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Certifying Process

The IBCCES Certified Autism Center tm (CAC) certification recognizes organizations that have a highly trained staff and are fully equipped to serve the fastest growing population of developmental disorders.

Every Certified Autism Center tm meets the following requirements:

  • Dedicated to serving individuals with autism
  • At least 80% of staff trained and certified in the field ofautism
  • Is committed to ongoing training in autism

An onsite review by IBCCES experts includes a comprehensive report with suggested changes or modifications to better serve individuals on the spectrum, as well as sensory guides for activities.

The Advanced Certified Autism Center tm designation recognizes organizations that have completed the CAC program as well as the following additional steps:

  • Leadership and high contact staff has minimum of 40 hours of autism training
  • Annual onsite facilities audit by IBCCES professionals
  • Has made substantial accommodations and updates to procedures and physical space to ensure accessibility
  • Annual onsite review by IBCCES experts includes a comprehensive report with suggested changes or modifications to better serve individuals on the spectrum, as well as sensory guides for activities.
  • Provides ongoing special services and modified activities for visitors with special needs

Why is it important to have an IBCCES trained and certified staff?

Children with autism have unique needs. Because it is described as a Spectrum disorder, no two children will be alike. Some children will function at a higher level than others or have different sensitivities to lights, sounds, etc. that may cause them to get upset or act out as a coping strategy.

Dietary restrictions, emotional frustrations or physical modifications may all play a role as well. A trained staff will be able to recognize these concerns or mannerisms and be educated as to what the possible cause or problem may be. With this, the trained staff is able to ensure a remedy can be offered and a caring, productive solution or activity can be put in place to calm the child and create a safe, happy environment for them.

A trained staff will provide and more seamless experience for the child and the entire family!

Individuals complete the IBCCES online training and certification program to receive the Autism Certificate, Certified Autism Specialist or Special Needs Certificate designation.

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Autism Certificate

Recognizes professionals dedicated to promoting quality care in the field of Autism.
Completed online training and passed Autism Certificate Competency Exam.

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Certified Autism Specialist

A Level 1 Autism Credential for professionals with a Master’s Degree or 10+ years experience who have completed 14 continuing education hours and passed the Autism Competency Exam.

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Certified Cognitive Coach

Tier 1 certification for professionals designed based on feedback from your peers and leaders in education to address the most-needed training topics for special education and general education teachers, as well as paraprofessionals.

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Advanced Certified Autism Specialist

Advanced certification for professional with ongoing training in autism and ABA therapy. Must complete the Certified Autism Specialist(CAS) program to advance to this program.

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Advanced Autism Certificate

Advanced certification for professional with ongoing training in autism and ABA therapy. Must complete the Autism Certificate (AC) program to advance to this program.

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Board Certified Cognitive Specialist

Tier 1 certification for educators designed based on feedback from your peers and leaders in education. This certification recognizing professionals with specialist level training in the field of cognitive disorders.

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Student Mental Health Certificate

Certifications recognizing educators with training and certification in the field of Student Mental Health.

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Student Mental Health Specialist

Certificate for educators created by peers and leaders in education to address the most-needed training topics for around Student Mental Health.

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Certified Neurodiversty Professional

Hire and manage a neurodiverse workforce with the proper training, certification and community support, these individuals become a productive part of leading organizations, with specific skills and assets that many neuro-typical employees do not possess.