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Certification 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:

1) Comprehensive Certification: All candidates must complete both a theory exam and a practical assessment to become fully Certified.

2) Specialty Certification: Candidates currently WaterART Certified need only complete the theory exam. All NEW or candidate with expired certificatiions are required to complete both the theory exam and practical assessment to become Certified. 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 certifications.

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.

How to Complete the Theory Exam Process:

Option 1: Candidates must request a link from our office when they are ready to take the theory exam. (Please email us). 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.  Each exam will be a randomized block of questions, unique for each candidate.
Option 2: Should a candidate not have internet or prefer a paper exam they may independently request our open book exam. 

How to Complete the Practical Assessment:
Option 1: 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.

Onsite practical assessment should includes:  
a) answering a couple of oral safety questions prior to teaching your program
b) Teaching  a 5-10 minute warm up (specific to the topic and safety)
c) Teaching a 3-5 minute Cardiovascular Set Teaching
d) 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.
e) a 5-10 minute Cool Down/Warm Down which includes Stretching, relaxation and positive affirmations or closure to the program.  


Option 2: 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). The practical video may be done via several file uploads; however, you will need to label each file in a proper order so that the assessor may easily follow your presentation. 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 1GB each.  A video file larger than1 GB will not be accepted. You may NOT upload a .zip file (compressed file). Practical exams (video upload) will be assessed AFTER theory exams are successful. The exception is when the candidate has prepared for an onsite practical assessment (reviewed the materials - video's, manual and study guide materials) with the Master Trainer, at the Master Trainer’s discretion. All other candidates must submit the theory exam FIRST, and, when successful, complete the practical assessment. Candidates may submit practical exams via video file on a USB stick at the same time as the written submission. Lesson plans (pdf or .docx files) are required in the video submission exam form.


Different Master Trainers may mark each part of the exam. 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. The goal is to mark the instructor, so we need to be able to see, hear and understand your exercise goals and coaching tips. There is a detailed marking system and exam study guide questions and answer in the manual.  Please review this prior to submission.  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.  Video uploads will only be accepted through our Google Drive forms.


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?
(Be sure to review your video and see marking templates in manual)


Certification Report and e-Diploma: Once both parts of the certification are completed report cards will be emailed to the candidate. If successful, you will receive an official WaterART Certified E-Diploma.


Exam Deadlines
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. Sharing of exams and materials is strictly prohibited for both liability and copyright reasons.


In order to maintain the certified status see Re-Certification process CLICK HERE.

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

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

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


How to Complete WaterART Certification Process

Renewal Procedures

Certification Renewal Procedures (PDF)

Certification Standards

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