SECTION 1: CERTIFICATION DETAILS + REQUIREMENTS

Is there a different program for healthcare vs. educational settings?
The IBCCES telepractice certification is designed help professionals delivering teletherapy services to pediatric patients in a variety of settings. The BCTS program is primarily designed for therapists and other service providers who provide therapy to individuals with special needs, while the TFC program is designed to ensure facilitators such as school staff and parents are informed on the best way to assist during teletherapy sessions.
Does the telepractice certification apply to a classroom teacher?
The training and certification is designed for therapists, special educators, and other services providers administering services to students/patients with special needs. The content is focused on delivering therapy and intervention services, not specifically on distance or remote learning.
Why should I complete this program?
With the growing demand for telepractice services, this program will equip professionals with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to provide high-quality services to their clients. Additionally, you will receive board-certified recognition for your completion of the program.
Does a facilitator get a certificate?
Yes, the TFC grants the certificant with a credential good for 2 years.
Who designed this program?
The Telepractice programs were created by IBCCES in collaboration with industry experts and leaders, including the team at DotCom Therapy. All programs meet IBCCES high standards established and approved by the IBCCES advisory board.
How does this compare to other programs?
The IBCCES programs are platform agnostic, developed and backed by experts in various clinical specialties as well as individuals with cognitive disorders, and provide not only training but a professional credential to recognize your work in the field and specialization in delivering the most effective telepractice services. Our program is designed to be helpful for a variety of specialties.
If I sign up for the training, do I have to currently be using telepractice?
No, the program is a great way to start offering telepractice services and ensure you are prepared from the outset to ensure the best outcomes and ease of transition to using this technology.
Is there information on billing included in the training?
This training program is intended to teach the provision of teletherapy services and best practices. Please reference specific state and national associations for information on billing.
Is this credential and training applicable for mental health professionals?

No. This program is designed for speech and occupational therapy professionals. We are in the process of developing a mental health track.

Can I take training through a 3rd party and apply for the credential?
It is recommended to complete the training provided by IBCCES as part of the program to ensure best practices and recommendations are understood prior to completing the certification exam. At this time, IBCCES is not accepting outside CEUs for this certification.
What is considered experience to meet the requirements for the BCTS?
The program is designed for professionals in healthcare or a related field delivering services.  IBCCES recognizes professional experience assisting individuals with special needs or cognitive disorders as well as personal experience. The experience can be earned before or after the applicant’s degree was earned.
I am a parent trying to help my child through distance learning, would this help me?

If your child is receiving teletherapy through a distance learning program, the facilitator board certification would be beneficial.

What organizations recognize the certification?
IBCCES credentials are governed and approved by our professional board that frequently reviews all policies and procedures of the IBCCES. The board is composed of clinical experts from a variety of specialties, leaders in special education, and individuals with cognitive disorders. IBCCES is a proud member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, as well as the Better Business Bureau. Individual certification or training approvals will vary by organization but IBCCES can assist with any supporting documentation needed for submission as requested.
Do CEUs apply toward hours for all licensing boards?
You will need to submit IBCCES CEUs to your licensing board for approval, but IBCCES has worked with many of these organizations in the past and will furnish any documentation needed upon request.
Do CEUs apply toward hours for all licensing boards?
You will need to submit IBCCES CEUs to your licensing board for approval, but IBCCES has worked with many of these organizations in the past and will furnish any documentation needed upon request.
Can hours count towards professional development?
Yes, IBCCES certification can count toward professional development requirements, although it is up to the individual certificant to retain records and apply for professional development credits through your employer or other organization.
What is the main difference in content between the BCTS and TFC?
The TFC (facilitator) program is designed for individuals assisting the client during a telepractice session; the BCTS program is designed for individuals actually conducting or providing the therapy or intervention.
How do I let my patients/students know about my certification once I complete the program?
You will receive access to a digital badge as well as printed certificate after completing the program. We recommend using your digital badge, which can be linked to your professional profile on the IBCCES international registry, on your email signature, website, and other communication to ensure patients and prospective clients are aware of your credential and specialized training.

SECTION 2: PAYMENT + REGISTRATION

What sections of the CARES federal stimulus or other grant funding does this program qualify for?
You can review more details compiled from the CARES stimulus bill here, there are multiple provisions for telepractice and teletherapy, continuity of services, etc., including expansion for reimbursement for services under Medicaid and Medicare. The program also qualifies for education funding sources such as Title I, Title II, IDEA, E-rate, and other sources.
Do you offer group discounts?
Yes, please contact us at info@ibcces.org – we have discounts available for groups of 10 or more applicants.
If I sign up for the training, do I have to currently be using telepractice?
No, the program is a great way to start offering telepractice services and ensure you are prepared from the outset to ensure the best outcomes and ease of transition to using this technology.
How long do I have access to complete the program?
Certificants have 60 days from entering into the program.
Do I have to access the training at a certain time?
All IBCCES training programs are  accessible 24/7 and are available on-demand to fit your schedule. The program is self-paced and can be completed in multiple sittings if needed.
As an individual can I apply for funding after I take the certification?
Please reference the CARES stimulus verbiage and other resources for your specific situation, field, and specialty.

SECTION 3: CERTIFICATION RENEWAL

Is additional training included in the renewal fee?
Yes, new training modules will be available upon renewal.
Is the renewal training different?
Yes, the renewal training (if needed from IBCCES at the time of renewal) will contain updated content.
Do I get reminders for when my certificate is about to expire?
Yes, IBCCES sends automated reminders during and after the certification process, including renewal reminders starting 6 months before your expiration date.
What date is considered my 2 year mark for certification?
Your credential will expire 2 years from the date you start the program.