The École nationale de cirque (National Circus School) offers three specialized programs: Assistant Instructor in Circus Arts, Instructor in Circus Arts and Trainer in Circus Arts. The aim is to prepare teaching educators versed in the circus arts able to provide high quality, safety-conscious training from introductory to advanced levels. The three programs lead to a college diploma: Attestation of Collegial Studies (AEC - Attestation d'études collégiales) accredited by the Quebec ministry of Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche et de la Science.
The Assistant Instructor program, requiring 180 hours in class, aims to insure high-quality resources from the earliest level in the form of circus arts training as recreational activity. The assistant instructor works under the supervision of a trainer or instructor.
The aim of the program for instructor is to prepare professional educators to teach various circus disciplines in the context of recreational activity iand in the social services arena. The program requires 360 hours (270 course hours and 90 in work internship), which are offered full-time over two semesters.
The School now offers an online version of the Instructor program in circus arts that is available in English and in French (new - winter 2017). The program is acknowledged by the Quebec ministry of Éducation et Enseignement supérieur as an Attestation of Collegial Studies.
The goal of the program for trainer is to prepare professionals to instruct future circus artists. The program requires 765 hours (555 course hours and 210 in work internship) offered full-time over three semesters.