Parent Survey – 1,000 parents with a child on the spectrum were asked:

Do you currently take vacations as a family?

responded “Yes”

Would you be more inclined to travel if autism certified options were available?

responded “Yes”

Are you satisfied with current travel options for families with autism?

responded “Yes”


Visit for the full directory of Certified Autism Centers.

Family Travel Association (FTA) and IBCCES have teamed up to ensure travel agents from all over the globe have access to training and certification in the special needs travel market.

For a limited time your affiliation with FTA will give you a 40% discount on the popular Certified Autism Travel Professional (CATP) program offered by IBCCES.


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

1 in 44 children has been identified with autism.

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

ASD is at a 600% increase year after year.

Internationally Recognized Certification for Autism Professionals

The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) offers certification programs to travel professionals who help 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.


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Immediate benefits in becoming an internationally recognized Certified Autism Travel Professional

  • Ability to provide travel solutions to a $262 billion underserved market
  • Increase your revenue by gaining knowledge and access into a brand-new customer base
  • Personal recognition for your expertise in the fastest growing market in the travel industry
  • Comprehensive training in autism-related travel
  • Subscription to member portal, providing access to certified travel programs, additional training and travel planning tools
  • Listing on, available to 5.6 million parents across the US

How It Works

CATP Application Process

Certification process


Save 60% on FTA membership.  Visit and use promo code IBCCES.

For FTA Members

Save 40% on IBCCES Certified Autism Travel Professional certification.  Use promo code FTA40.