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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

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Internationally Recognized Autism Certification for Professionals in Education

Show your commitment to providing qualified care to individuals with autism and other cognitive disorders with an internationally recognized credential from IBCCES (the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards).

Our Certified Autism Specialist program is for professionals who are responsible for the support and/or services provided to an individual on the autism spectrum that directly relates to the professionals’ specific scope of practice

Individual Benefits

Our certification will:

  • Enhance your professional reputation and credibility.
  • Recognize your mastery of the specialist level 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 Certified Autism Specialists

School/Clinic Benefits

Having Certified Autism Specialists on your staff:

  • 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.

CAS Eligibility 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 Advanced Certified Autism Specialist 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.

Additional CAS Benefits

Once you have completed the requirements for the CAS:

  • You will be issued an official Certification Number;
  • Your name will be listed in the International Registry as an Certified Autism Specialist;
  • You will receive an official certificate printed on diploma stock to display in your classroom or office;
  • You will also 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

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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)

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Applicants for the CAS Certification Typically 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

Apply Now for CAS Certification

  • 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!

  • 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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    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.

How It Works

Certification Process

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

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