We all have dreams and goals we want to accomplish. Education and training can help you get there.

Open up new opportunities through credits and certifications. The YMCA is a great place to start. We can help you identify opportunities and take the next step. Credits and certifications not only help to upgrade your skills, they help others see your qualifications.


Employment Services Workshops and Certification Courses

All sessions are free of charge with the exception of Smart Serve (subsidy available). Please call our office at (905) 684-3500 to register or for more information.

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Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)

Includes information on the Human Rights Code, understanding the duty to accommodate, applying human rights principles, and compliance and enforcement.

Apprenticeship Information Session

Apprenticeship offers opportunities to learn a skilled trade in a variety of occupations through practical job experience and in-school training. Join us to see if this is the right career path for you.

Bill 168

Reviews the policies, programs, measures and procedures in place with respect to violence and harassment in the workplace.

From Job Search to Job Success

Find out about today’s job market, choosing the RIGHT job for you, accessing the hidden job market, networking, Social media and much more!

Interviews that Impress

This workshop covers preparing for the interview, answering the tough questions, appropriate interview attire and the “dos & don’ts”!

Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) Certification

The OHSA is Ontario’s cornerstone legislation for workplace health and safety. Training provides a basic understanding of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. New regulation requires Health & Safety awareness training for every worker. *This is an ONLINE WORKSHOP – Basic computer skills and earbuds required.

Resume Critique Drop-In     

Bring your current resume for critique. Find out the best resume style for your job search, how to create targeted resumes and cover letters that get you the interview.

Second Career Information Session

Have you been laid off? Are you currently unemployed? Need a new direction? Second Career is an Ontario government-funded program that can help cover the cost of tuition and basic living expenses.

Smart Serve Certification

The Smart Serve Responsible Alcohol Beverage Service Training Program is approved by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) as a server training program for the Ontario hospitality industry. Anyone who serves or handles alcohol at a licensed establishment or event in Ontario must be certified by Smart Serve. This workshop covers training, testing and certification. Cost: $25 (subsidy available).   *Also available online. For online – Basic computer skills required

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Certification

Canadian law requires that any person exposed to hazardous materials in the workplace must be trained in WHMIS. All aspects of WHMIS are reviewed. Training, testing and certification for revised WHIMIS 2015: hazard identification and product classification, labelling and safety data sheets.   *Also  available online. For online – Basic computer skills and earbuds required.

Youth Drop In Services

Are you between the ages of 15 and 29 and looking for employment? We’re here to help with first job incentives, job search assistance, resume development, interview skill techniques, youth job postings, and personalized employment coaching.


Aquatic Courses and Certifications

Open the door to employment and volunteer possibilities through our YMCA Aquatic Certifications 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.

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Other Courses and Certifications

Red Cross Babysitting

This course provides young people with the necessary skills and knowledge to be help them learn child care, injury prevention and basic first aid skills.
At the end of this course, participants will understand; business of babysitting; caring for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children; creating safe environments; and how to handle emergencies and first aid.
Participants must be 11 years of age or older.This is a 8-hour course, with a lunch break. 100% attendance is required. Registration is available at all YMCA of Niagara Health, Fitness and Aquatics Centres and online.
Registration will close 48 hours prior.  A minimum number of participants must be met in order for the course to run.
Course fee: $50 + HST (member) / $65 + HST (non-member)
Please contact your local YMCA Health, Fitness and Aquatics branch for more details on upcoming sessions and registration.

Home Alone

This course provides young people with the necessary skills and knowledge to be safe and responsible when home alone.
At the end of this course, participants will be able to: demonstrate what to do in case of an emergency; how and when to call 911; demonstrate through role play how to call 911; demonstrate basic first aid skills.
Participants must be 10 years of age or older. This is a 2-hour course. 100% attendance is required. Registration is available at all YMCA of Niagara Health, Fitness and Aquatics Centres and online.
Registration will close 48 hours prior.  A minimum number of participants must be met in order for the course to run.
Course fee: $25 + HST(member) / $35 + HST(non-member)
Please contact your local YMCA Health, Fitness and Aquatics branch for more details on upcoming sessions and registration.