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Learn valuable skills to help others by becoming certified in CPR, first aid, oxygen administration or lifeguarding. Train to become a nationally-accredited Certified Personal Trainer.

Looking for a Y Job?

Interested in being a YMCA Lifeguard, group exercise instructor or personal trainer? Training is provided at no cost for those who apply, meet qualifications and are hired. National accreditation for Certified Personal Training designation is available on a fee basis.

Become a
Certified Personal Trainer

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Nationally Accredited Personal Trainer Certification Class

Ready for a new career in health and wellness? Want to start you own personal training services?  The Y offers Certified Personal Training (CPT) instruction accredited through NASM that can help you become a nationally-certified trainer.

Y CPT Classes Include:

  • 12 week hands-on instruction
  • Led by nationally-certified facilitator
  • Course textbook and study materials
  • Access to online training through NASM
  • Voucher for certification exam, plus test re-take option

CPT classes are held at the North Kansas City Y. Click on the course registration link to enroll in our next class. 

Learn More About
Being a Personal Trainer

Want more information about becoming a nationally accredited Certified Personal Trainer? Contact the Healthy Living Director at the specific Y location or submit your information below.


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Lifeguard Training

Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to be a lifeguard and professional rescuer. Participants who complete the course will become certified as an American Red Cross Lifeguard with CPR-AED for Professional Rescuer, First Aid, and Administering Emergency Oxygen. This certification is valid for 2 years.

The comprehensive course offers up-to-date information on how to guard by anticipating and preventing problems before they occur and how to take action to help those in danger when necessary. The course includes accident prevention, guarding techniques, pool management and even more safety skills.

Junior Lifeguard Classes

If you love to swim and care about the safety of others, we invite you to train to be a Junior Lifeguard. The course will help you gain the confidence and knowledge to apply for a lifeguard position at 15 years old. This program combines education with recreation, plus covers the technical skills of lifeguarding and the interpersonal skills to work with members and guests. Participants will learn about water safety, swim instruction, lifeguard skills, and leadership on the pool deck.

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CPR, First Aid,
Oxygen and AED

CPR training

Be prepared for emergency situations. We offer a variety of courses that may include certifications in one or more of the following: CPR, First Aid, Oxygen Administration and how to use an AED (automatic external defibrillator).