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To anticipate possible questions and to clarify some of the details in the TEACCH® Certification Program, we are providing the following supplementary information. This section will be periodically updated as we get feedback.

The Certification Program is designed for professionals working with individuals on the autism spectrum. The TEACCH Certification Program has two levels. The TEACCH® Practitioner Certification is a recognition that you have achieved a level of proficiency and mastery of TEACCH® principles and practices. It is the first of two levels of Certification offered by the UNC TEACCH® Autism Program. The TEACCH® Advanced Consultant Level is a recognition that you can consult, train other professionals on TEACCH principles, and present content based on TEACCH philosophy.

The two levels of certification, Practitioner and Advanced Consultant are distinct in their competencies, benefits, and privileges.

  • Click here for more details about Practitioner Certification, including application requirements, process, and fees.
  • Click here for more details about Advanced Consultant Certification, including application requirements, process, and fees.

Individuals who attain Practitioner Certification may:

  • Hold active certification for 3 years, with the option to recertify every three years;
  • Use the title of TEACCH® Certified Practitioner and be listed on the on the TEACCH website as TEACCH® Certified Practitioner;
  • Demonstrate activities, share information, and consult on TEACCH principles and practices within their own work setting;
  • Receive consultative support (up to 2 hours per certification period at no charge); and
  • Receive 10% discounts on registration for TEACCH-sponsored conferences, and approved seminars in North Carolina.

The Practitioner Certification requirements are available at this link: TEACCH Practitioner Certification Checklist.

  • Practitioner Certification is valid for three years.
  • The renewal process is available at this link: Renewal Process

The applicant is responsible for registration fees for the Hands-On Classroom Training and the Beyond the Basics Workshop.

  • New Certification Fees: $1000
    • Application and ExamFee:$500
    • Portfolio Review and Certification Fee: $500
  • Renewal Certification Fee: $225

Individuals who attain Advanced Consultant Certification may:

  • Hold active certification for 3 years, with the option to recertify every three years;
  • Use the title of TEACCH® Certified Advanced Consultant and be listed on the TEACCH website as TEACCH® Certified Advanced Consultant;
  • Demonstrate activities, share information, and consult on TEACCH principles and practices within your own work setting as well as settings outside of your organization/employer;
  • Conduct lectures or presentations on content based on the TEACCH philosophy;
  • Receive consultative support (up to 2 hours per certification period at no charge); and
  • Receive 10% discounts on registration for TEACCH-sponsored conferences, and approved seminars in North Carolina.

The Advanced Consultant Certification requirements are available at this link:  TEACCH Advanced Consultant Certification

  • Advanced Consultant Certification is valid for three years.
  • The renewal process is available at this link: Renewal Process
  • Training fees apply for prerequisite Shadow Training and registration fees for Fundamentals workshops.
  •  $1000 Application and Certification Fee
  • Renewal fee: $525

The Advanced Consultant has independence in providing lectures, workshops, and trainings, based on the TEACCH philosophy. The Certified Practitioner Level can provide consultation and share information, but this is limited to within their employment organization.

No, the hours must be completed within the three-year period of certification.

If a parent is a professional providing services to individuals with autism (e.g., a teacher, speech therapist, psychologist), he or she can participate in the certification program as any other professional. However, if the parent is home-schooling their child or is not professionally credentialed, then the certification program is not an option.

As the certification program continues to grow, we will make adjustments to enhance the quality of the program. The website will be updated accordingly. If the need arises, we will communicate the changes via email with TEACCH® Certified Practitioners and TEACCH® Certified Advanced Consultants.

Certifications – TEACCH Autism Program CB#7180, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7180 Email: TEACCH_Certifications@med.unc.edu Phone: 919-966-7003 Fax: 919-966-4127