Monday, September 5, 2016

A bit of clarification about becoming a "Certified Autism Specialist"


Doug here. At the 2015 Montana CEC conference there was a vendor selling the opportunity to become a "Certified Autism Specialist." The "certification" required a Master's Degree or Bachelor's Degree + 10 years experience + 14 hours of continuing education and passing a quiz at 80%. The initial "certification" costs up to $495 with a renewal fee of $199 every two years.

I just want to be clear about a few things:

1. 14 hours of continuing education does not make a person an "autism specialist."

2. The Montana Office of Public Instruction does not recognize "certification" in specific disabilities.