Instructor- E-Learning

New E-learning Session Available!

The goal of this program is to educate circus arts instructors. These instructors will be qualified to provide an initiation to various circus disciplines in the context of recreational activity. These instructors may also serve as educators in the social services arena, introducing young people at risk to the circus arts.

Circus arts instructors are able to find employment in many areas. These include: schools devoted to circus arts as recreational activity, municipal recreational facilities, day or vacation camps, or resorts that offer leisure activities. Instructors may also be called upon to animate after-school programs in educational facilities. Community and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), which may also incorporate these arts as a form of social education, have occasion to call upon the services of circus arts instructors.

The École nationale de cirque (National Circus School) now offers an online version of the circus arts Instructor program in English. The program takes place over a period of 17 weeks. It consists of mostly virtual sessions along with a week of onsite training with the School's teachers in Montreal or another city depending on the session. 

Online registration

Educational Objectives

  • Class Management (45 hours)
  • Introduction to Circus Techniques (75 hours)
  • Supervising the Creation and Production of a Performance (45 hours)
  • Setting up and Striking Acrobatic Apparatus (45 hours)
  • Lead a circus program in the context of social education (60 hours)
  • Work Experience Internship (90 hours)

Virtual Classes

Online learning is made available through the Moodle platform used by many institutions of higher education. Students have access to a wide variety of learning tools: blogs, forums, video conferencing. Videos and other learning materials in PowerPoint or PDF format are accessible at all times. Students may access quiz-type tests to conduct self-assessment and verify their progress. A weekly meeting is held via video conference at a specified time with the teacher and all members of the virtual class. 

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In-Person Classes

One week of training at the School campus is planned*. The live session serves to complete some learning and assess specific skills. (See the official session schedule for dates).

The Online Instructor program culminates with an internship to integrate what has been learned. Each student is responsible for finding the internship, either within his/her community or outside it, in organizations or institutions where the circus is practiced as a recreational activity.  The student must also find and have approved by the School a circus arts trainer to serve as internship supervisor. The internship, that consists of 90 hours, should begin at week 11 of the course calendar.

The development of this online program was funded by the Québec Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche et de la Science and by the bilateral Canada-Quebec and the Protocol for agreements for minority-language education and second-language instruction.The School extends its gratitute to the Cirque du Soleil for its contribution on the Social Circus course as well as sharing videos and guides that come from the Basic Techniques in Circus Arts document developed in conjunction with the School.

*For the new session starting June 25, 2017, the live session will be given in Cranbrook, BC.

  • Course calendar - June-October 2017Open or Close

    E-learning Program 

    Note that a 2hrs weekly meeting is held via video conference each Sunday at 9 am (Atlantic Time), with the teacher and all members of the virtual class. 

    Week ofDateCourses and Modules for the week
     June 25Welcome Session
    9:00 - 10:00 am
    1June 26 - 30Rigging - Equipment
    2July 3 - 7Rigging - Equipment
    3July 10 - 14Rigging - Equipment
    4July 17 - 21Social Circus
    5July 24 - 28Social Circus
    6July 31 - August 4Social Circus
    7August 7 - 11Social Circus
    8August 14 - 18Creation & Production
    9August 21 - 25Creation & Production
    10August 26 - Sept. 1LIVE SESSION in Cranbrook, BC
    11Sept. 4 - 8Creation & Production
    12Sept. 11 - 15 Class Management
    13Sept 18 - 22Class Management
    14Sept. 25 - 29Class Management
    15Oct.2 - 6Acrobatics

    Oct. 9-13

    17Oct. 16 - 20Manipulation
  • Course Calendar - March-July 2017Open or Close

    E-learning Program 

    Note that a 2hrs weekly meeting is held via video conference each Sunday at 9 am (Atlantic Time), with the teacher and all members of the virtual class. One week of training in Montreal is also planned (week 11). The live session serves to complete some learning and assess specific skills. 


    Week ofDateCourses and Modules for the week
     March 11Welcome Session
    11:00 AM
    1March 13-19Social Circus
    2March 20-26Social Circus
    3March 27-April 2

    Social Circus

    4April 3-9Social Circus
    5April 10-16Class Management
    6April 17-23Class Management
    7April 24-30

    Rigging - Equipment

    8May 1-7Rigging - Equipment
    9May 8-14Rigging - Equipment
    10May 15-21Aerials 
    12May 29-June 4Class Management
    13June 5-11Creation & Production
    14June 12-18Creation & Production
    15June 19-25Creation & Production

    June 26-July 2

    Manipulation - juggling
    17July 3-9Acrobatics 
  • Tuition FeesOpen or Close
    Tuition fees

    Admission Fee

    $ 30

    Registration Fee

    $ 130

    Tuition Canadian Student - Montreal


    Foreign Student


    * Fees in Canadian dollars,  subject to change

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    Student Services

    The School offers a range of student services such as on campus housing, a library, a bursary program, food services and health services. Find out more about student services.

    Financial Assistance

    Full time Canadian citizens or those who have permanent resident status in Canada are eligible for loan and bursary programs offered by the Ministry of Education of the province in which they officially reside.

    The National Circus School Foundation offers assistance to students who lack sufficient financial resources to pursue professional training at the School no matter what their citizenship. Find out more.

  • Candidate ProfileOpen or Close

    The ideal candidate for this program is a highly motivated and autonomous student or professional who possesses mastery of the English language, spoken and written, and also meets the regular requirements for admission (see bellow).

    Technology required:
    The student must have easy access to a computer equipped with software that enables video playback and supports video conferencing.

    Go to the following URL for an overview of the course interface:

  • AdmissionOpen or Close


    • High school diploma (DES) or equivalent
    • Has interrupted studies for at least one school year or has completed one year of post-secondary schooling
    • Has a functional knowledge of the English language, spoken and written
    • Practical experience in the fields of circus arts, sports, dance or theater would be an asset
    • Demonstrate the ability to communicate

    Competency Exemption

    A candidate selected may receive credit for previous training or professional experience acquired, conditional upon providing proof. The applicant must also pass an examination to be exempted from any given course.

    Documents to enclose with admission application:

    • Application Form, completed 
    • One passport-sized photograph (JPEG) 
    • A birth certificate
    • The most recent report card of secondary-school grades or, if necessary, the official transcript from the Ministry of Education attesting that a high school diploma (DES) or trade school diploma (DEP) or the equivalent has been obtained
    • If relevant, the most recent transcript of college or university grades (courses completed or non-completed)
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Any certificates or transcripts confirming participation in an artistic or sports-related pursuit, relevant to School requirements

    For more information on the admissions policy, see this document. (French only) 


    New session!
    Starting June 25
    Registration deadline : June 15


    For any questions please contact the Registrar via or (514) 982-0859 ext. 239.

Register for this program

Online registration
Next session :
June 25 to october 20

Registration deadline :
June 15