“As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the mind, soul, heart, and body of our patients, their families, and ourselves. They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou


Nurses go to work every day with the opportunity to make a difference in their patients' lives. They’re proud of that responsibility and are always looking to find ways to help their patients feel better. They are responsible for safely administering medications, fluids and cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, collaborating with the patient's doctors and other clinicians about the treatment plan, helping patients understand the disease and their treatment plan, and helping translate complex medical terminology and answering questions. They have the unique opportunity to be the first "touch point" for the cancer patient. They can communicate a sense of safety to the patient and guide them through their cancer journey.

Imagine a world in which every cancer patient receives guidance on safe and effective movement and exercise recommendations, as well as contraindications, from the nurse that has been their safety net throughout their treatment process.

Unfortunately not all nurses can afford to get the training they need in order to be able to offer this much-needed service that can minimize treatment side-effects, improve treatment tolerance, improve functional abilities and ambulation, prevent cancer co-morbidities, minimize pain, increase energy, speed the recovery process, and increase life expectancy.

You can sponsor a nurse to become a Cancer Exercise Specialist® and help them to bridge the tremendous gap in the cancer continuum. Your donation will provide them with the following:

The Cancer Exercise Training Institute prides itself on providing you with the most current oncology exercise training in the world. Newly updated for the 2021 13th Edition of the Cancer Exercise Specialist® Advanced Qualification:

  • 4 full color handbook modules with updated charts and new photographs
  • 2020 updates on treatment, surgical procedures, and global statistics
  • CES mentorship program
  • 5 Stages of grief
  • What to say to a friend or loved one
  • Being a Caregiver
  • Important things to consider – exercise programming
  • Mindful breathing
  • Nervous system side-effects
  • 21 cancer surgery videos
  • Breath as medicine video
  • 7 assessment videos
    • Postural assessment
    • Goniometric measurements
    • 30-sec. sit-to-stand
    • Squat test
      • Piriformis assessment & training
      • Knee to wall test
      • Shoulder complex flexion restriction

The Cancer Exercise Specialist® 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. Our 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.

Our comprehensive programming covers 26 types of cancer, as well as pediatrics, with special emphasis on breast cancer and breast reconstruction. We provide two methods for obtaining your Advanced Qualification: home study and live in-person or virtual 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, 37-year cancer survivor, PFP 2019 Personal Trainer of the Year, author of “Essential Exercises for Breast Cancer Survivors,” NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and President/Founder of the Cancer Exercise Training Institute began her extensive research in 1995; long before anyone had ever heard of “cancer exercise.” She spent three years working on Essential Exercises with the chiefs of breast surgery at Georgetown, George Washington, and Johns’ Hopkins University Hospital Medical Centers. Realizing there was a need to assist patients with many types of cancer, Andrea expanded her research and writing to cover a broader spectrum. She is truly a pioneer in the field of cancer and exercise and has paved the way for other organizations to follow.

We offer the following Continuing Education Credits:

ACE - 2.0

AFAA - 15

Canfitpro - 4

CIMSPA - 10 CPD

ISSA - 22

NASM - 1.9

NSCA - 20

Yoga Alliance - 22 non-contact

* If you are on a payment plan, you will receive access to the final examination upon completion of your final payment. If you would like to pay-off your account early, please email [email protected]


Course Curriculum


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
You have 180 days from date of purchase to complete the course.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Refund/Cancellation Policy
1. Once you are registered for a live workshop or webinar, there will be NO REFUNDS. 2. If a workshop is cancelled due to low attendance, an attempt will be made to reschedule it for another date. You may participate in the home-study program which will allow you to obtain your CES Advanced Qualification and CEU's over the course of 180 days. Following notification of workshop cancellation, you have 14 days to request a refund. After 14 days there will be no refunds. 3. The Cancer Exercise Training Institute (CETI) has the right to cancel a workshop with a two-week notice due to low registration. CETI is not responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses incurred. 4. If you are unable to attend a workshop for any reason, you may convert your registration to a home-study which will allow you 180 days to complete. 5. Once you have attended a live workshop, there will be NO REFUNDS given. 6. We want you to be happy with the course! However, if the timing doesn't work, or you are not satisfied with your purchase, you have 14 days to request a refund if you have not moved beyond Module 1. After 14 days, or once you move beyond Module 1, there will be no refunds.

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