ACE Cancer Exercise Specialist

Ethics Course as Required By ACE

Help cancer patients survive and thrive through fitness become an ACE Cancer Exercise Specialist

Working with cancer patients and survivors requires empathy, compassion, comprehensive knowledge of exercise oncology—and an entirely individualized approach. Each cancer patient’s experience is unique and personal, both physically and emotionally. Developing the ability to assess individual patients and create health and fitness programs that benefit their unique experience is imperative to successfully working with cancer patients and survivors. The Cancer Exercise Specialist Program will teach you the practical, hands-on skills needed to guide patients through treatment into recovery and long-term survivorship, with a specific focus on individualized programming. This is your opportunity to bridge the gap between medicine and fitness, playing a key part in the healthcare continuum.

What’s in the curriculum?

The Cancer Exercise Specialist program will prepare you with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively work with cancer patients and survivors, including:

  • An understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of cancer
  • How different treatments and surgeries impact physical mobility, posture and daily activities
  • The signs and symptoms of upper and lower extremity lymphedema and how to prevent and manage them
  • How to perform a full-body postural assessment and range of motion assessment
  • How to develop a comprehensive therapeutic exercise program to help correct muscle imbalance and range of motion limitations
  • How to develop sensible periodization principles based on the client’s age, fitness level, reaction to treatment and/or length of survivorship

How do I become a Cancer Exercise Specialist?

To become a Cancer Exercise Specialist, you must complete four modules, each of which requires reading a handbook, watching a video and passing a 25-question exam. Upon completion, you will be recognized as a Cancer Exercise Specialist by the Cancer Exercise Training Institute. This specialist program is valued at 2.0 continuing education hours.

Upon completion of the program, you will be added to the International Cancer Exercise Specialist Directory, making it easy for cancer patients and survivors to locate your services. You must contact CETI with contact information and credentials that you would like to see listed on the CES directory.

To maintain your Specialist designation, you will be required to requalify every two years. This ensures that all Cancer Exercise Specialists maintain a high level of proficiency within the ever-changing field of cancer treatments and procedures.

Continuing education for the CEU credits will only be accepted from the Cancer Exercise Training Institute. In lieu of CEUs, however, participants may choose to receive the latest version of the CES Handbook and re-test for their renewal.

Course Outline

Get an in-depth look at the most common surgical procedures for 25 of the most common cancer types, as well as pediatrics. Experience a video-based session, as well as a comprehensive manual, on the subject matter.

  • Cancer Staging
  • Genetics
  • The Immune System and Human Biome
  • Surgical Incisions
  • Acute and Chronic Side Effects
  • Contraindications

Gain a deeper insight into the most common surgical procedures for breast cancer, acute and chronic side-effects of cancer treatment, how to identify neurological complications, and how to prevent, identify, and manage upper and lower extremity lymphedema. Experience a video-based session, as well as a comprehensive manual, on the subject matter.

  • Risk Factors
  • Breast Surgery and Reconstruction
  • Cancer Treatment
  • Neurological Complications
  • Lymphedema

Learn how to conduct a postural assessment and understand the balance of agonists and antagonists in order to sequentially determine individualized programming based on range of motion limitations, correcting postural deviations, acute and chronic side-effects, and lymphedema prevention and management. Experience a video-based session, as well as a comprehensive manual, on the subject matter.

  • Posture, Pain and Muscle Imbalance
  • Conducting a Comprehensive Assessment
  • Correcting Muscle Imbalances and Exercise Programming
  • Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Exercise Intensity
  • Common Side Effects, Complications and Recommendations
  • How to Use a Goniometer/Correcting Range of Motion Limitations and Exercise Programming
  • Core and Balance Exercises
  • Manual Stretching Techniques

Gain critical knowledge about how a properly prescribed and executed exercise program can help cancer patients and survivors to combat fatigue, decrease depression and pain, and how diet can play a critical role in treatment as well as long-term survivorship. Experience an in-depth, video discussion between Andrea Leonard – President and Founder of the Cancer Exercise Training Institute and Dr. Tami De La Melena – Portland, Oregon breast surgeon, as well as a comprehensive manual, on the subject matter.

  • Benefits of Exercise
  • Cancer Related Pain
  • Mental and Physical Fatigue
  • Survivorship
  • Psychology of Fitness
  • Cancer Treatment and Weight management
  • Alcohol and Cancer Risk
  • Conquering Cancer with Nutrition
  • Taking Control of Your Emotions
  • Working with Medical Community
  • Forms

The final exam will assess your knowledge of working effectively with cancer patients and survivors.

The final exam consists of 125 multiple choice questions. You will need to receive a score of 75% or higher to pass. You can take the test as many times as needed.



  • Certified Personal Trainer

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ACE: 2.0

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