Exam Process

The goal of the WaterART Certification programs is to provide the highest standard of theoretical, practical and leadership skills to become an excellent Instructor, Trainer, Specialist or Fitness Consultant. Certification Programs are divided into 2 categories: Comprehensive and Specialty Certifications.

For Comprehensive Certification

All candidates must complete both theory exam and practical assessment to become fully certified. Our programs exceed the standard of care and will provide the professional with the skills and competencies to deliver successful and safe programs.

For Specialty Certification

Candidates only complete theory exam if currently certified and qualified by WaterART Fitness. New or expired candidates complete both theory exam and practical assessment to become fully certified.  This process is specific to either land or water qualifications.

  • Candidates currently H2O certified will need to complete both theory and practical examinations in order to obtain a Land certifications.
  • Candidates currently Land certified will need to complete both theory and practical examinations in order to obtain H2O certirfications.

Common Questions

WaterART Certification programs are divided into 2 categories:

  1. Comprehensive Certification Requirements:

Completion of both a theory exam and a practical exam assessment, within 6 months from purchase date or onsite training. 

If already Certified with another level of WaterART Certification, candidate will receive 16.0 CEC’s and an automatic Certification renewal of all qualifications for two (2) years (with no renewal or penalty fee unless late with renewal submission). We do not accept exams after 1 year.

  1. Specialty Certification Requirements:

All candidates who are WaterART Certified and his/her qualifications are current, need only to complete the theory component of the examination process (no practical exam required). Upon completion of the Certification Process, you receive 16.0 CEC’s and an automatic renewal of all qualifications for two (2) years with no renewal fee. If submitting exams beyond the allowable time, late fees apply. We do not accept exams after 1 year of training and/or purchase.    

Any candidate NEW to WaterART Fitness completing either a Land or Water Certification for the first time will be required to complete  both theory and practical assessment to become fully Certified. Instructors with a Certification for water only and who wish to become Land Certified will be required to do a land practical. The same applies to Land only Certified instructors if they wish to become Water Certified. If you have applied or trained for a new Certification, but did not complete this before your current WaterART Certification expiry date, you will be required to pay a LATE renewal fee and complete a new practical assessment.

The advantage of completing another level of Certification, within the allowable time frame AND before your expiration date means the renewal fee will be waived, unless of course you do not complete the Certification Process within the allowable time period, then late fees apply.  Upon successful completion of additional WaterART courses, you receive an electronic Certification Diploma(s) and online profile for the new certification, as well as two (2) year renewal of all other WaterART Certification(s). The passing date of the latest certification will become your new Certification renewal date.

No. Sharing of exams and materials is strictly prohibited for both liability and copyright reasons.

Option 1 - Online Exam:

Candidates must request a link by email or phone from our office when they are ready to take the theory exam.

  • The online consists of questions and a lesson plan upload.
    (Please allow 2 hours of uninterrupted time to complete and submit your online exam.)
  • Prior to requesting link we recommend that candidates prepare a 45-60 minute lesson plan to be uploaded (PDF or word docx, doc file).
  • Candidates will have one time to submit as part of the registration fees. Other attempts will be charged $35.00 + applicable taxes and invoices will be entered in as a redo fee. (Please order in the service fee section.)
  • Each exam will be a randomized block of questions, unique for each candidate. 

Option 2 - Open Book Exam:

Should a candidate not have internet or prefer a paper exam they may independently request our open book exam

Practical Assessment Process 

Option 1)Practical Assessment with a Certified Master Trainer - via Skype or Face Time. Contact us and we will have you connect directly with Master Trainer. You may review any practical questions you may have with Master Trainer (prior to starting or if you need some help. Remember you are pretending to teach a full group but there is not any group - you simply ghost teach. You may utilized notes; however,  you should have reviewed your plan and notes that you may clearly demonstrate the moves and techniques. Please be sure that they can see your full body and hear your directions. Check your manual for marking scheme and suggestions on presentation.

The candidate must prepare a 30 minute program. It is the candidate’s responsibility to arrange the assessment with the Master Trainer.  (see manual for breakdown)
 We suggest that you may teach using a chair to support your self  (if you have to show either balance moves or suspended movements). If you are using equipment - try to let the marker know what you are using if you do not have that equipment handy (maybe a hose or cord instead of a noodle). Be sure to demonstrate and teach the program for different skill and intensity levels.

Option 2
) Online Video Submission

Please request a link to upload a lesson plan and video file(s) (in MOV or MP 4 format) through your Gmail account (Goggle docs) or you may share your video with us via iCloud link sent directly to info@waterart.org. With Google docs, candidates may utilize several file uploads; however, you will need to label each file in a proper order so that the assessor may easily follow your presentation. With this option, please film your practical video at the lowest or smallest quality file size (most compact file). We recommend taping in class segments (such as warm up, CV set, Muscular set etc.)  You may upload up to 5 sections of video at 1 GB each per link and if you have more files, use the same link twice (gives you 10 file options) or third time would give you 15 file uploaded.  Just be sure that you keep the video files in order and each time simply upload the same lesson plan (otherwise the program will not close and send to the assessor). A video file larger than 1GB will not be accepted. You may NOT upload a .zip file (compressed file).

Apple devices are secure so we will accept an iCloud link direct to info@waterart.org.Lesson plans may be emailed separately. You may use the same lesson plan as the Theory Exam lesson plan upload.

The goal of the video upload is to film yourself (the instructor) so that we may both hear and see you.   We recommend keeping your filming very simple, with just yourself in the video.  Be sure to show the entire body and your full demonstration. Refer to marking scheme for how you are marked. Please review your video prior to submission to the marker.  Remember, teaching is moving as an instructor, not just reading off a paper. You may utilize the lesson plan but should only briefly review when necessary. A good program will be a flowing variety of exercises that everyone may easily understand and follow.  Please note we do not accept DropBox files, or other video streaming downloads due to virus, copyright and liability issues.

Candidates do have the choice of which part of the exam to compelte first; however, both parts must be completed to become fully qualified.

We recommend that  candidates at least review the materials prior to the testing session. 

We recommend that all candidates have:

  1. Reviewed the written materials
  2. Reviewed video's,
  3. Reviewed study guide questions and answers
  4. Practice their presentation at least 5-10 times.
  5. Review the marking sheet
  6. Ask questions via email if confused or need assistance.

All candidates must score a grade of 75% on all exams to become certified & qualified.

There is a detailed marking system and exam study guide questions and answer in the manual. Please review this prior to submission. 

All re-write of theory exams or re-takes of practical assessments are $35.00/ exam per attempt. Unlimited attempts available.

All exams must be completed within 6 months of the training date or home study purchase.

  • Late exams will be subject to a $35.00 late fee per exam.
  • Exams will NOT be accepted after 12 month from the training date.
  • To fast track the examination process, we recommend that you order and review your course materials prior to the course.

Once both parts of the certification are completed report cards are written and we email the report card to you.

If successful - you will receive an official WaterART Certified E-Diploma, Online profile or account that you may log into to show your employer or check your qualifications and expiration's.

If a candidate has multiple certifications, all certifications will have the same common renewal date (which is two years from the passing date of the most recent exam). When successfully completing another level of Certification before the candidates expiration date, there will be no fee will be required and candidates will automatically be issued an electronic Certification Diplomas from the passing date of the newest qualification.

All candidates will need to maintain their own Emergency Safety Qualifications (current Life-guard Qualification or a valid CPR/FIRST AID/AED). Certification Diplomas are NOT Valid without Emergency Safety Qualifications.

Note: Certified Instructors or Trainers are eligible for Liability Insurance coverage through OFC in Canada or Sport & Fitness USA.

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Practical Assessment Questions

Option 1: Online Video Upload:

  • Request a link when you are ready to upload a lesson plan and your video file(s) (in MOV or MP4 files).
  • Video uploads will only be accepted through our Google Drive forms.
Option 2: Practical Onsite Assessment with a Certified Master Trainer:
  • Involves the candidates preparing a 30 minute program.
  • Organize a mutually beneficial time to show your practical assessment. Often there is a group.
  • Each candidate will be teaching other instructors who are attending the assessment date or (if alone) teaching the Master Trainer.

All candidates are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Understanding of the exercise objective.
  2. If presentation is easy to see, hear and follow. Did the Instructor monitor intensity and regulate intensity?
  3. Was the program safe and effective?
  4. Was program enjoyable?
  5. Were there modifications and progressions given to provide self paced exercise?

Tips: Be sure to review your video and see marking templates in manual.

 

The goal is to mark the instructor, so we need to be able to see, hear and understand your exercise goals and coaching tips.

  • We suggest you proof your video submission prior to upload so that you may see if you can follow the program.
  • Remember, teaching is moving as an instructor, not just reading off a paper.
  • You may utilize the lesson plan but should only briefly refer to it when necessary.
  • A good program will be a flow with a variety of exercises that everyone may easily understand and follow. 

We accept MOV/MP4 format video files. Ideally request a private link to upload your files. We do not accept other platforms for you to send videos to us.

Please film your practical video at the lowest or smallest quality file size (most compact file).

  • You may upload up to 5 sections of video at 1 GB each.
  • Label your files when uploaded.

Not Accepted File Types:

  1. A video file larger than 1 GB
  2. A compressed file, .zip file 

Video uploads will only be accepted through our Google Drive forms.

If you cannot upload successfully - you may choose to snail mail your submission via USB stick.

The goal of the video upload is to film yourself (the instructor) so that we may both hear and see you.

 

You may film the program in your home (as if you are on deck) or teach from a pool, or a combination of the two.

  • We recommend you keep your filming very simple, with just yourself in the video, pretending to be teaching a group exercise program.

Onsite practical assessment should includes:

  • Answering a couple of oral safety questions prior to teaching your program
  • Teaching a 5-10 minute warm up (specific to the topic and safety)
  • Teaching a 3-5 minute Cardiovascular Set Teaching
  • Teaching two 3-5 minute Strength sets (be sure to perform enough sets & reps with or without equipment or you may utilize a functional fitness set/segment). Please note if the candidate decides to utilize equipment, use of equipment must meet safety and efficacy guidelines.
  • 5-10 minute Cool Down/Warm Down which includes Stretching, relaxation and positive affirmations or closure to the program.

You may upload up to 5 sections of video at 1GB each. You may utilize the same link several times should you have extra files.

Please label each file in a proper order so that the assessor may easily follow your presentation. Each upload will require a lesson plan so if you are utilized the same link several times, then add the same lesson plan each time you upload more video files.

You can find the next onsite assessment in our Event Calendar. If you are having trouble finding your location, please Email Us