Ten Areas of Autism Competency


The IBCCES Board of Directors has approved 10 areas of autism competency for the Certified Autism Specialist program.  The exam for the Certified Autism Specialist program has been strategically designed around these 10 areas.  It is not expected that an individual obtain CE hours in all areas, but activity should fall within one or more of the 10 areas.  Any questions regarding the 10 areas or about CE qualifications should be directed to the CAS program director at IBCCES.  If you would like to submit a course for consideration that is not currently on our approved list, please note that it must also meet the standards outlined in the Delivery Standards and Requirements.  The IBCCES board reserves the right to accept or deny any course upon evaluation.

Ten Areas of Autism Competency for the Certified Autism Specialist program:

Autism Overview

Autism Overview

  • Types of ASD, Signs and Symptoms, Characteristics, Red Flags
  • Diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder
  • Recognition of individual strengths in an individual with autism
  • Treatment strategies for individuals with autism


Behavior Competency

  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Understand factors that influence behavior
  • Positive behavior supports and intervention
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy

program development competency

Program Development Competency

  • Individual Education Plan (IEP)
  • Specific Intervention and teaching strategies related to autism
  • Assessment tools used to measure progress
  • Various treatment strategies related to ASD (including, but not limited to: ABA type strategies, Floortime, RDI, TEACCH, etc.)
  • Transition and adult supports

Medical and Health Considerations

Medical and Health Considerations

  • GI concerns with individuals with autism and treatment options
  • Nutritional considerations and support for the individual with autism (including food intolerances and allergies)
  • New research findings in support, treatment, and causes of autism
  • Sleep disturbances and intervention in individuals with autism

sensory awareness

Sensory Awareness Competency

  • Incorporate developmental skills with an awareness of sensory related issues
  • Sensory Integration Therapy
  • Anxiety and relaxation techniques for the individual with autism

motor development competency

Motor Skill Competency

  • Gross and fine motor development
  • Core strength, muscle tone, balance, and coordination intervention and support for students with autism
  • Development and intervention of motor skills in students with autism

Social Skills Competency

Social Skills Competency

  • Understand social skill development and the unique deficits and challenges associated with autism
  • Understand appropriate strategies to increase social skills
  • Understand the unwritten rules of society
  • Social skills training

emotional awareness and bullying

Emotional Awareness and Bullying Competency

  • Bullying prevention strategies and intervention for the individual with autism
  • Emotional regulation strategies and support


Communication Competency

  • Understand strategies that increase communication
  • Expressive and receptive communication skills and support
  • Pragmatic skill development and support
  • Articulation and apraxia intervention and support
  • Non-verbal communication strategies and support (i.e. sign language, PECS)

environmental competency

Environment Competency

  • Social and Behavioral development increases with the appropriate environment
  • Structure of a classroom or treatment area to promote skill development
  • Parent education and training
  • Life skills training for the individual with autism
  • Elopement awareness and prevention

Course Delivery Standards and Requirements

All CE courses submitted for consideration must include the following:

  • Detailed course description that is in line with one or more of the Ten Areas of Competency
  • Clearly stated learning objectives
  • Include hourly agenda and/or progression of course
  • Sign in and attendance assurance process
  • Presenters must possess necessary qualifications
  • Clearly stated CEU Completion Process