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British Columbia students can use Bronze Cross, Lifesaving Instructor and NLS certifications for credit toward high school graduation.


  • Bronze Cross is worth 2 credits for Grade 11.
  • Lifesaving Instructor + Bronze Cross are worth 3 credits for Grade 11.
  • National Lifeguard Pool option (NL) is worth 2 credits for Grade 12.


  • Students may only use these credits for the assigned grades (i.e. students cannot combine both certifications towards one grade).
  • The awards do not need to be current.
  • If the student has already used Bronze Cross for 2 credits, then completes Lifesaving Instructor at a later date, they can replace the 2 credits from Bronze Cross with 3 credits for Lifesaving Instructor and Bronze Cross combined.


  • Students are asked to inform their school counsellor in charge of curriculum that they wish to use these certifications as part of the “External Credit Program.”
  • Students will be asked to provide proof of their certification card(s).


For more information about high school credits, talk to your school counsellor or see the list of Organizations Offering External Credentials and the Ministry of Education’s Course Information for the Graduation Program.