Certification Courses

Open the door to employment and volunteer possibilities through our YMCA Aquatic Certifications and Leadership programs. Certification as a lifeguard or swimming instructor can lead to employment opportunities at the YMCA and elsewhere. You’ll also develop leadership skills that can have a profound impact on your future success.

At the YMCA, you can choose from a variety of certifications:

Find Aquatic Certifications Programs
  • Bronze Star with Basic First Aid
  • Bronze Medallion with Emergency First Aid
  • Bronze Cross
  • National Lifeguard Pool with Workplace Standard First Aid & CPR – C
  • National Lifeguard Recertification
  • YMCA Swim Instructor (YSI)
  • Lifesaving Instructor (LSI)
  • Examiner Course
  • First Aid Instructor (FAI)
  • National Lifeguard Instructor (NLI)

Are you ready for the responsibility of babysitting? The Babysitter Course covers everything from managing difficult behaviours to essential content on leadership and professional conduct as a babysitter. The course will help teens feel confident about caring for children of any age. For ages 12-15 years, pre- requisite: must be 12 years old by Dec. 31, 2021. For dates and times, please check the schedule in our current Program Guide. 

Workplace Standard First Aid & CPR – C provides comprehensive training that covers all aspects of first aid and CPR. Workplace Standard First Aid is designed for those who require a more in-depth understanding of first aid including: legal implications of first aid treatment, spinal injuries, heat or cold injuries, bone and joint injuries, chest injuries and medical emergencies. Please see our Program Guide for dates, times and fees.

Fitness Leadership Certifications

The YMCA is the undisputed leader in fitness instructor training. Our program was the first recognized fitness leadership program in Canada and its certification exceeds industry standards. The program offers the most complete training avail-able and gives access to a variety of specializations to meet all needs!

We provide an optimal learning experience with:

  • Combination of practical and theoretical training
  • Instruction offered by experienced leaders in the fitness field

Certification that facilitates access to a variety of employment and volunteer opportunities within the YMCA of Fredericton and YMCAs across Canada!

Please note: You must be at least 15 years old at the time of exam (must be age 16+ to guard in N.B.) Recertification is required every TWO years.

Aquatic Certifications