Assessment and Certification | Highfield International

Assessment Procedures and Certification


The competence of the candidates must be assessed by an approved Highfield Examiner.

Booking an examination

The Training Centre must inform the Highfield Centre Manager by email the date of the exam, and the course must be booked on the Highfield Website 5 working days before the course is due to commence. This is neccessary for the appointment of an Examiner

Examination Documentation

The Centres are responsible for:

  • verifying that the candidate complies with the pre-requisites established by the Dubai Municipality by signing the candidate registration form
  • that each candidate completed the Highfield Lifraguard for Dubai Registration Form
  • that all documentation establised by Dubai Municipality (please see Lifeguard Candidates and Registration) is attached to the registration form.

This documentation must be sent to Highfield before the examination is conducted, or given to the Examiner in a sealed envelope.

Highfield will not be able to certify any candidate with incomplete documentation as per regulations. 

Identification at the test site

In addition to the registration form, candidates must bring photo identification with them on the day of the test administration. Candidates may be required to sign the test site roster upon entry to the testing area. Acceptable forms of photo identification are:

  • passport
  • government–issued driver’s licence
  • work identification
  • Emirates I.D.

Written/oral examinations

The written/oral examination shall consist of a core examination (general lifeguard duties) and one or more specialty categories (for example, shallow water, pool or beach lifeguard duties). All candidates are required to take the core examination, regardless of the specialties in which they wish to be certified.

The specialty examinations can be divided into 3 main groups:

  • shallow water lifeguard
  • pool lifeguard
  • beach /beach front lifeguard

The core and speciality theory examination may be administered separately or combined on one exam. Exams shall be official exams from the certification agency. Exams shall be in multiple-choice formats. The exam may be administered orally only if the material and/or the exams are not available in the language the candidate can understand or if the candidate cannot read or write.

Practical examinations

A final scenario(s) shall be administered to assess the competence level of the lifeguard candidate. The scenario(s) must include in-water rescue, water exit/extrications, pool side rescue, the use of a spine board and out of water first aid/basic life support (BLS) for adults, children and infants including the use of a automated external defibrillator (AED) and emergency oxygen kit use (as a highly recommended skill).

Minimum education requirements:


Certification requirement and validity:

All candidates are required to pass both written/oral and practical examinations. The practical examination specialties shall correspond to the written/oral exam specialties; this can be in any order.

To be eligible for lifeguard certification, candidates must:

  • be at least 16 years old
  • have valid first-aid training and BLS (health care provider CPR) unless the lifeguard course includes these training courses
  • have valid occupational health card from the local health authority in the place they intend to work
  • comply with the PHSD Substance Abuse Policy
  • pass written/oral examinations on the intended specialty
  • pass practical examination(s)
  • comply with the PHSD code of ethics

The certificate shall be valid for a maximum 2 years from the date it is issued.

Candidates have 30 days from the examination day to pass both the theory and practical exam(s).

Certification cards/qualification

Proof of successfully passing the assessment will be accepted until the original card /qualification arrives, the proof may be valid for a period not exceeding 3 month from the date of passing the assessment.

Certified lifeguards shall receive laminated ID cards when they become certified for the first time and when they complete the requirements for recertification. They may, however, hold only one card at a time. Electronic credentials may be accepted subject to the content of the record and the access to training details/record.

Replacement cards/qualification, showing certification in an additional specialty (shallow water, pool or beach), or updated cards/qualifications for candidates who retake and pass a specialty they previously failed, may be carried at the same time.

Lifeguards/employers must have the certification cards/qualification and any additional records available at all times for inspection by local authority representatives.

The certification cards/record shall contain, but will not be limited to the following:

  • photo of the certified lifeguard (or the instructor/trainer)
  • date of birth
  • certification and expiry date
  • instructor/trainer information
  • lifeguarding specialty (i.e. shallow water, pool or beach) , name and location of the facility in which the lifeguard has been trained and examined

Photos must be added to the certification cards. Learners have a provisional period of 1 year from the final accreditation approval date to comply with this requirement.

Once the accreditation is granted, the accredited certification body shall submit on monthly basis the details of the certificates issued within that month to the certification body's accreditation section. Approved training centres shall submit on monthly basis the details of the training done within the month and the result for each participant.