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CPTN Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist (CPTN-CCES)

Requirements to be completed within 6 months of passing Online Exam

Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist candidates must:


The Cancer Exercise Specialist (CES) Advanced Qualification was developed for health and fitness professionals seeking to attain a higher level of mastery and work with cancer patients during and after cancer surgery and treatment and into survivorship. Participants will gain a complete understanding of the entire cancer process from diagnosis and treatment to reconstruction and survivorship. This unique and individualized programming will help to improve the patient’s ability to cope with the mental and physical stress following cancer diagnosis and treatment.

This comprehensive programming covers 25 types of cancer, as well as pediatrics, with special emphasis on breast cancer and breast reconstruction. There are two methods for obtaining certification: take-home and live in-person workshops. The Cancer Exercise Training Institute has trained more health and fitness professionals worldwide to become Cancer Exercise Specialists than any other organization. Andrea Leonard, cancer survivor, author of Essential Exercises for Breast Cancer Survivors, NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist, and President/Founder of the Cancer Exercise Training Institute (CETI) began her extensive research since 1995 before the term “Cancer Exercise” became wide-spread.

To become a Cancer Exercise Specialist™, you must complete four modules. Each of the modules requires reading a handbook, watching the associated video, and passing a 25-question exam with a score of 75% or higher. Upon completion, you will be recognized as a Cancer Exercise Specialist® by the Cancer Exercise Training Institute.

In order to help you grow your business and make it easy for cancer patients and survivors to find you, upon completion of the exams you will be added to the International Cancer Exercise Specialist™ Directory for the length that your specialist designation remains current. Additionally, you will receive a one-year membership to the Medical Fitness Network that includes a listing on their directory as well.

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.


  • You will earn the distinction CPTN-CCES.


  • Exam: 90 Minutes (3 Hours) – 100 multiple-choice questions.
  • Passing Grade: Theory Exam – 75%