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1.  Double click to download the Examination and Certification Application (Rev. May 2001) materials. The examination and certification application has been divided into a 2-part process.  Part One (Examination Application) is a shorter application requesting the basic information necessary to sit for the examination.  Part Two (Certification Application) consists of the remainder of the application process, which is necessary in order to receive certification after passing the examination.

Dividing the application process makes it both easier and quicker for individuals to complete the process necessary to take the examination.  Individuals may wait until receiving their examination results before submitting Part Two, or submit both Part One and Part Two together, prior to the examination, if desired.  Application materials for the June 7, 2003 examination must be received prior to April 30, 2003 to be processed for that year.  Applications received after the April 30th deadline will only be processed for the following year's examination.  For additional examination opportunities and deadlines visit the Exam Dates and Places Page of our website.

In recognition of the fact that there are Physical Education Professionals who have been directly involved in teaching Adatped Physical Education for many years or who have Post Graduate training and experience in Adapted Physical Education, we have 2 additional options for becoming a Certified Adapted Physical Educator (CAPE).

2.  One of these options is for General Physical Educators

A general physical educator who is applying under this option must provide verification or documentation of each of the following:

  1. Valid or expired general physical education teaching certificate.

  2. Minimum of ten (10) years (full-time) teaching experience in physical education with students with disabilities (this includes experience in integrated and/or segregated environments).

  3. Accrued fifteen (15) points in the following five (5) categories over the past seven (7) years:

Category (point value and maximum)

1) Elected official or board member of one (1) state or national adapted physical education/sport organization for a minimum of one (1) year (2 points per year for a maximum of 6 points).

2) Provided a presentation or inservice at a state or national level related to adapted physical education (1 point per presentation for a maximum of 3 points).

3) Have taken and successfully passed a 3-credit hour college or university graduate level course in adapted physical education (3 points per course for a maximum of 9 points).

4) Possess a valid adapted physical education state licensure/endorsement which required the successful completion of a minimum of four (4) semester credit courses in adapted physical education (3 points).

5) Supervised interns or student teachers in adapted physical education for a minimum of 200 hours (2 points).

In categories 1-3, up to three experiences can be counted. For example, in taking and successfully passing four adapted physical education classes, three of the four may be counted for a total of nine points from that category. Experiences in categories 4 and 5 may only be counted once.

3. The other category is for Professionals in Higher Education, Agencies, and/or Organizations.

Option #1:

Can provide appropriate verification or documentation of each of the following:

  1. Major in physical education, adapted physical education (minimum of 15 hours), special education or related area in a doctoral program.

  2. Taught a minimum of 2 years in higher education or public/private school environment in the area of adapted physical education.

  3. Minimum of 9 semester hours of supervising college/university students in practica, internships, and/or student teaching related to the direct instruction of students with disabilities in physical education environments.

Option #2:

Provide verification or documentation of tenure and significant adapted physical education teaching responsibilities since 1993.

These individuals can apply to become a Certified Adapted Physical Educator (CAPE) without taking the examination IF they meet the alternative criteria described in Section #2 of each of the applications.  Both of these options will only be available from 2001-2005.

If you have any questions concerning the various applications or eligibility criteria, please contact us toll free at 1-888-APENS-EXam (1-888-273-6739) or email us at

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APENS Chairman, Timothy D. Davis PH.D., CAPE

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