Exam Process

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic -we are not allowing our Master Trainers to do onsite practical assessments; however, if you would like to Facetime or Skype your Master Trainer or need help –we are here to help you. 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. 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.

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 either theory OR practical assessment when currently certified and qualified by WaterART Fitness. New or expired candidates must 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 virtual/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) as of the passing date of the newest exam. We do not accept exams after 1 year -candidates will be required to redo the program.

  1. Specialty Certification Requirements:

All candidates who are WaterART Certified and his/her qualifications are current, need only to complete either the theory OR practical component of the examination process (candidate chooses). Upon completion of the Certification Process, you receive 16.0 CEC’s and an automatic renewal of all qualifications for two (2) years for all of your qualifications and you do not pay any renewal fee (s) -so this is great value. 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 or expired qualification   will be required to complete both parts of an exam. If this is your first certification with WaterART (land or water) you will be required to complete both parts of the exam process. In other words if you are WaterART water certified and take a land program, you will be required to  complete  both parts of the exam (theory and practical assessment) to become fully Certified. Instructors with a Certification for Land Certification and who wish to become H2O  Certified will be required to complete both parts of the exam process.  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 emailing us to receive the online exam link. Links don't expire and you may simply use this when ready. Online exam consists of multiple choice questions and loading your lesson plan (relevant to the topic). 

  • With multiple choice there is only one correct answer so choose the best answer.
  • All exam candidates must upload a lesson plan of their exams via PDF, .doc, .doxs file
  • Please allow 2 hours of uninterrupted time to complete the exam; however, when you close the browser the exam is submitted
  • Prior to requesting link we recommend that candidates prepare a 30-60 minute lesson plan (time depends on how long you will be teaching your class)
  • Candidates will have one time to submit as part of the registration fees.
  • Additional 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 under the Shop bar)
  • Each exam will be a randomized block of questions, unique for each candidate. 

Option 2 - Open Ended Question  Exam:

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

The candidate may work through the questions and email us the answers and lesson plan when completed.

Both types of exams are open booked - however, very practical exams. We do not want you to regurgitate the exam word for word; however we do want you to be able to understand and teach movement safely, effectively and enjoyably.

We want to test your knowledge so that you may help others learn exercise.

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. Candidates may review any practical questions that you may have with a Master Trainer (prior to starting the exam) or if you need some help. Remember the goal of a practical is for assessors to be able to follow your instructions (visually and verbally). Candidates do not need a live class/clients to teach. They are simply pretending to teach a full program (ghost teach).
Candidates should have simple notes to remember and cue their programs.  A great way to see yourself is to video your routine and see how you look and if someone may hear and follow you.  Please 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 directly 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 video file(s) (in MOV or MP 4 format) and a lesson plan that itemizes the goals of the program. Also, candidates may upload their video via their personal Gmail account (Goggle docs) and share a link with us  Candidates may upload  several file (s); however, video files should be labelled in order to avoid confusion. Lesson plans should be emailed a head of time to the marking Master Trainer/Asssessor. With this option, please film your practical video at the lowest or smallest quality file size (most compact file).

We recommend taping in  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).

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 complete first; however, both parts must be completed to become fully qualified if taking Comprehensive exam.

How to Prepare for the exam process:

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