Eligibility Requirements: Certified Autism Specialist (CAS)


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.

  1. 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.
  2. Two Years:
    Applicants must have two years experience working in a field that treats or supports individuals with autism.
  3. 14 CE hours:
    Applicants must have earned 14 hours of continuing education that directly relates to autism within the last two years.
  4. 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.

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Applicants Typically 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
  • Recreational Therapists

Application Process

  1. Complete all areas of the online application and submit.
  2. IBCCES will review required fields.
  3. You will be provided a link to take the 62 question Autism Competency exam.
  4. 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

Registration Fee

The registration fee includes application review, Autism Competency Exam, issuance of certification number, certificate, and wallet ID card sent via mail. A digital badge is also available upon request.

  • Certified Autism Specialist Credentialing Fee: *$495.00 (valid for two years)
  • Certified Autism Specialist Renewal Every Two Years: $199.00

* 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.

** International Applicants will receive a digital copy of the certificate and wallet card. Physical copies will be sent upon request and assessed a $25 shipping and handling fee.


Renewal Process

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 ten areas of autism competency.

Code of Ethics & Standards of Practice

The CAS credential, as used by authorized persons, certifies that the professional has met the credentialing qualifications. The CAS credential represents and includes education, career review and continuing education which enhances the individual’s qualifications, advanced knowledge and practice. In addition to meeting the credentialing qualifications, applicants must abide by the CAS Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.

Click here to view the IBCCES Ethical Responsibilities and Standards of Practice