Cancer Recovery Specialist



Achieve the education and credential to start training cancer recovery patients. A Cancer Recovery Specialist is a fitness professional who supports long-term recovery by supplementing medical treatment with hands-on fitness principles.

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Est. Prep/Completion Time = 12 hours

NFPT CEC Award = 2.0



As a Certified Personal Trainer with this distinction, you can design exercise programs for cancer patients and survivors in order that they can further their health, fitness, mental well-being and regain confidence. Together, we can make a difference through our dedication to the cause of awareness and overall better daily living. A health and fitness plan, at any level, can bring people to a better place in their recovery. Join us to improve lives.



Course eBook
Online Test & Practice Test
Strength Training Video (45 min:24 sec)
Stretching & Relaxation Video (37 min:32 sec)
Education Support (w/course author)
Advanced Specialty Certificate
2.0 CECs

*hardcopy of the course book is available for purchase during checkout


If you are a certified personal fitness trainer or allied health professional, then you’re half way there. If you have compassion for those affected by cancer and wish to support their safe recovery into surviving cancer with more than just survival but with a new found spirit for life, then you’re ready for this course.

This is an Advanced Specialty Certificate course that, upon successful completion, qualifies you to safely and effectively train cancer recovery clients. Some cancer survivors are under the impression that they should remain inactive because it helps with fatigue and speeds recovery – wrong! Exercise during and after cancer surgery and treatments is extremely helpful for one’s physical and mental well-being. Statistically and unfortunately, cancer rates are on the rise at alarming rates. Trainers are often faced with how to effectively help a cancer survivor to maintain their quality of life without putting them at risk for injury. This course will provide you with the tools to improve the quality of a cancer survivor’s life through the right kind of exercise, strengthening and stretching.


Online, multiple choice test

65 questions, limit = 1 hour

70% pass score

Instant test results

1 Free Online Re-test

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  • Safe and Effective Exercise for Cancer Patients
  • Mindful Stretching & Strength Training
  • Upper Body Stretching and ROM Exercises
  • Total Body Stretching – Standing and Floor
  • Posture, Balance & Core Strengthening
  • Understanding Osteoporosis & Lymphedema
  • Fitness after Breast, Gynecological & Prostate Cancer



  1. Add to Cart to make your purchase for course enrollment
  2. Check your email for course instruction and access to education prep material
  3. Take the test whenever you’re ready, in your NFPT Account. You will be awarded your certificate of completion and CECs immediately upon passing.

This is an Advanced Specialty Certificate. Obtaining this does NOT require CECs/CEUs for maintenance. However, as NFPT delivers updates, new educational information and/or findings through future research and scientific study, you will be notified and expected to review and confirm your understanding of any new research findings which are specific to the safe and effective training of your cancer recovery clients.

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When you achieve your NFPT Cancer Recovery Specialist certificate, you can be part of the MedFit Network with a discounted membership.

Medical Fitness Network

Meet the Author

carol_michaels_pic2Carol Michaels is a nationally recognized cancer exercise specialist and consultant and has been a fitness professional for more than 20 years. She received her degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is certified by the American Council on Exercise, and the American College of Sports Medicine and is a professional member, contributor and colleague of NFPT. She is a speaker for corporate wellness programs, and is published in numerous magazines, newsletters, blogs and medical journals.

Carol has appeared on a number of health related radio and television programs and in 2016 she won the highly esteemed title of IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year. Personal Fitness Professional honored her as the 2012 PFP Trainer of the Year. NFPT collaborated with Carol in 2014 to bring this much needed course for training cancer survivors to market. Carol is an inspiration and highly dedicated to her work…so much so that she is willing to consult personally with anyone who has questions or wants to discuss the details of this Cancer Recovery Specialist course.

Cheryl Faine, NFPT-CPT says…”I am so happy that I took the NFPT Cancer recovery course! The course gave me the information that I needed to work with cancer survivors. This credential ¬†enabled me to work at Holy Name Medical Center. The satisfaction that I receive from working with this population is off the charts. The financial benefits are great too! I highly recommend that personal trainers take this course!

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