Improve Your Reach as a Board Certified Cognitive Specialist™

Certification Recognizing Professionals with Specialist Level Training in the Field of Cognitive Disorders

Internationally Recognized Certification for Education Professionals

The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) offers certification programs that go above and beyond the typical training to help educators who work with students with special needs. IBCCES certification programs include 14 hours of online training and can be customized to meet your district’s needs.

Training Topics: ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism, Anxiety, and Litigation

The BCCS 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.

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Individual Benefits

Our certification will:

  • Enhance your professional reputation and credibility.
  • Recognize your mastery of specialist level training in cognitive disorders.
  • 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 Board Certified Cognitive Specialists

District/School Benefits

Having BCCS on your staff will:

  • Reduce litigation in your district.
  • Differentiate your school from your competitors.
  • Demonstrate your commitment to ongoing training in cognitive disorders to parents and clients.
  • Improve your grant qualifications.
  • Assist in demonstrating compliance with local and state professional development guidelines.

Areas of Competency

Below are the Competencies included in the BCCS program.


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 every two years
  • 14 Additional (CEU) in related area
  • Maintain active status as a BCCS and Compliance with Code of Ethics

Registration fees include application review by IBCCES board and Access to the Board Certified Cognitive Specialist Exam.

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*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.

Additional BCCS Benefits

Once you have completed the requirements for the BCCS:

  • You will be issued an official Certification Number;
  • Your name will be listed in the International Registry as a Board Certified Cognitive Specialist;
  • 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;
  • A digital badge is available upon request for use on digital resumes and social media;
  • You will be granted access to the IBCCES Online Member Community which is loaded with member benefits such as access to 10,000 job openings, free training opportunities, best practices and access some of the latest research in your field;
  • Your credential number can be verified by employers at ibcces.org


Applicants for the BCCS Certification Typically Include:

  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • SPED Directors and Administrators
  • Special Education and Classroom Teachers
  • Speech Language Assistants
  • School Psychologists

  • BCBA and ABA Professionals
  • Education Directors
  • Principals
  • School and RN Nurses
  • Behavior Specialists
  • School Counselors
  • Cognitive Specialists

How It Works

BCCS Application Process

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