The IBCCES Autism Certifications are for professionals who are responsible for the support and/or services provided to autistic individuals. The goal of the CAS and AC programs are to provide a well-rounded, multidisciplinary training program and specialized credential to supplement professionals’ existing knowledge and ensure they are up to date on best practices, research, and incorporate updated knowledge into professional practice.
Early Childhood Identification
*Registration fee includes 14 CE hours of online training, application fee, exam, and credential.
|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|
(every 2 years)
AC Eligibility Requirements
- Currently employed in a setting that requires you to work or have contact with individuals with autism.
- Applicants must have earned 14 hours of continuing education that directly relate to autism within the last two years. These CEs can be earned through IBCCES University as part of the application process (option available for courses approved by ASHA and AOTA). If you have already completed 14 hours of continuing education within the last 2 years, check here to make sure the hours can be applied toward your AC.
- Pass the online Autism Certificate Competency Exam
- Registry Fee: $295
- Renewal fee: $149 every two years
- 14 additional CEs in autism competency areas
- Maintain active status as an AC and Compliance with Code of Ethics
CAS Eligibility Requirements
- Education and Experience:
Applicants must have earned a Master’s degree in special education, education, educational psychology, psychology, human development, early childhood education, speech/language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, social work, or related field, combined with 2 years of experience in the field – or, must have earned a Bachelor’s degree in a related area combined with 1- years of experience in the field.
- 14 CE hours:
Applicants must have earned 14 hours of continuing education that directly relate to autism within the last two years. These CEs can be earned through IBCCES as part of the application process (option available for courses approved by ASHA and AOTA). If you have already completed 14 hours of continuing education within the last 2 years, check here to make sure the hours can be applied toward your CAS.
- Autism Competency Exam:
Applicants must pass the Autism Competency Exam. The exam is taken online and is included in the price of your CAS application.
- Registry Fee: $495
- Renewal fee: $199 every two years
- 14 additional CEs in autism competency areas
- Maintain active status as a CAS and Compliance with Code of Ethics
Registration fees include application review by IBCCES board and Access to Autism Certificate Exam.
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;
- You will receive an authorized wallet ID card to demonstrate your new credentials to parents, employers, insurance professionals and others;
- A 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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