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IBCCES provides research-based, position-specific training and certification programs to help educators, program managers, and service providers better understand individuals with cognitive disorders, as well as earn specialized credentials and professional recognition. IBCCES programs also meet federal funding requirements for Title I, Title II, IDEA, and other federal funding.

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IBCCES offers a number of online training and certification programs for educators and professionals who work in an education setting to provide best practices, up-to-date training, and professional recognition.

Autism Certifications

learning center staff helping young female studentThe Certified Autism Specialist™(CAS) and Autism Certificate (AC) programs are for professionals who are responsible for providing services or support to individuals who have autism. These 14 CE training and certification programs focus on best practices in the following areas:

    • Autism Overview
    • Behavior
    • IEP and Program Development
    • Early Childhood Identification
    • Parent Communication
    • Comorbidities

CAS Certification + Exam:$495 | AC Certification + Exam:$295

*Our Certified Autism Specialist certification is available in Spanish or Arabic upon request

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Additional Information

Autism Certification Prerequisites

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

Who Can Benefit From Autism Certification?

Common roles for CAS include:

  • Special Education Teachers
  • Special Education Directors
  • School Psychologists
  • Behavior Specialists
  • School Counselors
  • General Education Teachers
  • Principals & Administrators
  • School Nurses
  • School Counselors
  • Support Staff
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Higher Education
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Dentists
  • Behavior Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Clinical Social Workers
  • Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Nurses
  • Recreational Therapists

 

Common Roles for ACs Include:

  • General Education
    and Special Education
    Teachers
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Behavior Specialists
  • Other School Personnel
  • School Bus Drivers
  • Learning Center Staff
  • Tutors
  • Autism Organization Volunteers
  • Behavior Therapists
  • Childcare Directors
  • First Responders
  • Police Officers
  • Medical Office Staff
  • Autism Program Support Staff

Student Mental Health Certification – for Teachers, Paraprofessionals and Staff

The Student Mental Health Certificate (SMHC) program was created for non-mental health professionals who work in the education setting to help identify and support students with mental health concerns. The goal is to help identify these students to provide assistance or professional support faster, increase school safety and improve learning outcomes. This 14 CEU program focuses on identification and best practices in the following areas related to student mental health:

    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Suicide Prevention
    • Behavior Management
    • ADHD
    • IEP and Program Development
    • Oppositional Defiance Disorder
    • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
    • Traumatic Brain Injury

SMHC Certification + Exam:$295

Additional Information
Student Mental Health Certification Prerequisites/Requirements

RequirementsStudent Mental Health Certificate
Degree + ExperienceMust currently (or soon will) work in an education setting with students
CE hours (training content included with program)14
Certification Fee (includes training, exam + credential)$295
Renewal Fee
(every 2 years)
$149

Who Can Benefit From Student Mental Health Certification?

  • Special Education Directors
  • Student Services Directors
  • Principals & Administrators
  • Behavior Specialists
  • Special & General Education Teachers
  • Deans/Disciplinary Staff
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • School Counselors
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Administrative Personnel
  • Support Staff
  • Behavior Therapists
  • School Nurses
  • Learning Center Staff
  • Tutors

Cognitive Certifications

students playing with blocksThe Board Certified Cognitive Specialist (BCCS) and Certified Cognitive Coach (CCC) training and certification programs were designed to address the need for best practices on a variety of increasingly prevalent disorders seen by educators in the classroom. The 14 CEU BCCS and CCC certifications include training on the following topics:

    • Dyslexia
    • ADHD
    • Anxiety
    • Autism
    • Litigation Concerns

BCCS Certification + Exam:$595 | CCC Certification + Exam:$395

Additional Information

Cognitive Certification Prerequisites/Requirements

RequirementsBoard Certified Cognitive SpecialistCertified Cognitive Coach
Degree + ExperienceBachelors + 10 years experience -OR- Masters + 2 years experienceMust currently (or soon to) be providing services to individuals with cognitive disorders
CE hours (training content included with program)1414
Certification Fee (includes training, exam + credential)$595$395
Renewal Fee
(every 2 years)
$295$195

Who Can Benefit From Cognitive Certification?

Common roles for BCCS include:

  • Special Education Teachers
  • Special Education Directors
  • School Psychologists
  • Behavior Therapists
  • School Counselors
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Principals & Administrators
  • School Nurses
  • School Counselors
  • Support Staff
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Higher Education

Common Roles for CCC Include:

  • Classroom Teachers
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Learning Center Staff
  • Tutors
  • Program Support Staff
  • Autism Organization Volunteers
  • Childcare staff
  • Other School Personnel
  • School Bus Drivers

Advanced Autism Certifications

student dealing with behavior concernsThe Advanced Certified Autism Specialist (ACAS) and Advanced Autism Certificates (AAC) are for practitioners looking to increase their knowledge and expertise in the field of behavior intervention and ABA best practices. The program is designed to give professionals specific information on behavior techniques and other ABA-related information in order to incorporate these learnings into their day-to-day practice.

The 21 CEU ACAS and AAC certifications include training on the following topics:

    • Behavior
    • Behavior Contingency
    • Ethics
    • Discrete Trial Training

ACAS Certification + Exam:$875 | AAC Certification + Exam:$555

Additional Information

Advanced Autism Certification Prerequisites/Requirements

RequirementsAdvanced Certified Autism SpecialistAdvanced Autism Certificate
Degree + ExperienceBachelors + 10 years experience
-OR- Masters + 2 years experience
Must currently (or soon to) be providing services to individuals with autism
Prerequisite for Advanced CertificationMust currently hold CAS credential (or purchase bundle)Must currently hold AC crendential (or purchase bundle)
CE hours (training content included with program)2121
Certification Fee if Prerequisite is Met (includes training, exam + credential)$669$469
Renewal Fee
(every 2 years)
$299$249
Bundle Certification Package (includes prerequisite certification + advanced program)$875$555

Who Can Benefit From Advanced Autism Certification?

Common roles for ACAS include:

  • Classroom Teachers
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Administrators
  • School Counselors
  • Other support staff
  • Higher Education
  • Social Workers
  • School Psychologists
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Healthcare Providers

Common roles for AAC include:

  • Classroom Teachers
  • Paraprofessionals
  • School Support Personnel
  • Autism Organization Volunteers
  • Childcare
  • Medical Staff
  • Autism Program Support Staff

Teletherapy Certifications

teletherapy session with a studentThe Board Certified Telepractice Specialist™(BCTS) and Telepractice Facilitator Certificate™(TFC) are for professionals who are responsible for providing services or support to individuals virtually. These 8 CEU or 5 CEU training and certification programs are meant for speech therapists, occupational therapists, mental health professionals, and facilitators of virtual therapy services. Training content for these certifications focus on:

    • Introduction to telepractice
    • Environment
    • Technology
    • Licensing & compliance
    • Facilitation
    • Scheduling
    • Materials
    • Assessment
    • Introducing this model and working with stakeholders

BCTS Certification + Exam:$295 | TFC Certification + Exam:$199

Additional Information
Teletherapy Certification Prerequisites/Requirements

RequirementsBoard Certified Telepractice SpecialistTelepractice Facilitator Certificate
Current Experience LevelHas successfully completed formal training from an accredited college or university to deliver therapy services to individualsCurrently working in the field as a therapy facilitator or other support
CE hours (training content included with program)85
Certification Fee (includes training, exam + credential)$295$199
Renewal Fee
(every 2 years, includes renewal training if needed)
$149$99

Who Can Benefit From Teletherapy Certification?

Common roles for BCTS include:
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • School Counselors
  • School Psychologists
  • Behavior Therapists
  • Mental Health Professionals
Common roles for TFC include:
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Telehealth Facilitators
  • Childcare Teachers/Supervisors/Asst.
    Directors
  • Autism organization volunteers

Certification Process

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  • Wendy Barban-Jourdan CAS education

    Wendy Barban-Jourdan, M.B.A., M.Ed., Dean of Students, CAS

    I use my training on a daily basis in my current professions working with a wide population of students. I am able to use all of the skills that were taught in this training with children of all ages, with and without special needs. The training teaches techniques that help to individualize instruction based on each child’s own unique needs.

  • Karla S - CAS education

    Karla Scott, Special Education Teacher, CAS

    I have a better understanding as well as extensive knowledge in the area of autism. Now I can assist my students and their parents with everything they need from academic to social/emotional, even with different behavior techniques. I have extreme patience and empathy for the different stages that some parents may face when learning that their child has been diagnosed with autism.

  • Annette Mencer CAS

    Annette Mencer, Professional School Counselor, CAS

    Being a parent of an ASD child, I have had the unique position to see this population as a parent and professional. Our society has come a long way in the past 20 years, but we still have a long road ahead to get to the proper education, training, and understanding of all professionals, parents, and peers. I have plenty of students on the spectrum and now can educate families and colleagues about a student’s needs with confidence from the training and credentialing I received.

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