First Autism Specialist Certification Designated in Austria



December 9, 2015, VIENNA – Melanie Trojan is the first in Austria to complete a training and certification program resulting in the designation of having her Autism Certificate by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). With the rate of autism diagnosis rapidly increasing worldwide, the need for credentialed and licensed autism-related service providers continues to grow every year.  According to the World Health Organization there is an estimated global prevalence of autism at 2 to 6 in 1000.

Receiving the Autism Certificate establishes Melanie Trojan as a top-level treatment provider for individuals with autism. Completing the program requires extensive, ongoing training, successful completion of an autism competency examination and approval by an international panel comprised of researchers, speakers and advocates in the field representing universities and organizations around the globe.  

“It’s really good to know, that somewhere others are as passionate as I am, because sometimes we have to overcome barricades to support people with Autism,” Trojan said. “I am honored to be the first Autism Certificant® in Austria, and I look forward to using and spreading the knowledge and experience I acquired through the certification process.”

In addition to completing the rigorous autism certification program, Trojan earned her bachelors in Logopedics-Phoniatrics-Audiology from Applied University Vienna, and is in process of completing her master’s degree while studying linguistics and ‘Child and Youth Care Studies’ at the University of Strathclyde. She was formally a Speech Language Pathologist at Hospital Hietzing with the Neurological Centre in Rosenhuegel and now owns a SLP practice in Vienna specializing on autism.

“We are very excited to appoint Ms. Trojan as the first IBCCES Autism Specialist through receiving her Autism Certificate in Austria,” said Myron Pincomb, Board Chairman of IBCCES, “Families and those with the diagnosis can now rest assured that they are receiving a pinnacle-level of services from specialists with knowledge and understanding of best practices and up-to-date treatment options. A third-party verification and internationally-recognized program of standards for autism professionals makes a huge impact on the quality of care.”

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In 2001, IBCCES (International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards) first established the industry standards for a Certified Autism Specialist. IBCCES leading standards are now used by organizations all over the world to ensure the highest quality of care and training for professionals in the field of Autism, with a goal to develop an army of highly trained and certified professionals who can improve the quality of life and education for individuals with Autism.


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