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.
Certified Autism Specialist Eligibility Requirements:
The Certified Autism Specialist(CAS) Credential recognizes the professionals in the field of Autism who have demonstrated superior knowledge, experience and performance in their profession. The Certified Autism Specialist is accredited by the IBCCES which is the largest and most recognized accrediting organization that focuses on special needs and human services. Certified Autism Specialists are recognized in the U.S. in all 50 states and in over 40 different countries around the world. The requirements to apply for this credential are as follows:
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, closely related field. A professional not holding a license number or teaching certification number are required to submit 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 (1,000 clock hours) working with individual(s) 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
Special Education Teachers
Special Education Directors
Speech Language Pathologists
Clinical Social Workers
Licensed Professional Counselors
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
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: *$249.00 (valid for two years)
Certified Autism Specialist Renewal Every Two Years: $99.00
*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.
(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.
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.