Becoming a cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialist requires that you first complete training as an exercise physiologist, a registered nurse, a respiratory therapist or a physical therapist. There is currently no specific certification for cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialists.
Facilities that provide cardiopulmonary rehabilitation services can be certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).
Those desiring to gain experience in this field should seek employment in an AACVPR certified program. Scholarships and internships are available through AACVPR for students interested in a career in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.