Continuing Education Standards

continuing education options

What are the requirements for one CE unit?

One CE unit = One contact hour (60 minutes) of instruction from a conference, workshop or in service experience. Some other common terms for CE units are continuing education, CEU, and professional development hours. Your 14 Continuing Education hours may be earned in any of the IBCCES-approved programs.

Already Have Training?

Both the Certified Autism Specialist Credential and the Autism Certificate require 14 CE hours within the last two years. These hours must directly relate to autism and could be earned by attending national conferences, taking university courses or online courses. If you have already completed 14 CE hours in the last 2 years, apply now to earn your Certified Autism Specialist Credential or Autism Certificate.

Acceptable Continuing Education

All CE hours obtained must fall within the CE guidelines established by IBCCES. 14 CE hours must be obtained within the last two years (previous 24 months). One CE hour is defined as one clock hour (60 minutes) as a direct learner.

CE Type Documentation
College or University coursework Official transcript with course name and syllabus showing content within the 10 areas of autism competency
CE hours issued by an approved continuing education provider Certificate or official letter from provider. Must state your name, title, date, presenter, and hours earned.
Presenter or Instruction of college or university course or an Approved conference Letter from the department chair or conference provider. Documentation should include your name, title, date, and summary of content.
District or center provided training Certificate with name, title, date, presenter, and number of hours obtained. Content must fall within the 10 areas of autism competency and be approved by IBCCES.

Activities not accepted for CE hours: Attending meetings; Serving on a committee or board; Volunteer activities; Routine work experience when it is a part of your job responsibility; Work experience; Unsupervised or self-study; Publications or authoring a scholarly piece; Supervision activities; Research activities; Curriculum development.

Questions regarding acceptable CE hours should be directed towards IBCCES at 877-717-6543 or info@ibcces.org

Still Need Hours?

Online Courses:
Applicants have the option to participate in approved online training programs or enroll in an approved university course to obtain their 14 CE hours. IBCCES partners with universities and online continuing education providers all over the world to make this option available to Autism Credential Applicants. Click here to learn more about approved online course providers.

National and Regional Conferences:
If budgets allow, applicants may attend approved autism conferences at the national and regional level. Click here to learn more about approved conference providers.