Internationally Recognized Certification for Professionals

The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) offers training and certification programs that go above and beyond the typical training to help professionals working with all populations.

The Special Needs Certificate (SNC) was created by a team of experts, including international leaders in the educational field, Tier 1 University researchers, master educators, and clinical professionals. The program was designed based on feedback from leaders across multiple industries to address the most-needed training topics.

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SNC Training Topics Include:

  • Autism
  • Down Syndrome
  • ADHD
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Fragile X
  • Epilepsy

  • Hearing Impairment
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Apraxia
  • Vision Impairment
  • Mental Illness

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Feeding Tube
  • Mobility Impairment

SNC Eligibility Requirements

  • Work with individuals with special needs:
    Applicants must currently work in a setting assisting individuals with special needs and/or their families.
  • Completion of Training Modules:
    Training modules are designed to increase confidence and experience.
  • Competency Exam:
    Applicants must pass the Competency Exam. The exam is taken online and can be retaken if needed at no additional cost.
  • Registry Fee: $495

Renewal Requirements:

  • Renewal fee: $199 every two years
  • Maintain active status as a SNC and Compliance with Code of Ethics

Registration fees include application review by IBCCES board and Access to the Special Needs Certificate 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 SNC Benefits

Once you have completed the requirements for the SNC:

  • You will be issued an official Certification Number;
  • Your name will be listed in the International Registry as a Special Needs Certificate;
  • 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;
  • A digital badge is available upon request for use on digital resumes and social media;
  • You will be granted access to the IBCCES Online Member Community which is loaded with member benefits such as access to free training opportunities, best practices and access some of the latest research in your field;
  • Your credential number can be verified by employers at

How It Works

SNC Application Process

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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