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.
If you want an autism training which is approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and is known to Montana special education directors go here. Training groups start the first week of each month.
Our training won't make you a "certified autism specialist" but it will give you some great knowledge and it won't cost you a dime.