IBCCES Launches the Digital Badge for the Certified Autism Specialist Program and Transforms how Learning is Recognized and Valued

For families and caretakers of people with autism, it’s often difficult to choose which educators and licensed healthcare professionals have the appropriate skill sets to work with the person for whom they are responsible.  IBCCES recently launched a breakthrough technology called a Digital Badge for the Certified Autism Specialist Program which allows parents and caregivers to instantly see the qualifications of teachers and health care professionals on a mobile device or other digital environment.  Educators and licensed healthcare professionals have responded with enthusiasm.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 – Jacksonville, Florida – IBCCES announces the launch of a secure Digital Badge for the Certified Autism Specialist Program. Caring for a person with autism is a great responsibility, and one of the most significant areas of this responsibility is making decisions regarding their healthcare and education.  In the past, making these choices has often been very difficult, but fortunately recent changes are making these decisions easier than ever.  The IBCCES (International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards) recently announced the full scale launch of their Digital Badge for the Certified Autism Specialist Program, allowing educators and healthcare professionals to boldly display their level of education and qualifications in a clear and easy to understand way in the digital environment. This breakthrough technology is managed by IBCCES in a secure digital environment and helps parents and other caregivers quickly identify the education and certifications for their Autism Specialist.  Educators and healthcare professionals have been quick to embrace the new digital badge program.

Recently, the U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan has called the use of digital badges a “game-changing strategy” for employers and potential employees alike.  Similar feedback can be found from educators and healthcare professionals.

Digital Badges are trustworthy assessments of credentials that are housed and managed online under extremely high security. Digital Badges are designed to make visible, validate and verify learning in both formal and informal settings. The Digital Badge for the Certified Autism Specialist Program can be displayed by professionals in places like their webpages, resumes, Facebook and Linked In pages, and other social media accounts which makes it quick and easy for potential employers and clients to assess the level of their qualifications in the field of Autism.

According to IBCCES, some of the professionals taking advantage of the Digital Badge for the Certified Autism Specialist Program include:  Special Education Teachers, Classroom Teachers, Special Education Directors, Counselors, School Psychologists, Behavior Specialists, School Counselors, School Nurses and Principals.  Licensed Professionals are also reaping the Digital Badge Program benefits, including:  Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, BCBA and ABA Professionals, Physical Therapists, Psychologists, Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, RN Nurses and Recreational Therapists.


“Digital badges are transforming how learning is recognized and valued in the 21st century workplace. In addition to recognizing the formal education of a professional, they clearly highlight the certifications, specialized training and on the job experience in their field of expertise,” commented Myron Pincomb, Board Chairman IBCCES.

The application for a Certified Autism Specialist can be found directly on the IBCCES website.  Once the applicant submits the required course work, each application is thoroughly reviewed and verified by the certification team and then sent to the IBCCES Board for approval. Once approved, an internationally recognized certification is issued and a secure Digital Badge is assigned to the newly Certified Autism Specialist.  From start to finish, the process takes between four to five weeks.



IBCCES, The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards, establishes industry standards and governs credentialing programs used by professionals in the fields of healthcare and education.

Since 2001, IBCCES has been establishing industry standards for Certified Autism Specialists and has inspired many organizations around the world to take on their leading standards of care.  To learn more about how to become a Certified Autism Specialist, please visit IBCCES at www.ibcces.org. You can also call toll-free at 1-877-717-6543.


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