Certifications and training

Some employers require or recommend you to have specific certifications or training. Learn more about common certifications here, as well as how you can get them.

This list is intended to get you started, but please check with organizations directly for up-to-date information.

First aid and CPR

Fitness, aquatics and outdoor education

Fitness training

  • BC Recreation and Parks Association – Offers courses throughout BC. If you have taken EPHE 141 (Anatomy), EPHE 142b (Physiology) and EPHE 155 (Nutrition), you're eligible to challenge the first module (Theory) and pay only an exam fee (contact BCRPA directly to make those arrangements). You must successfully complete the Theory certification before completing other modules. Check with your local municipal recreation facility, as many offer these courses throughout the year.
  • Canadian Society for Exercise Prescription – Offers Personal Trainer and Exercise Physiologist certifications.
  • Recreation Oak Bay – Offers courses on fitness theory, group fitness, weight training and more.

Lifeguarding and aquatics

Lifeguarding and swim instructor certifications are often required to work at community pools and summer camps. You can complete programs through:

Outdoor education

Criminal record check

Some employers require that you submit a criminal record check before you start work, especially if you will work with or may potentially have unsupervised access to children or vulnerable adults. There is typically a $50 charge per check, but some employers will cover this cost. The fee is sometimes waived for certain types of volunteer work.

You can get a criminal record check through your local community police station:

Operating vehicles and boats

Driving

Boating – Pleasure Craft Operator's Card

You may need this certification if you plan to work in or around boats. You can get this card by taking an accredited Transport Canada boating safety test and scoring at least 75 per cent. Transport Canada recommends that you take a safe boating course before this test. These Victoria companies teach the course and offer testing:

Occupational health and safety

Occupational Health and Safety

UVic Occupational Health, Safety and Environment – Some courses and training sessions are open to students for free either online or in class. If the course fills with UVic staff, students are bumped to a waitlist. However, there are some very useful training seminars here, including WHMIS, ergonomics and bio/lab safety! 

Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS) training

WHMIS is Canada's national hazard communication standard. This course trains you to work in environments with hazardous materials. You can complete WHMIS training through:

TB testing

Employers in health care or child care often require you to receive a tuberculosis (TB) test. Current UVic students can receive this test at the UVic Health Services clinic and the cost is covered by provincial health plans.

Hospitality and food service

Computer skills

Business software courses

Connect with these programs to learn Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc), which is often required to work in office and administrative positions:

Keyboard testing (typing)

Some employers will ask you to complete a keyboard test to prove your typing skills. You should ask if the testing includes both speed and accuracy, as some only test your speed. Improve your typing skills with courses at:

Social media

Leadership and professional development (recreation and youth)

Leisure Development Course

The Leisure Development Course is a not-for-profit program providing professional development learning designed for park, recreation, culture and community development personnel.

Women In Leadership

Women In Leadership – Designed for women by women, this workshop series blends theory with practical applications and provides an opportunity for women working, studying or volunteering in the sport community to share experiences, reflect on ideas and apply specific techniques. 

Strategies for Challenging Behaviours

Strategies for Challenging Behaviours is a three-hour workshop to help those who work with groups of school-age children (especially at-risk children) improve their ability to address challenging behaviour.

In Your Face Conference

In Your Face is an annual conference organized as a one-day professional development workshop for youth workers.

HIGH FIVE

HIGH FIVE is a system of quality assurance training, resources and tools to support the safety, well-being and healthy development of children aged six to 12 years in sport and recreation settings.

Fundamental movement skills

Canadian Sport for Life – Learn more about fundamental movement skills, which children need to learn before they learn fundamental sport skills.

Everybody Gets to Play

Everybody Gets To Play is a Canada-wide initiative led by the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) to make recreation more accessible for low-income children and their families.