This year saw a decrease in the percentage of colleges and universities, schools and school districts, YMCAs, and camp respondents who indicated that they require certification. That said, YMCAs are again the most likely to require certification, with 97.8 percent indicating it is required. They are followed by health clubs, where 92.1 percent require certification. Those from camp facilities were the least likely to require certification, though 85.2 percent of these respondents indicated that it is required. All facility types indicated that they plan to increase their certification requirements in the future. (See Figure 25.)
The top five types of certification required by respondents remained the same this year, though some of them actually saw a slight bump in the number who require it. CPR/AED/First Aid certification is required by 84.8 percent of respondents in 2010, and is the most commonly required credential. (See Figure 26.) This was followed by background checks, required by a full 79.6 percent of respondents, a jump from last year, when 77 percent required background checks.
Fewer respondents this year indicated that they require an aquatic management/pool operations certification, with 31.9 percent reporting it is required, compared with 34.4 percent last year. Likewise, personal training/fitness certification is required by fewer. Just 27.9 percent of respondents require this type of certification, compared with 26.9 percent of last year's respondents. On the other hand, certifications for pesticide application, coaching, playground safety certification, teaching, athletic trainer and turf/grounds management all saw an increase of at least 1 percent over last year's response.