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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 see link

2)     Specialty Certification see link

Comprehensive Examination Certification requires that each candidate complete both a theory exam and a practical assessment to become fully Certified.

Specialty Examination Certification requires that candidates who are currently WaterART Certified, only need to complete the theory component of the exam process to renew and achieve another level of qualification. Any NEW candidate or Expired qualification's candidate will be required to complete boththe theory and practical assessment to become fully Certified. Note that if an Instructor is only Water Certified and wish to become Land Certified - they will be required to do complete a Land Practical Assessment. The same applies to Land Certified Instructors if they wish to become Water Certified will have to complete both parts of the exam process.

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 newest 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. If hard copies of the Certification Diploma are required (shipped) candidates will be charged shipping fees. See options.  All candidates will need to maintain their own Emergency Safety Qualifications (such as either a current Life-guard Qualification or a valid CPR/FIRST AID/AED. This is written on the Certification Diploma that the qualification is only valid when Emergency Safety Qualifications are current (as dates typically do not coincide with your WaterART Certification).
Completing 5 levels of WaterART Certification to be listed as a Gold Certified and have a website page. If you are a WP member, your discount will increase to 25% level.

How to Complete the Theory Exam Process:

Option 1)  You may  request a link from our office when you are ready to take this exam a week in advance oftaking the exam online at  info@waterart.org. This option has 50 multiplechoice questions (for 100 marks) with a lesson plan upload (100 marks).Tocomplete online theory exam, please allow at  2 hours of uninterrupted time to complete and submit Prior to requesting link we recommend  thatcandidates prepare a 45-60 minute lesson plan  to be uploaded (PDF or word docx, doc file). Candidates will not be able to open and close the link norresubmit the exam with the same link. In other words, candidates will have only one time to submit the theory exam. Each exam will be a randomized block ofquestions, unique for each candidate.

Option 2) Should a candidatenot have internet or become very confused with multiple choice exams or technology,they may independently request our open-ended exam (which may bein your manual)  in the certification chapter (if not request an exam viaopen book)


How to Complete the Practical Assessment:
Option 1: Practical Onsite Assessment with a Certified Master Trainer: involves the candidatespreparing a 30 minute program. Organize a mutuallybeneficial time to show your practical assessment. Often there is a group. Eachcandidate will  be teaching other instructors who are attending theassessment 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 enoughsets & reps) with or without equipment.) or a functional fitnessset/segment.  If candidate decides to  utilize equipment, use ofequipment 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: Request a link when you are ready to upload a lesson plan  and video file(s) (in MOVor  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 thatthe assessor may easily follow your presentation. Please film your practicalvideo at the lowest or smallest quality file size (most compact file). You mayupload up to 5 sections of video at 1GB each.  A video file larger than1GBwill not be accepted. You may NOT upload a .zip file (compressed file). Practical exams (video upload) willbe 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. For those candidates who do not have computers or are technology challenged: you may request an open-book exam and submit your practical exam via video file on a USB stick at the same time as the written submission. Lesson plans (pdf or .docx files) should also be uploaded with the video submission. You may utilize the same or different lesson plan as the theory  lesson planupload.


Assume different Master Trainers may mark teach part of the exam. The goal of the video upload is to film yourself (the instructor) so that we may both hear andsee 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 keeping your filming very simple, with just yourself in the video, pretending to be teachinga 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 themanual so please review this prior to submission.  Also review yoursubmission 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 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.


All candidates will have a formal report card and marking system (please check your manual) Candidates are evaluated based on
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,  and enjoyable. Was there both modifications and progressions.  (Be sure to review your video and see marking templates in manual)


Exam Deadlines
All Exams are required to be completed within  6  months from training or sooner. Should you not have access to a computer we can mail an exam to submit.
Exams submitted after deadline, will be subject to a $35.00 late fee for each part of the exam (theory or practical). Please note that we do not accept exam submissions after 1 year from the training date. To fast track the examination process, we recommend that you order and review your course materials prior to the course. We do have video streaming if you are unable to view a DVD discs; however, you need to email us  this request. Sharing of exams and materials is strictly prohibited for both liability and copyright reasons.


The  Onsite Practical Assessment involves with Certified Master Trainer: teaching other instructors who attend the assessment session or the Master Trainer if this is an individual assessment. When there are several people in a group- the group acts as the class for the person being assessed (as they can learn from each others performances). The goal is to assess how each instructor completes the competencies required for the practical   (see below). Each Instructor planning on-site assessment must attend the pre-arranged group session or work with the MT at a convenient time & location, once you are scheduled to do so. If you cannot attend you MUST give 24 hours notice and re-schedule.  WaterART is Exercise with a Purpose - become Qualified & Competent!

Certification Report and Diploma: When all parts of the certification are completed (as specified above), report cards are written and emailed to you.
Once you are successful - you will receive an official WaterART Certified Diploma, Certified status and an online profile.


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.
After a year without completion you will be required to forfeit the program or exam and re-do the program.
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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 Gold Certified Instructors  - a Professional has completed 5 levels of Certification

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