Actionable Autism Training for Improving Outcomes

  • Learn to differentiate between sensory disorders and other potential sources of behavior problems
  • Learn best practices of how to improve outcomes for students with autism and sensory disorders from experts in the field
  • Learn the crucial and often misunderstood differences between ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ reinforcement and when to use both
  • Gain professional recognition for your expertise

Certification Competencies

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Autism
Overview

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Behavior Modification

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Early Childhood Identification

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Comorbidities

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Program Development

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Parent
Communication

*Registration fee includes 14 CE hours of online training, application fee, exam, and credential. ** If you need ASHA, AOTA or APTA hours please email us after signup to receive position-specific program access.

Benefits of Certification

Improve Outcomes

Learn New Strategies

Enhance Reputation & Credibility

Certification Requirements

  • Master’s Degree:
    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 closely related field. A professional not holding a license number or teaching certification number are required to upload their college transcripts. If you don’t have your Master’s degree, you may qualify for the Autism CertificateThe Master’s degree requirement will be waived if the applicant has a bachelor’s degree and at least 10 years of experience.
  • Two Years Experience:
    Applicants must have two years’ experience working in a field that treats or supports individuals with autism.
  • 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 University as part of the CAS application process. 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 (CEU) in related area
  • Maintain active status as a CAS and Compliance with Code of Ethics

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

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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.

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

Education Professionals

  • Special Education Teachers & Directors
  • School Psychologists
  • Behavior Specialists
  • School Counselors
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Principals
  • School Nurses
  • Administrators
  • 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
  • Behavior Therapists
  • First Responders
  • Police Officers
  • Mental Health Professionals

Individual Benefits

Our Autism Certifications will:

  • Enhance your professional reputation and credibility.
  • 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.

Still Have Questions? Visit Our FAQs here

  • Andrea S. White, MEd, MA, CCC-SLP, CAS

    A large portion of my caseload continues to be individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and with their caregivers. Since obtaining my credential as a Certified Autism Specialist, I have seen a big increase in opportunities at my school and overall the receptiveness from both the parents and my peers has been phenomenal.

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    Steven Gould, Special Education Teacher, M.S.Ed., C.A.S.

    The training and my IBCCES credentials have given an extra sense of credibility to my professional standards. Parents and colleagues know that I have met a high standard of professional development. I can proudly state that I am a Certified Autism Specialist!

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    Harvey Colwell, Director of Special Education, Perry County Schools

    It has allowed us to provide a team of certified specialists within the category of Autism to a growing number of students within our school district. To provide assistance to those teachers needing help within all types of different settings.

  • 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.

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