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.
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.
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.
Other Courses and Certifications
Red Cross Babysitting
|Location||Date||Time||Member Fee||Non-Member Fee|
Home Alone (10 years +)
|Walker Family YMCA, St. Catharines||Oct 20||5:00 to 7:00 pm||$25.00||$35.00|
|Niagara West YMCA, Grimsby||Nov 29||6:00 to 8:00 pm||$25.00||$35.00|
|Niagara Centre YMCA, Welland||Sept 30||12:00 to 2:00 pm||$25.00||$35.00|
|E.J. Freeland YMCA, Fort Erie||Oct 20||5:00 to 7:00 pm||$25.00||$35.00|
Babysitting (11 years +)
|Walker Family YMCA, St. Catharines||Nov 20/27||5:00 to 9:00 pm||$50.00||$65.00|
|Niagara Falls YMCA, MacBain Community Centre||Oct 28||9:00 am to 5:00 pm||$50.00||$65.00|
|Niagara West YMCA, Grimsby||Dec 6/13||4:00 to 8:00 pm||$50.00||$65.00|
|Niagara Centre YMCA, Welland||Oct 28 and Nov 4||12:30 to 4:30 pm||$50.00||$65.00|
|E.J. Freeland YMCA, Fort Erie||Oct 21||8:30 am to 4:30 pm||$50.00||$65.00|
Please visit your local YMCA of Niagara membership branch to register.