Keep Calm and Get Your Certification On!

May 1, 2017 by Heather Koren


You are a specialist in your field but how do you demonstrate your commitment to everyone else? You work hard, read, research, and attend conferences to continue learning to better serve your students and consumers, so why not add that certification to your signature line. Be recognized for your expertise and knowledge by becoming certified.

Obtain a Professional Certification to Show Your Expertise

The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) offers a way to obtain a certification in the area of Autism or Cognitive Disorders. Strengthen your professional reputation, and demonstrate your dedication to parents and clients by choosing from one of four different certification opportunities.

If looking to show your expertise in the area of Autism, choose from the Autism Certificate or the Certified Autism Specialist (CAS). What’s the difference? Education and experience. The Autism Certificate does not require a specific education level, just work experience. The CAS requires either a Master’s degree or a Bachelor’s degree with 10 or more years of experience. In addition, a total of 14 CEU’s are needed in the area of autism.


The brand new certification area that IBCCES has added is for professionals working with individuals with a cognitive disorder (e.g. ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism). The Board Certified Cognitive Specialist is for professionals with a Master’s degree and two years’ experience or a Bachelor’s degree with 10 or more years of experience. The Certified Cognitive Coach requires work experience with children or adults who have cognitive disorders. Both of these options also require 14 CEUs obtained through the IBCCES online training. Applicants can choose from twelve different competency areas such as Social Skills & Interaction, Dyslexia, Diagnosing & Identification, Autism, Differentiated Instruction, Executive Function, ADHD, and Exercise & Cognitive Health.

Interested in pursuing a certification in your area of expertise but nervous about the exam? No worries, IBCCES partners with hundreds of universities to obtain CEU’s and they offer online classes to help you prepare. Looking for a deal? Visit the “Certifications” tab on our Products page to find out how to get started and use our exclusive partner code WT20 to save 20%.

Heather Koren

Heather Koren believes that all individuals, no matter their abilities can accomplish goals and dreams with the right tools. She began her career as a speech-language pathology assistant for individuals with severe and profound disabilities. Later she worked for United Cerebral Palsy as an AT Specialist where she developed communication and vocational training programs. A move to North Carolina provided the opportunity to teach both undergraduate and graduate level assistive technology classes in the Special Education Department at East Carolina University. Heather holds a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Science and Technology from University of Pittsburgh.

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