See why you should become a Certified Maple Tree Exercise Oncology Instructor (MTEOI).
Do you have a current NCCA-accredited fitness professional certification? Do you have college degree in a health-related field? Are you in your final semester of course work for a health-related college degree? If you meet one or more of these requirements, you are eligible to pursue certification as a Maple Tree Exercise Oncology Instructor (MTEOI).
WHAT IS CERTIFICATION
The Exercise Oncology Instructor (EOI) certification through Maple Tree Cancer Alliance (MTCA) will prepare and qualify an exercise professional to plan and implement safe and effective programs for individuals battling cancer. A certified EOI has the ability to develop and administer whole body exercises designed to enhance cardiorespiratory fitness, body composition, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility for cancer survivors. In addition, the EOI will encourage exercise adherence to help improve health-related physical fitness and manage disease.
WHY BECOME CERTIFIED?
Cancer is a unique chronic disease that requires a specialized level of training for a health and fitness professional. MTCA’s EOI certification will equip and empower you to develop safe and effective exercise programs based on current evidence-based standards for cancer survivors. EOI’s have a thorough understanding of cancer-related subject matter, including diagnosis and staging, etiology, treatment, toxicities, and remission. MTCA EOI’s are able to adapt exercise programming to maintain a safe, yet effective environment for the cancer patient. This has the potential to improve health-related quality of life and treatment outcome.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
EOI candidates must meet at least one of the following requirements to be eligible for the exam:
- A current NCCA-accredited fitness professional certification, or
- A college degree in a health-related field (or in their final semester of course work).
- You may register for the exam by filling out the form below and submitting payment online. You may also submit payment through the mail. MTCA accepts money orders, checks, PayPal, and credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express).
- After registering for an exam with MTCA, you will be sent an exam confirmation notice via email containing the link to your online certification exam.
- MTCA’s Exercise Oncology Instructor Study Manual ($29.99 eBook/$45.00 Hard Cover)
- MTCA’s Exercise Oncology Instructor Training Videos ($29.99)
- Required passing score: 80
- Number of questions: 100
- Time allowed: 2 hour maximum
To reapply to take the exam, contact MTCA directly at 937-477-8213. After your request has been processed, you will receive a new certification exam link via email. No refunds are given for retake exam applications.
You are eligible for the retake exam fee for a period of six (6) months after you have taken your first exam. After this six (6) month period, you must submit the first-time candidate fee.
EOI EXAM SPECIFICS
Objectives of EOI Examination
The MTCA Certified Exercise Oncology Instructor exam is designed to test potential candidate’s knowledge and comprehension in the areas of exercise oncology. It is intended to measure competency areas that are specific to the field of cancer exercise such as exercise physiology, fitness assessment, prescription and programming, and clinical and medical considerations. The corresponding level of practice being measured is a specialty certification in exercise as it relates to cancer patients.
The EOI exam is administered to candidates who wish to become certified in the specialty of exercise oncology. The exam length is approximately 2 hours with 100 scored questions and 24 unscored questions, all multiple choice. Every 3 years, the Exam Committee will meet to administer new questions and assure that current questions are up to par with the newest knowledge in the respective field.
The standardization of this test will ensure validity and reliability among tests and test takers. Formatting in this way creates consistency across candidates to avoid diminishing validity and reliability.
Score and Weight
STANDARDIZED SCORE SCALE
- Candidates’ performance on the entire examination determines the pass-fail decision. Overall performance is reported on a standardized score scale ranging from 200-800 in increments of 1 point. The mean standardized score for first-time takers of this examination is 500 with a standard deviation of 100. For example, a score of 600 is one standard deviation above the mean of first time takers. Candidates with equal ability will achieve the same standardized score.
- A standard setting was found for the score scale using the Modified Angoff Method. A committee of SMEs rated each question on the exam to independently estimate what proportion of “just sufficiently qualified” test takers will answer the questions correctly. Each question is discussed and averaged within the group, determining the average or standard setting.
WEIGHT OF CONTENT AREAS
- Finally, each content area is weighted proportionally, based on their distributed on the total exam. In other words, some content areas are more important (thus, have more questions) and count more with respect to the overall score than other content areas. On the score report, candidates will receive their overall score, their pass/fail status, as well as a breakdown by each specific content area.