Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Virtual PECS Level 1 Trainings 2023-2024 School Year

We have suspended enrollment in the virtual PECS Level 1 trainings at this time as we review our PECS budget and plan other trainings this school year. 

Individuals who are nonverbal or have limited speech need a communication system they can start using right now. PECS provides an immediately useful method for requesting things, actions and people, in a way that requires and promotes social interaction. Using the principles of applied behavior analysis, PECS starts by teaching spontaneous requesting and as quickly as possible, moves on to responding to questions as well as commenting about things in the environment.

Things to Know: 

These trainings are only available to public school staff, who are taking PECS Level 1 training for the first time.

You must complete both days of the training. You must have release time to attend the training. When you register, we will ask for the contact information for your supervisor to verify that you have been released from all other job duties to participate in this training.

OPI renewal units (14) will be provided after verification from PECS that you have completed the training. ASHA CEUs will be provided through PECS. 

A hardcopy PECS manual will be sent to you for the training. Training registration will close ~14 days before each training to allow for mail delivery of the PECS manual.  

If you have any questions, please email Doug Doty at

The OPI Montana Autism Education Project is offering the following (free!) PECS Level 1 trainings: 

PECS Level 1 Trainings:

December 7-8     9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. MST  (closed registration)

January 11-12     9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. MST  (closed registration)

January 25-26     9:00 a.m. – 4:30 MST

February 12-13     9:00 a.m. – 4:30 MST