The BlazeSports America Certified Adaptive Recreation and Sports Specialist™ certification was developed with the expertise and input of professionals in the adaptive sports and recreation field. CARSS™ now offers two levels of certification training on the most relevant, practical information for developing and implementing adaptive sports & recreation programs for people of all ages with various physical disabilities.

CARSS™ Certification Core Areas


·     History of Adaptive Sports

·     Disability Awareness

·     Adaptive Physical Activity & Recreation 

·     Program Planning, Implementation & Evaluation 

·     Marketing & Communication

·     Partnership Building

·     Risk Management & Injury Prevention 

·     Accessible Facilities

·     Adaptive Equipment


Certification includes access to online curriculum, additional resources, and the certification exam. 

Eligibility and Pricing:

Everyone 18 and older is welcome to register for CARSS I ($125). To participate in CARSS II ($150)*, the following is required:

·     A Bachelor’s degree in a physical activity-related field from an accredited college or university

·     100 hours of direct and verifiable adaptive sports experience (paid or voluntary) with individuals with physical disabilities. OR-

·     1000 hours of direct service in adaptive sports/recreation.

*Current CARSS I holders pay a reduced rate for CARSS II.

About BlazeSports America:

BlazeSports America is a non-profit organization headquartered in Atlanta, GA.  As the legacy of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games, our mission is to change the lives of individuals with physical disabilities through adaptive sport and recreation.  Building the capacity of adaptive sport, recreation and physical activity practitioners through the BlazeSports Institute for Adaptive Sports and Recreation  is a strategic priority in achieving our mission.  The Certified Adaptive Recreation and Sports SpecialistTM, - the only certification of its kind, is one of the offerings of the BlazeSports Institute.  Visit our training and education website to learn more about the BlazeSports Institute offerings and to access our tools and resources at  

Ready to Signup?:
To begin your CARSSTM  Certification, please select the appropriate course link below. The link will take you to a page to set up an account, upload your supporting pre-qualification documentation and process payment. Once registered, you will receive access to the full course and exam.

If you are renewing your CARSS certification, click on the CARSS Renewal button for more information.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Karolyne Bell at