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Certified Autism Specialist

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Certified Autism Specialistâ„¢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.

Certified Autism Specialist Eligibility Requirements:

1. Masters Degree: Applicants must have earned a masters 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 masters degree you may qualify for The Autism Certificate.

2. Two Years: Applicant must have two years experience working their field that treats or supports individuals with autism.

3. 14 CE hours: Applicant must have earned 14 hours of continuing education that directly relates to autism (renewed every two years).

Applicants Typically Include

Education Professionals

Special Education Teachers

Special Education Directors

Paraprofessionals

School Psychologists

School Counselors

Classroom Teachers

Principals

School Nurses

Licensed Professionals

Speech Language Pathologists

Occupational Therapists

Physical Therapists

Psychologists

Clinical Social Workers

Licensed Professional Counselors

RN Nurses

Recreational Therapists

 

Application Process:

1. Complete all areas of the online application

2. IBCCES will review required fields

3. Eligible candidates will be issued a credential number and receive a wallet ID card by mail. Your credential number can be verified by employers at www.ibcces.org

Registry Fee

The Registry fee includes application review, issuance of certification number, online public search for employers, issuance of plastic ID card sent by mail

Certified Autism Specialist Credentialing Fee: *$495.00 (valid for two years)

Certified Autism Specialist Renewal Every Two Years: $199.00

*The Registry fee will be refunded if the applicant is not approved.

1. CERTIFIED AUTISM SPECIALIST(CAS) ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITIES AS PROFESSIONALS

1.01 Professional Competence

Use reliable research and self disclosure when presenting (otherwise known as personal experiences).

1.02 Private Conduct

CAS credentialed professionals should not permit their private conduct to interfere with their ability to fulfill their professional responsibilities.

1.03 Dishonesty, Fraud, and Deception

CAS credentialed professionals should not participate in, be associated with or condone others regarding dishonesty, fraud, or deception.

1.04 Professional Impairment

(a) CAS credentialed professionals should not allow their own personal problems, substance abuse, or mental health difficulties to interfere with their professional judgment.

1.05 Misrepresentation

(a) CAS credentialed professionals should make clear distinctions between statements made as a representative of personal and of IBCCES-CAS credential

1.06 Representing an IBCCES credential

(a) CAS credentialed professionals should work to maintain high standards of practice.

(b) social media pictures and contacts shall represent high standards of practice (professional headshot suggested)

(c) posts made on open social media sites are suggested to be monitored to maintain a high standard of practice.

Download the CAS Standards of Practice Here

The CAS mark, as used by authorized persons, certifies that the professional has met the credentialing qualifications. The CAS mark represents and includes education, career review and continuing education which enhances the individual’s qualifications, advanced knowledge and practice.

Credentialing shall be effective upon the date issued and shall expire at the end of 24 months from the

date of issuance. Re-certification requires 14 contact hours of continuing education or professional

development hours from any industry wide approved provider that directly relates to one of the nine

core areas of autism.


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