Adapted Physical Education National Standards

APENS was developed and is provided by the National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPEID). The purpose of APENS is to ensure that physical education for children with disabilities be delivered by a qualified Adapted Physical Educator. In order to meet this purpose a set of 15 national standards representing the content a qualified Adapted Physical Educator must know to do their job was developed. In addition, a national certification exam was developed to measure the specialized content.

The Power of the CAPE

Topic:              The Power of the CAPE: Certified Adapted Physical Educator Certification 


                        This presentation outlines personal and professional reasons for attaining CAPE certification                            as well as outlines the requirements for certification, re-certification, and benefits of NCPEID                              membership included with certification. Originally presented at the 49th National Adapted                                  Physical Education Conference.

Presenters:    Heidi Ambrosius, MA CAPE, Moreno Valley Unified School District, California State University,                            San Bernardino; Brad Weiner, M.Ed, CAPE, NBPT, Montgomery County Public Schools 

Access:          The Power of the CAPE

Access:          The Power of the CAPE short video 

APENS National Certification Exam Now ONLINE

The APENS Committee and the NCPEID are pleased to announce that the APENS National Exam is now available ONLINE!  Candidates interested in taking the exam must first meet all the eligibility criteria, pay the exam fee and submit BOTH Part 1 and Part 2 of the APENS application before receiving access.  The APENS Exam is available through the SUNY Cortland Black Board web site and uses the Respondus Lockdown Browser features to secure the exam and testing.

APENS National Certification Exam Fee Increase

The NCPEID Executive Committee and Board have approved an increase in the APENS National Exam fee from $150.00 to $250.00 effective January 1, 2021.  The current fee of 150.00 dollar will remain current through January 1, 2021.  This is the first increase in the exam fee since 2010.  The NCPEID Executive Board recognizes the impact any increase in fees has on its membership and on teachers and the  Executive Board would like to remind those interested in becoming nationally certified in Adapted Physical Education that the CAPE certification is a 7 year certification.  In addition, candidates who successfully pass the APENS exam and receive CAPE (Certified Adapted Physical Educator) status are also given a one-year free membership to the NCPEID and receive a one year subscription to Palaestra.

You can access a paper-copy, e-book or online study guide by visiting or using the web link from the APENS web site                                      

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Please send questions or concerns regarding the APENS via email to:

Timothy D. Davis, PhD, CAPE


Assoicate Professor, State University of New York Cortland

Email: [email protected]