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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.

All candidates will require both theory & practical examination to become full Certified and Qualified.

There are unlimited re-writes or re-do's of the examination process. Please email us  any questions as our goal is to help you to successfully complete the examination process.

How to Complete the Theory Exam Process:
All Theory Examinations may be done via online open book, applied theory examination. Instructors should dedicate 2 hours to complete this exam process. You may preplan your lesson plan (to upload) valued at 25 marks. Marking templates and lesson plan templates are in the exam or we may email you upon request. We do not allow shared answers. We email you a link when you are ready  and exams should be completed within 6 months of training or sooner. Email info@waterart.org for a link.Marking for the online exam is within a week providing you upload the lesson plan when you submit the exam. Please realize that when you are given a link you must allot at least 2 hours of uninterrupted time to complete the exam. You may not log in and log out of the examination document. Exam questions are multiple choice and you must choose the best answer. Should  you not have the technology or you do not like online exams - you may opt to complete the open book exam in this chapter. Marking for that will take 2-3 weeks.

How to Complete the Practical Assessment:
    The practical assessments may be completed via an onsite assessment (see below )with a Certified WaterART Master Trainer OR we may email you  a link to upload your video presentation via a MOV or  MP4 file format. You may upload several files; however, you will need to label them in a proper order so we may easily follow your prepared lesson plan. Lesson plans should also be uploaded if this differs from the theory version.  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 simple, with just yourself  in the video pretending to be teaching a group. 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 so please review this prior to submission. Please note we do not accept drop box via other video streaming downloads because of viruses and liability issues.

Practical Onsite Assessment with a Certifed 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)hing
c)  Teaching a 3-5 minute Cardiovascular Set Teaching
d)  Teaching two 3-5 minute Strength sets  (be sure to perform enough sets & reps or 2-3 sets of 8-25 repetitions with or without equipment.) or a functional fitness set/segment.  If candidate decides to  utilize equipment, use of equipment must meet safety and efficacy guidelines.
e)  a 5-10 minute Warm Down which includes Stretching, relaxation and positive affirmations or closure to the program.   

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.  ( see marking templates)

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.

If you are having difficulty with any exam you may email us your questions at any time.  

The Candidate must score a grade of 75% on all exams to become certified.

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

Refund & Cancellation Policies

 Gold Certified Instructors  - a Professional has completed 5 levels of Certification

Should you have any questions - please email us

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