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IBCCES Certifications and Programs for Educators and Licensed Professionals

IBCCES offers a number of certification programs for educators and licensed professionals to inform them of the most recent research and best practices in the fast-changing field of special needs and education.

This page shows the differences between the different certification programs so each person can find the program that is right for their goals and position.

 

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Benefits of Certification Programs Clear to Educators Worldwide

Educators and licensed professionals worldwide are seeing the benefits that come from becoming certified for Autism and special needs. Enhanced credibility, greater parent/patient confidence, increased funding opportunities, and reduced risk of litigation are just a few of the benefits of training and certification from IBCCES.

The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) is recognized as the leader in continuing education in special needs across the world.

We have outlined the core competencies for each certification program as well as the requirements for applying to help make it easier to find the program that is right for you.

Certified Autism Specialist and Autism Certificate

CAS Officially Endorsed by:
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Introduction to the CAS and AC Programs

Our Certified Autism Specialist™ and Autism Certificates are for professionals who are responsible for providing services or support to individuals who have cognitive disorders (including autism) as a part of their scope of work. These certificates focus on the latest research and best practices in the following areas related to autism and other cognitive disorders: an overview of autism, behavior of people on the autism spectrum, IEP and program development, early childhood education, approaches and strategies for parent communication, and comorbidity with relation to autism and other cognitive disorders.

 

Certification Requirements

Certified Autism Specialist Autism Certificate
Degree Masters Bachelors None
Years of Experience 2 10 0
Topical CEU Hours*
(included in program)
14 14 14
Registry Fee $495 $495 $295
Renewal Fee $199 $199 $149
Topical CEU for Renewal*
(included if needed)
14 14 14

*CEUs must match the competencies for that certificate program.
Contact IBCCES to for accepted CEUs.

Common roles for CAS include:

Education Professionals:

  • Special Education Teachers
  • Special Education Directors
  • School Psychologists
  • Behavior Specialists
  • School Counselors
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Principals
  • School Nurses
  • Administrators
  • Clerical and Support Staff
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Higher Education

Licensed Professionals:

  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Dentist
  • BCBA and ABA Professionals
  • Physical Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Clinical Social Workers
  • Licensed Professional Counselors
  • RN Nurses
  • Recreational Therapists

Common Roles for ACs Include:

Education Professionals:

  • Classroom Teachers
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Behavior Specialists
  • School Personnel
  • School Bus Drivers
  • Autism Program Support Staff

Licensed Professionals:

  • Autism Organization Volunteers
  • ABA Therapists
  • Childcare Directors
  • First Responders
  • Paramedics
  • Police Officers
  • Firemen
  • Medical Assistants
  • Medical Billing Clerks

  • paula perkins OTR SCSS MA CAS

    Paula Perkins, OTR, SCSS, MA, CAS

    This certification allows me to demonstrate my professional competence and skills, specifically in the field of autism. This is increasingly important at a time when standards of accountability mandate service providers be highly qualified. I am a better OT when I am more diversely equipped to meet the spectrum of needs of this growing population.

Advanced Certified Autism Specialist & Advanced Autism Certificate

Advanced Certified
Autism Specialist

Apply for an ACAS Now


Advanced Autism
Certificate

Apply for an AAC Now

Introduction to the ACAS and AAC Programs

Our Advanced Certified Autism Specialist and Advanced Autism Certificates are for practitioners looking to increase their knowledge and expertise in the field of ABA therapy. The content of the courses was developed under the guidance of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and other professionals with clinical ABA experience, so you can be guaranteed that you are learning from highly trained experts with extensive practical knowledge and experience.

The training and certification is designed to help master educators and licensed professionals successfully implement ABA programming in the home, center, school or community environments. During the course, you will be able to implement what you learn immediately to see how the training is making you a stronger ABA practitioner.

 

Certification Prerequisites

Advanced Certified Autism Specialist Advanced Autism Certificate
Degree Masters Bachelors None
Years of Experience 2 10 0
Topical CEU Hours*
(included in program)
21 21 21
Registry Fee $669 $669 $469
Renewal Fee $299 $299 $249
Topical CEU for Renewal*
(included if needed)
21 21 21
Prerequisite CAS CAS AC
Package
(includes prerequisite certification)
$875 $875 $555

*CEUs must match the competencies for that certificate program.
Contact IBCCES to for accepted CEUs.

Common roles for ACAS include:

Education Professionals:

  • Classroom Teachers
  • SPED Teachers
  • Administrators
  • School Counselors
  • Clerical and Support Staff
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Higher Education

Licensed Professionals:

  • Social Workers
  • School Phycologists
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Behavioral Health Professionals and Staff
  • Physicians
  • Dentists
  • Healthcare Providers and Staff

Common roles for AAC include:

Education Professionals:

  • Classroom Teachers
  • Paraprofessionals
  • School Personnel
  • School Bus Drivers
  • Autism Program Support Staff

Licensed Professionals:

  • Autism Organization Volunteers
  • ABA Therapists
  • Childcare Directors
  • First Responders
  • Paramedics
  • Police Officers
  • Firemen
  • Medical Assistants
  • Medical Billing Clerks

  • School Principal | Frankfurt International School Wiesbaden

    I have to say that we are all feeling so more confident in working with our Autistic, Aspergers and ADHD kids in school already. We are working with the same goals in mind and understand everything our therapist is urging us all to do! Some of the strategies that are great for all learners are also creeping into regular classroom interactions- the Natural Environment Training is particularly meaningful for us in our inclusion program. Its been a valuable investment for our school!

Student Mental Health Certificate & Student Mental Health Specialist

Student Mental
Health Specialist

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Student Mental
Health Certificate

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Introduction to the SMHS and SMHC Programs

The Student Mental Health Specialist and Student Mental Health Certificates were created by international leaders in their field: Tier 1 University researchers, master educators, and clinical professionals.

These certifications were created to satisfy the needs of nearly 10,000 school administrators and special education directors who named an increase in mental health training and certification as one of their top priorities. The programs were built based off of specific needs expressed by the school administrators and special education directors.

 

Certification Prerequisites

Student Mental Health Specialist Student Mental Health Certificate
Degree Required Masters Bachelors None
Years of Experience Required 2 10 2
Additional CEU Hours Required
(included in program)
14 14 14
Registry Fee $495 $495 $295
Renewal Fee $199 $199 $149
CEU for Renewal
(included if needed)
14 14 14

*CEUs must match the competencies for that certificate program.
Contact IBCCES to for accepted CEUs.

Common roles for SMHS include:
  • Special Education Directors
  • Student Services Directors
  • Principals & Assistant Principals
  • Behavior Specialists
  • Special & General Education Teachers
  • Deans/Disciplinary Staff
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
Common roles for SMHC include:
  • General Education Teachers
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Administrative Personnel
  • Support Staff
  • Behavior Specialists
  • School Nurse
  • Secretary

  • School Counselor, PA

    Honestly, I’ve had more students this year hospitalized for anxiety, depression, and other mental-health issues than ever. There’s just so much going on in this day and age, the pressures to fit in, the pressure to achieve, the pressure of social media.

Board Certified Cognitive Specialist & Certified Cognitive Coach

Board Certified
Cognitive Specialist

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Certified Cognitive
Coach

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Introduction to the BCCS and CCC Programs

The Board Certified Cognitive Specialist and Certified Cognitive Coach were designed based on feedback from your peers and leaders in education to address the most-needed training topics relating to cognitive disorders for special education and general education teachers, as well as paraprofessionals. The BCCS and CCC certifications were created by a team of experts, including international leaders in the educational field, Tier 1 University researchers, master educators, and clinical professionals.

 

Certification Prerequisites

Board Certified Cognitive Specialist Certified Cognitive Coach
Degree Required Masters Bachelors None
Years of Experience Required 2 10 0
Additional CEU Hours Required
(included in program)
14 14 14
Registry Fee $595 $595 $395
Renewal Fee $295 $295 $195
CEU for Renewal
(included if needed)
14 14 14

*CEUs must match the competencies for that certificate program.
Contact IBCCES to for accepted CEUs.

Common roles for BCCS and CCC 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

  • Francesco-Paladino-Certified-Cognitive-Coach-Testimonial-Picture-square

    Francesco Paladino, Life Coach, Motivational Speaker, CCC

    My training with IBCCES was the most layered and priceless education I received. My awareness of commmunication and client obstacles has been heightened. As a coach and a motivational speaker, I am better because of my training.

  • tammy special education teacher

    Tammy, Special Education Teacher

    From my IBCCES certification + training, I am able to learn new strategies to implement in my practice and lessons. The training re-energized my passion for working with individuals with disabilities and gave me new tools to use for challenging behaviors and situations that I have encountered. It is incredibly frustrating to not have a solution or an idea on how to help a student, and the training has often given me such a solution.