Using the APERS with Proficiency

Presented by:
Ann Cox, Ph.D.

Additional Trainers: 
Evelyn Shaw, M.Ed. and Susan H. Hedges, Ph.D.






Target audience:  State, regional, and district level technical assistance providers, teacher preparation program staff, trainers and coaches for educational programs serving students with autism, and others.

Date: Training on the APERS will not be available through the PDC@FPG until after July 1, 2016.  Please contact Ann Cox if you would like more information about training or would like to get on a waiting list.

Time: TBD

Location: Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, Sheryl-Mar North Building, Room 140. (map)

Cost: $1,500 per participant including snacks and lunch each day.

The Autism Program Environment Rating Scale (APERS) assesses the quality of programs for students on the autism spectrum in preschool, elementary, middle, and high school settings. The APERS provides schools and classroom teams information on the relative strengths and opportunities for growth and change of inclusive and self-contained programs. This objective information is used for program and professional development purposes to support the creation of high quality educational programs for students with autism spectrum disorder.

The APERS was developed by FPG's National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder (NPDC), which has used the APERS with over 70 educational programs across the United States. Participating states have expanded the use of the instrument to many more settings.

This three-day training certifies educational professionals to use the instrument and includes: an introduction to the instrument, practice administering and scoring the instrument in a school setting, interpreting the findings with support from a coach, and follow-up. Within two months of the certification training, participants will receive up to 2 hours of coaching from APERS trainers in using the instrument in their work setting to prepare for administration, score the instrument, and/or provide feedback to the school being assessed.

Certificate of Completion is available.

Registration is closed.  Please visit this page to check for future training dates.  

Cancellation policy: Participants who cancel their registration by November 28 will receive a refund of the registration fee minus a $95 administrative charge.  Participants who cancel on or after November 29 will receive a refund of 50% of the registration fee.  To cancel, please send an email to PDC

UNC reserves the right to cancel any training program that is undersold.  If an event is canceled, a full refund will be granted.  Participants traveling to North Carolina by air are urged to confirm that the training will be held prior to purchasing non-refundable airline tickets.