approved by the board for any reason during the application process (minus $150 to cover processing and exam fee). Otherwise all sales are final. Registration indicates that you have read and agreed to the IBCCES Financial Terms and Conditions, Ethical Responsibilities and Standards of Practice.

*Customized pricing available for law enforcement agencies and first responders. Contact us for more information.

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Certification Requirements

RequirementsAutism Certificate
Degree + ExperienceMust currently (or soon to) be providing services to individuals with autism
CE hours (training content included with program)14
Certification Fee (includes training, exam + credential)$295
Renewal Fee
(every 2 years)

Applicants for the AC Certification Typically Include:

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Education Professionals

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

Licensed Professionals

  • Autism Organization Volunteers
  • ABA Therapists
  • Childcare Directors
  • First Responders
  • Paramedics
  • Police Officers
  • Firemen
  • Medical Assistants
  • Medical Billing Clerks
  • Scuba Divemasters
  • Scuba Diving Instructors

  • 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.“

How It Works

Certification Process

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

Need AC Training?
Still need training to meet the CEU requirements? IBCCES offers a rich library of online training content that is specifically targeted for your individual role within your organization.

Get Training with IBCCES University

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