A Guide to Certifications You May Need
Many of the jobs you will run into the beach resort industry will request various certifications under the job requirements. If you find that the type of job you would like to have frequently requests that you have these certifications prior to gaining employment do not fret, it’s never too late to get certified. If you are currently in the process of looking for employment and do not have the certifications needed, let the company know that you are willing to take the certifications courses necessary in your cover letter.
Below we have compiled a list of common certifications. Becoming certified in a particular area is a great way to boost your resume and make you a more qualified candidate for a job!
Personal Care / Fitness:
- American Council on Exercise (ACE): Some of the resorts will require an ACE certification for applicants who wish to work in fitness roles such as personal trainers, aerobics instructors etc.
- Aerobics Instruction: Aerobic Instructors can get certified in aerobics or some other form of fitness instruction such as ACE.
- Beauty / Cosmetology Certified: Individuals who wish to work in a spa in a resort will typically be asked to show some sort of credentials or certifications in the area of interest. If you are interested in gaining these credentials you should check out the beauty or cosmetology schools that are located near you.
- Degree in Hospitality Management/ Hotel or Tourism Management: There are many programs to choose from in this field. In general this is a degree that is earned at a four year higher education institution. Contact a career services office for more information.
- Commercial Driving License: The Commercial Driving License is required for individuals who wish to operate a commercial passenger vehicle. To obtain a CDL you must pass the exam that is given by your state. Contact your local DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) to find out more information.
- CPR: Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation helps resuscitate victims who have had heart or lung failure. CPR is routinely required for many types of positions and in general is a good thing to know how to perform.
- Culinary Certification: Most resorts will require their Executive & Sous Chefs to have had training from a culinary school. There are many culinary schools to choose from.
- Beauty/ Cosmetology Certified: Individuals who wish to work in a spa in a resort or on a cruise line will typically be asked to show some sort of credentials or certifications in the area of interest. If you are interested in gaining these credentials you should check out the beauty or cosmetology schools that are located near you.
- First Aid: First Aid courses educate individuals on how to assess and perform basic medical needs that may arise.
- Lifeguard: Most YMCAs and YWCAs will offer lifeguard training courses. Contact your local YMCA or community recreation center to find out how you can get certified.
- Food Handler License: When serving or handling food in any capacity whether it be cooking or serving, a Food Handlers Permit is required to assure the safety and proper hygiene procedures of food that is consumed. This differs between states in the U.S., contact the office that handles food & beverage handlers permit or ask the employer where you may obtain a permit.
- Massage License or Certification: There are many schools of massage to choose from. Use any search engine to type in “school of massage and your location.” Many community and technical colleges offer certifications in this area. Tuition and length of programs vary so shop around. If you are interested in working in a resort spa most resorts will require their massage therapists to be licensed of certified.
- Master Diver: A Master Diver Certification is the highest form of recreational diving certification an individual may receive. This type of certification gives license to an individual to instruct and lead others on dives and dive safety.
- Water Safety Instruction (WSI): Water Safety Instruction is required when leading or teaching in water.
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