Certified Autism Specialist

Certified Autism Specialist


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

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.

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Individual Benefits

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

School/Clinic Benefits

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.


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 Requirements:

  • 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.

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*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.

CAS Card - Certified Autism Specialist

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;
  • Your credential number can be verified by employers at ibcces.org


Applicants for the CAS Certification Typically Include:

Education Professionals

  • Special Education Teachers
  • Special Education Directors
  • School Psychologists
  • Behavior Specialists
  • School Counselors
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Principals
  • School Nurses
  • Administrators
  • Clerical and Support Staff
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Higher Education

Licensed Professionals

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

How It Works

CAS Application Process

Certification Process

For more information on how to maintain your certification, please review our Certification Renewal Policy and Code of Ethics and Standards.

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.

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IBCCES University - Online training for Autism Specialists