Improve Your Reach as a Certified Autism Specialist®
Certification Recognizing Professionals with Specialist Level Training in the Field of Autism
6 Areas of Autism Competency
The IBCCES Board of Directors has approved 6 areas of autism competency for the CAS program.
- Types of ASD, Signs and Symptoms, Characteristics, Red Flags
- Diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder
- Recognition of individual strengths in an individual with autism
- Treatment strategies for individuals with autism
- Applied Behavior Analysis
- Understand factors that influence behavior
- Positive behavior supports and intervention
- Crisis Intervention
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy
- Individual Education Plan (IEP)
- Specific Intervention and teaching strategies related to autism
- Assessment tools used to measure progress
- Various treatment strategies related to ASD (including, but not limited to: ABA type strategies, Floortime, RDI, TEACCH, etc.)
- Transition and adult supports
Early Childhood Identification
- Increase positive outcomes.
- Become a resource with regard to best practices regarding autism.
- Independently verifiable listing on the international IBCCES public registry of certified professionals.
- Certification shows advanced knowledge of autism to parents, clients, and co-workers.
- Increases your opportunity for career advancement and increased earnings.
- Online format allows you to complete training at your own pace.
- Specialized certifications increase chance of district and hospital contracts.
- Assist in demonstrating compliance with special education law for school-based clients.
- Recognizes individuals who go above and beyond licensing standards.
- Access to IBCCES Member Learning Center, where you will receive access to autism news and free resources
- Earn CEUs – training content through an AOTA-approved provider are available upon request
Certified Autism Specialist: Requirements
- Master’s Degree & 2 years of experience in the field or a Bachelors degree & 10 years of experience in the field
- 14 autism-related CE hours: These hours can be earned through IBCCES training as a part of certification. Current applicable credit hours can be uploaded during the application process.
- Pass the competency exam
Autism Certificate: Requirements
- Currently employed in a setting that requires you to work or have contact with individuals with autism.
- 14 autism-related CE hours: These hours can be earned through IBCCES as a part of the certification. Current applicable credit hours can be uploaded in the application process.
- Pass the online competency exam
The IBCCES training has allowed me to take a deeper look into the therapy plans I create for my patients and students. I have a better understanding of the Autism Spectrum diagnoses and how to overcome challenging behaviors. I feel that I am now more equipped to adapt the environment to the patient/student or adapt the student/patient to their environment.
MS, OTR/L, CPAM, CAS
Having my CAS has allowed me to not only be a resource for the parents whose children I get the privilege to work with, but also to pass the knowledge learned onto co-workers and students. It has helped facilitate a team approach between OT, PT, and ST to treating children with Autism, which helps that child and family all the more.
I feel privileged to have been apart of the CAS program; truly brings increased confidence to my practice.
MS, OTR/L, CKTP, CAS
It boosted my confidence and I am acknowledged with my skills in providing utmost care for children with Autism through the credential that paved the way on my current position in work.
OTRP, CPMT, AC
This training has greatly helped me learn about treating/ ways to help my patients be successful from all areas such as speech, behaviors, etc.
MS, OTR/L, CAS