SHAPE America Enters New Agreement with CAEP to Serve as the SPA for PETE/HETE National Recognition

SHAPE America made the difficult decision in June 2019 to no longer serve as the SPA for CAEP accreditation of PETE and HETE programs. We acknowledged then that there was a possibility SHAPE America would revisit this decision at a future point in time. We have now reached that moment and have entered into a new agreement with CAEP. We deeply appreciate the changes CAEP has made to the review process and fee structure to make this possible and we are highly enthusiastic for the opportunity to reengage in this process.

When we resume our review process in Fall 2021, we will begin by reviewing new reports from EPPs that will be submitted by providers with upcoming CAEP accreditation visits. Programs that were reviewed using the PETE Standards between Spring 2018 and Spring 2019 will not need to submit revised reports from decisions made at that time.

For questions regarding SHAPE America’s role as a SPA and the PETE/HETE program review process, EPPs may contact Michelle Carter at

For questions on program review requirements as part of the CAEP accreditation process, EPPs may contact CAEP at

Requesting Shells

Institutions can request shells for programs by logging into the Accreditation Information Management System (AIMS). Instructions for requesting shells can be found here.

Letter to Our Higher Education Community

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