Role of an APE Assistant

Adapted Physical Education (APE) is a diverse exercise program offered for college students with a verified physical disability. The APE program depends on trained assistants and volunteers to work with the students in carrying out their individualized exercise program. It is an opportunity for hands-on experience and great to put on your resume/transcript. 

General Guidelines


  • Work up to 19 hours per week (paid assistants)
  • Work flexible hours on-campus according to schedule/availability
  • Earn valuable work experience
  • Apply skills acquired from class work


  • Treat all students with respect
  • While working with students, keep social interaction with other assistants to a minimum
  • Keep the main focus on the student they're working with
  • Eat lunch/snacks between classes and not in front of students
  • Arrive to class on time
  • Ask questions if unsure of an exercise or situation
  • Seek direction and assistance before attempting a movement that may potentially cause injury to self or the student
  • Use proper technique at all times, wear comfortable and appropriate clothing
  • Maintain a positive attitude


  • Assisting students with disabilities with their exercise program
  • Setting-up, taking-down exercise equipment and ensuring that equipment not in proper working order is reported
  • Properly putting away all exercise equipment before leaving the classroom
  • Notifying the instructor or staff of any problems that may arise while working with students
  • Notifying the instructor or staff of any changes in a student's condition while working in the classroom
  • Not changing or modifying a student's exercise program without prior approval of the instructor
  • Notifying the Adapted Physical Education Specialist when they have to leave class early, arrive late, or be absent
  • Obtaining any training materials made available by the APE program
  • Being productive and using their time wisely when their regular student is absent or finishes early
  • Not rendering assistance in a manner that may injure themselves or the student they are working with - always consult the APE instructor or staff

Volunteer of Record

The Volunteer of Record form requires information about the volunteer and the duties to be provided as well as information regarding the supervisor and the name of the dean or department head. The signature of the dean or department head is required at the bottom of the form, which is sent to Risk Management once completed.

 Download VOR Form

Important Information

Please visit Risk Management for Volunteer of Record directions


The final step for the prospective volunteer is to go to the Police Department at either Foothill or De Anza College and be fingerprinted. The completed Volunteer of Record form must accompany the individual’s request to be finger printed. 

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