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Prerequisites for the Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer

ACSM or NCCA-accredited health/fitness certification

Adult CPR/AED certified (with hands-on practical skills component)

Bachelor's Degree (in any field) with 500 hours of experience training older adults or individuals with chronic conditions

10,000 hours of experience training older adults or individuals with chronic conditions

Make a Difference. Join the Leading Team.

Want to give others the guidance and strength to lead a healthy lifestyle? With an ACSM certification you will make an impact on the lives of others.

The American College of Sports Medicine in collaboration with the American Cancer Society (ACSM/ACS) have developed the Certified Cancer Exercise Trainers (CET) certification. A CET designs and administers fitness assessments and exercise programs specific to a client's cancer diagnosis, treatment and current recovery status. The CET will utilize a basic understanding of cancer diagnoses, surgeries, treatments, related symptoms and side-effects of the various therapies. 


Professional sports medicine certification began with us.

Founded in 1954, the American College of Sports Medicine was the first organization to certify health fitness professionals. As a leader in the industry, ACSM establishes the exercise guidelines that all other certifications use for training and certification, and therefore, we continues to set what we like to call "the Gold Standard."

As a non-profit institution, we are driven by our commitment to education and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. Our certs are the backbone of organization, and we want to provide you with the tools and support needed to make sure you have a successful career in health and fitness.

Study Options

Books and other materials:

ACSM offers a study book that will provide candidates with full-spectrum comprehension with an emphasis on practical application. Join

The following documents are also available:

CET Workshops and Webinars

ACSM is dedicated to providing materials for all learning styles. In addition to study books ACSM also offers CET workshops and webinars to accommodate candidates' individual lifestyles. Choose your own setting; set your own time commitment.

ACSM tests are scheduled through Pearson Vue, an organization that administers more than 5,000 computer-based testing centers throughout the world. Once you are ready to schedule your exam at one of several testing centers, follow the link below to visit the Pearson site to find you preferred date and location. New visitors will have to make an account with Pearson before scheduling. If you have any questions, you can contact us at: 800-486-5643. For questions directly related to your exam scheduling, please call Pearson at 888-883-2276.

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