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Autism Certificate

A Special Needs Certification for Educators and Licensed Professionals

Certification Recognizing Professionals with Additional Training in the Field of Autism

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. This Autism Certificate (AC) recognizes professionals dedicated to promoting quality care in the field of Autism. The Autism Certificate does not require a Master’s degree as a prerequisite.

Individual Benefits

Our Autism Certificate will:

  • Enhance your professional reputation and credibility.
  • Recognize your mastery of 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 professionals with an Autism Certification.

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.

Autism Certification Quote

“The Autism Certificate encourages me to stay apprised of what is going on in the Autism community and demonstrates my commitment to parents and colleagues.”

Kelly Jill, AC, Paraprofessional

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AC Eligibility Requirements

  • Currently employed in a setting that requires you to work or have contact with individuals with autism.
  • 14 continuing education hours:
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  • Pass the online Autism Certificate Competency Exam
  • Registry Fee: $295

Renewal Requirements:

  • Renewal fee: $149 every two years
  • 14 Additional CEU hours in autism related areas
  • Maintain active status as an AC 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.

Additional AC Benefits

Once you have completed the requirements for the AC:

  • 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


Applicants for the AC Certification Typically Include:

Education Professionals

  • Classroom Teachers
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Behavior Specialists
  • School Personnel
  • School Bus Drivers
  • Autism Program Support Staff

Licensed Professionals

  • Autism Organization Volunteers
  • ABA Therapists
  • Childcare Directors
  • First Responders
  • Paramedics
  • Police Officers
  • Firemen
  • Medical Assistants
  • Medical Billing Clerks

How It Works

AC Application Process


Need AC 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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