The Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) is another program offered by The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) designed to provide certification of the academic, vocational and technical achievement of students in the Caribbean who, having completed a minimum of five years of secondary education, wish to further their studies. The examinations address the skills and knowledge acquired by students under a flexible and articulated system where subjects are organized in one-Unit or two-Unit courses with each Unit containing three Modules. Subjects examined under CAPE may be studied concurrently or singly.

The Caribbean Examinations Council offers three types of certification. The first is the award of a certificate showing each CAPE Unit completed. The second is the CAPE diploma, awarded to candidates who have satisfactorily completed at least six Units, including Caribbean Studies. The third is the CAPE Associate Degree, awarded for the satisfactory completion of a prescribed cluster of seven CAPE Units including Caribbean Studies and Communication Studies. For the CAPE diploma and the CAPE Associate’s Degree, candidates must complete the cluster of required Units within a maximum period of five years.

The CXC Associate’s Degree helps students fine-tune their knowledge, skills, and attitude required for the work place or for continuing tertiary education. Associates’ Degrees are available in various streams including Arts & Humanities, Business & Human Development Studies, Mathematics & Science, and Technical Studies & Creative Arts.

CXC’s CSEC and CAPE examinations are internationally recognized including by: United Kingdom National Academic Recognition Information Centre (UK NARIC), NUFIC in the Netherlands, the University of the West Indies (UWI), University of Guyana, and The Association of Indian Universities (AIU)