Areas of Autism Competency

The IBCCES Board of Directors has approved these competencies for certification.

Autism Overview icon

Autism
Overview

Behavior Modifications icon

Behavior
Modification

Comorbidities icon

Comorbidities

Parent Communication icon

Parent
Communication

Program Development icon

Program
Development

Early Childhood Intervention icon

Early Childhood Identification

*Registration fee includes 14 CE hours of online training, application fee, exam, and credential. ** Must email us after registration to ensure receive AOTA-approved training course

Benefits of Certification

Earn CEs from AOTA-Approved Provider

Improve Outcomes

Learn New Strategies

Enhance Reputation & Credibility

Certification Requirements

RequirementsCertified Autism SpecialistAutism Certificate
Degree + ExperienceBachelors + 10 years experience -OR- Masters + 2 years experienceMust currently (or soon to) be providing services to individuals with autism
CE hours (training content included with program)1414
Certification Fee (includes training, exam + credential)$495$295
Renewal Fee
(every 2 years)
$199$149

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

AC Eligibility Requirements

  • Currently employed in a setting that requires you to work or have contact with individuals with autism.
  • Applicants must have earned 14 hours of continuing education that directly relate to autism within the last two years. These CEs can be earned through IBCCES University as part of the application process (option available for courses approved by ASHA and AOTA). 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 AC.
  • Pass the online Autism Certificate Competency Exam
  • Registry Fee: $295

Renewal Requirements:

  • Renewal fee: $149 every two years
  • 14 additional CEs in autism competency areas
  • Maintain active status as an AC and Compliance with Code of Ethics

CAS Eligibility Requirements

  • Education and Experience:
    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 related field, combined with 2 years of experience in the field – or, must have earned a Bachelor’s degree in a related area combined with 1- years of experience in the field.
  • 14 CE hours:
    Applicants must have earned 14 hours of continuing education that directly relate to autism within the last two years. These CEs can be earned through IBCCES as part of the application process (option available for courses approved by ASHA and AOTA). 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 CAS.
  • Autism Competency Exam:
    Applicants must pass the Autism Competency Exam. The exam is taken online and is included in the price of your CAS application.
  • Registry Fee: $495

Renewal Requirements:

  • Renewal fee: $199 every two years
  • 14 additional CEs in autism competency areas
  • Maintain active status as a CAS and Compliance with Code of Ethics

Registration fees include application review by IBCCES board and Access to Autism Certificate Exam.

*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.

Individual Benefits

Our Autism Certifications will:

  • Become a resource with the best practices and strategies gained from training.
  • Certification shows an advanced knowledge of autism to parents, clients, and co-workers.
  • Online format allows you to complete training at your own pace.
  • Specialized certifications increase the chance of district and hospital contracts.
  • Recognize your mastery of Autism 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 an Autism 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 Autism Certificate or Certified Autism 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 ibcces.org

Organization Benefits (School or Clinic)

Having a staff member with an Autism Certification:

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

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Amanda Schleicher“Due to COVID-19, school has been shut down, so providing OT services has looked quite a bit different. Having the knowledge from the CAS training has helped me to improve my rapport with the students with autism that I serve via virtual interactions. But, more so right now due to homeschooling, I’ve used the knowledge I’ve gained to more effectively educate, inform, and support the families of my students with autism so they can better interact with and support their children within their home environment.” – Amanda Schleicher, OT, CAS

 

Cari Ann OT“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.” – Cari Ann, MOTR, CAS

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