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The National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPEID) is a national organization that plays a pivotal role in influencing the direction and development of the adapted physical education/activity field. Its mission is to promote, stimulate, and encourage legislative mandates, professional preparation, advocacy, and research in physical activity, physical education, and recreation for individuals with disabilities. 

As an extension of that mission, the NCPEID developed the Adapted Physical Education National Standards (APENS) to establish and maintain a body of knowledge that adapted physical education teachers should know to deliver quality adapted physical education services; and the corresponding APENS exam to measure adapted physical educators’ understanding and application of that knowledge.

Physical education practitioners who become nationally Certified Adapted Physical Educators (CAPEs) through the APENS exam process are qualified persons that can make meaningful decisions for children with disabilities in physical education. Emerging evidence has linked the preparation required to become a CAPE with less perceived marginalization and greater perceived mattering among adapted physical educators with the national certification than without (Wilson et al., 2020). 

Additionally, professionals in higher education who become nationally Certified Adapted Physical Educators (CAPEs) through the APENS exam process have established themselves as educators prepared to train physical educators to serve students with disabilities. Collectively, these professionals elevate the discipline of adapted physical education and improve outcomes for students with disabilities.

Eligibility for CAPE Certification
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