Certified Autism Specialist

A Certified Autism Specialist (CAS) is defined as a professional who is responsible for the support and/or services provided to an individual on the autism spectrum. The CAS credential demonstrates that you have met rigorous standards, demonstrating experience and education in autism.  Our online application documents your education level, experience, and professional development hours which are reviewed by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). Once approved, your name and verification number can be viewed on the IBCCES public registry by employers and other third parties. View Eligibility Requirements.

Professionals that typically apply for the CAS Credential include:

Education Professionals

  • Special Education Teachers
  • Special Education Directors
  • School Psychologists
  • Behavior Specialists
  • School Counselors
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Principals
  • School Nurses

Licensed Professionals

  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • BCBA and ABA Professionals
  • Physical Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Clinical Social Workers
  • Licensed Professional Counselors
  • RN Nurses


Autism Certificate

The Autism Certificate (AC) is available for all professionals employed in a setting that requires you to work or have contact with individuals with autism. This Autism Certification recognizes professionals dedicated to promoting quality care in the field of Autism. The Autism Certificate does not require a Master’s degree. If you have your Master’s degree you may qualify for the Certified Autism Specialist Credential.

Professionals that typically apply for the AC Credential include:

Education Professionals

  • Classroom Teachers
  • Paraprofessionals
  • School Personnel
  • School Bus Drivers
  • Autism Program Support Staff

Other Professionals

  • Autism Organization Volunteers
  • ABA Therapists
  • Childcare Directors
  • First Responders
  • Paramedics
  • Police Officers
  • Firemen
  • Medical Assistants
  • Medical Billing Clerks

Feedback From Professionals Like You
  • I pursued the Certified Autism Specialist Credential as confirmation that I provide my students current best practices and methodology. As a result, more and more of my staff has been awarded or is currently pursuing their CAS credentials.–Karen Ann Gill, MS, CAS | Bloomingdale, IL

  • CAS was instrumental in my acceptance into a specialty program with Texas Tech University. My professional education and work experience in bilingual speech-language pathology, sociolinguistics, social and behavioral sciences has enhanced my ability to work effectively as part of multi-disciplinary teams in medical and educational settings.–Dr. Love Johnson, DrPH, MS, MA, CCC-SLP, CAS, CPH | Cedar Hill, TX

  • The CAS certification affirms the commitment and hard work spent over the past few years of dedication to growing professionally and learning more about autism. –Becky Butler, M.S. CCC/SLP, CAS

  • CAS exemplifies my education, working experience in this field, professional knowledge and qualifications. –Elena Ghionis, Special Education Teacher, M.S., CAS

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