The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) created an online training and certification program to help travel professionals assist families and individuals with special needs prepare for their perfect vacation. A Certified Autism Travel Professional™ (CATP) is defined as a professional who has demonstrated that they are both knowledgeable and capable of providing support and travel-related services to an individual on the autism spectrum as well as their family.

Certification Competencies

Autism Overview

Selling To Autism Market

Breakdown Of Target Market

Sensory Awareness

Individual’s Perspective 

Parent Perspective

Resorts/Hotels

Air Travel

Cruise

Road Trip

*Registration fee includes 4 CE hours of online training, application fee, exam, and credential.

Benefits of Certification

Stand out from other travel professionals

Personal recognition for your expertise in the fastest growing market in the travel industry

Increase your revenue by gaining knowledge & access into a new customer base

Ability to provide travel solutions to a $262 billion underserved market

Certification Requirements

  • 4 CE hours:
    Applicants must earn 4 hours of continuing education that directly relates to autism (included in registration fee)
  • Autism Travel Competency Exam:
    Applicants must pass the Autism Travel Competency Exam. The exam is taken online and is included in the price of your CATP application.
  • Registration Fee:
    $150

Renewal Requirements:

  • Renewal fee: $99 annually
  • 4 Additional (CEU) in autism
  • Maintain active status as a CATP and Compliance with Code of Ethics

*Registration fee will be refunded if the applicant is not approved by the board for any reason during the application process (minus $50 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.

family packed for air travel

Did You Know?

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$262 billion is spent on autism-related services in the US each year.

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ASD occurs in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.

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1 in 54 children has been identified with autism.

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ASD is at a 600% increase.

* Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

Once you have completed the requirements for the CATP:

  • You will be issued an official Certification Number;
  • Your name will be listed in the International Registry as a Certified Autism Travel Professional;
  • You will receive an official certificate to display;
  • A digital badge is issued for use on email signatures, your travel website, digital resumes, and social media;
  • Your credential number can be verified at ibcces.org

certification process

*Your organization may undergo an onsite review by IBCCES experts includes a comprehensive report with suggested changes or modifications to better serve individuals on the spectrum, as well as sensory guides for activities (depends on the size of the organization).

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  • Michele Berroth CATP

    Michele Berroth, Independent Travel Advisor, Certified Sandals Specialist (CSS), CATP

    I use my certification as part of my business plan. I have a blog on Facebook, Traveling with Special People, where I share information about locations where the staff has been certified to work with individuals with autism.

  • Tara Woodbury CATP

    Tara Woodbury, Travel Advisor, CATA, CATP

    Being able to have more knowledge about the autism community has helped me immensely. A family traveling with a child or adult with autism is going to face challenges unique to them, on top of the normal stress of travel. I can use what I have learned to help talk to that family and guide them, to know what questions to ask about their needs, and to better research locations, attractions, etc.

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