The Board Certified Cognitive Specialist certification was created by a team of experts, including international leaders in the educational field, Tier 1 University researchers, master educators, and clinical professionals. The program was designed based on feedback from your peers and leaders in education to address the most-needed training topics for special education and general education teachers, as well as paraprofessionals. This certification programs include 14 hours of online training

Certification Competencies

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Early Childhood Identification

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Litigation Concerns

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*Registration fee includes 14 CE hours of online training, application fee, exam, and credential.

Certification Requirements

Requirements Board Certified Cognitive Specialist Certified Cognitive Coach
Degree + Experience Bachelors + 10 years experience -OR- Masters + 2 years experience Must currently (or soon to) be providing services to individuals with cognitive disorders
CE hours (training content included with program) 14 14
Certification Fee (includes training, exam + credential) $595 $395
Renewal Fee
(every 2 years)
$295 $195

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Benefits of Certification

Improve Outcomes

Enhance Reputation & Credibility

Learn New Strategies

Career Advancement Opportunities

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

BCCS Eligibility Requirements

  • Master’s Degree:
    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 closely related field. A professional not holding a license number or teaching certification number are required to upload their college transcripts. If you don’t have your Master’s degree, you may qualify for the Certified Cognitive Coach. The Master’s degree requirement will be waived if the applicant has a bachelor’s degree and at least 10 years of experience.
  • Two Years Experience:
    Applicants must have two years’ experience working in a field that treats or supports individuals with cognitive disorders.
  • 14 CE hours:
    Applicants must have earned 14 hours of continuing education that directly relate to cognitive disorders within the last two years. These CEs can be earned through IBCCES University as part of the BCCS application process. 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 BCCS.
  • Competency Exam:
    Applicants must pass the BCCS Competency Exam. The exam is taken online and is included in the price of your BCCS application.
  • Registry Fee: $595

Renewal Requirements:

  • Renewal fee: $295.00 every two years – without training, or $346 every two years – if you would like to complete our training
  • 14 Additional (CEU) in related area
  • Maintain active status as a BCCS and Compliance with Code of Ethics
  • SPED Directors and Administrators
  • Special Education and Classroom Teachers
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech Language Assistants
  • School Psychologists
  • BCBA and ABA Professionals
  • Education Directors
  • Principals
  • School and RN Nurses
  • Behavior Specialists
  • School Counselors

Individual Benefits

Our Cognitive Certifications will:

  • Enhance your professional reputation and credibility.
  • Recognize your mastery of Cognitive Disorder 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 a Cognitive 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 Certified Cognitive Coach or Board Certified Cognitive 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;
  • digital badge is available upon request for use on digital resumes and social media;
  • Your credential number can be verified by employers at

Organization Benefits

Having a staff member with an Cognitive Certification:

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

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