The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) offers certification programs to educators and licensed professionals who work with individuals with special needs. Our Certified Autism Specialist™ is defined as a professional who is responsible for the support and/or services provided to an individual on the autism spectrum that directly relates to the professionals’ specific scope of practice.
Improve Your Reach as a Certified Autism Specialist
Certification Recognizing Professionals with Specialist Level Training in the Field of Autism
Internationally Recognized Certification for Autism Professionals
Our certification will:
- Enhance your professional reputation and credibility.
- Recognize your mastery of the specialist level Autism training.
- Increase your opportunity for career advancement and increased earnings.
- Recognize your voluntary effort to meet rigorous professional standards in ongoing professional development.
- Include your name on the online public registry of Certified Autism Specialists
Having Certified Autism Specialists on your staff:
- Reduces the chance of litigation in your district.
- Differentiates your school or healthcare facility from your competitors.
- Demonstrates your commitment to on-going training in Autism to parents and clients.
- Improves your grant qualifications.
- Assists in demonstrating compliance with local and state guidelines for professional development.
This certification allows me to demonstrate my professional competence and skills, specifically in the field of autism. This is increasingly important at a time when standards of accountability mandate service providers be highly qualified. I am a better OT when I am more diversely equipped to meet the spectrum of needs of this growing population.
Paula Perkins, OTR, SCSS, MA, CAS
Burkburnett ISD | Burkburnett, TX
A large portion of my caseload continues to be individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and with their caregivers. Since obtaining my credential as a Certified Autism Specialist, I have seen a big increase in opportunities at my school and overall the receptiveness from both the parents and my peers has been phenomenal.
Andrea S. White, MEd, MA, CCC-SLP, CAS
Speech Language Pathologist | Williamstown, MA
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
Director of Education, Markland Day School | 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
K&K Services, Childrens’ Medical Center of Dallas | Cedar Hill, TX
CAS Eligibility Requirements
- Master’s Degree:
Applicants must have earned a Master’s degree in special education, education, educational psychology, psychology, human development, early childhood education, speech/language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, social work, or closely related field. A professional not holding a license number or teaching certification number are required to upload their college transcripts. If you don’t have your Master’s degree, you may qualify for the Autism Certificate. The Master’s degree requirement will be waived if the applicant has a bachelor’s degree and at least 10 years of experience.
- Two Years Experience:
Applicants must have two years’ experience working in a field that treats or supports individuals with autism.
- 14 CE hours:
Applicants must have earned 14 hours of continuing education that directly relate to autism within the last two years. These CEs can be earned through IBCCES University as part of the CAS application process. If you have already completed 14 hours of continuing education within the last 2 years, check here to make sure the hours can be applied toward your CAS.
- Autism Competency Exam:
Applicants must pass the Autism Competency Exam. The exam is taken online and is included in the price of your CAS application.
- Registry Fee: $495
- Renewal fee: $199 every two years
- 14 Additional (CEU) in related area
- Maintain active status as a CAS and Compliance with Code of Ethics
Registration fees include application review by IBCCES board and Access to Advanced Certified Autism Specialist 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 CAS Benefits
Once you have completed the requirements for the CAS:
- You will be issued an official Certification Number;
- Your name will be listed in the International Registry as an Advanced Certified Autism Specialist;
- 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 10,000 job openings, free training opportunities, best practices and access some of the latest research in your field;
- Your credential number can be verified by employers at ibcces.org
Applicants for the CAS Certification Typically Include:
- Special Education Teachers
- Special Education Directors
- School Psychologists
- Behavior Specialists
- School Counselors
- Classroom Teachers
- School Nurses
- Clerical and Support Staff
- Higher Education
- Speech Language Pathologists
- Occupational Therapists
- BCBA and ABA Professionals
- Physical Therapists
- Clinical Social Workers
- Licensed Professional Counselors
- RN Nurses
- Recreational Therapists
Need CAS Training?
Still need training to meet the CEU requirements? IBCCES offers a rich library of online training content that is specifically targeted for your individual role within your organization.