Cancer Recovery Specialist

Cancer Recovery Specialist



This course teaches you the essentials for working with clients who require a specialized training program meeting their personal needs for safe and effective exercise. When you achieve your Cancer Recovery Specialist credential, you will be trained to work one-on-one with cancer patients, supplementing their medical treatment with hands-on fitness principles that will support their long-term recovery.

Est. Prep/Completion Time = 12 hours

NFPT CEC Award = 2.0


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In this course you will learn through book work and video produced by Carol Michaels, Founder of Recovery Fitness, who is a nationally recognized cancer exercise specialist and consultant and has been a fitness training professional for more than 20 years. Carol has multiple certifications, degrees and fitness industry accolades and she is incredibly dedicated to this work, so much so that she will consult personally and directly with any cancer course participant who has questions regarding the Cancer Recovery Specialist course, education materials or videos, or even questions about a cancer recovery client. NFPT and Recovery Fitness recognize the need for exercise programming for cancer patients and survivors of all types in order that they may further their personal health and wellness, but also to improve mental well-being and restore 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.

What You Get with this eCourse

Test & Practice Test
Strength Training Video (45:24)
Stretching & Relaxation Video (37:32)
Course Manual (PDF Download)
Education Support (w/course author)
Certificate of Completion

2.0 CECs


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.

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 the tools to be equipped to do just that! Learn 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

Course/Test access for 3 Years

Receive your Cert of Completion automatically upon passing


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Safe and Effective Exercise

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


After your purchase of this course, NFPT will verify your registration information and then send you an email confirmation and instructions for accessing all course material, videos and the test through your personal NFPT online account (this can take up to 24 business hours. However, your receipt of purchase will be sent immediately). When you pass the test, you are instantly awarded your certificate of completion for printing and display. If you are an NFPT Certified Personal Trainer, your continuing education credits (CECs) automatically post to your account.

This is an advanced Continuing Education Course. Obtaining this title does not require its own CECs/CEUs for maintenance, an no renewal membership fee is required. 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.

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. To learn more about Carol, go to

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!


MFN_720x210By getting your NFPT Cancer Recovery Specialist credential, you can be part of the Medical Fitness Network and work with Cancer Recovery Clients in your area! Learn more, click here!