Trainer in Circus Arts (NRC.09)

The goal of this program is to prepare trainers in circus arts. These trainers will contribute directly to the development of the circus arts professionals of the future by providing highest-quality instruction in techniques associated with the circus.

In addition to the recreation and social service sectors, educators may be employed in the professional preparatory education sector in circus arts, in primary or secondary-level schools, or in the area of continuing education of circus professionals.

This program is only available in French

The program requires 765 hours (555 course hours and 210 in work internship) offered full-time over three semesters. 

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    765 hours (555 course hours and 210 in work internship) offered full-time over three semesters.

    Course Calendar for 2021-2022

    Introduction to circus techniques (75 hours)

    Reception: Monday, July 26, 2021, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
    Tuesday, July 27 to Saturday, July 31, 2021, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
    Monday 02 August to Saturday* 07 August 2021, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Monday August 09 to Saturday* August 14, 2021, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    *Saturdays end at 12:30 p.m.

    Class management (45 hours)

    Tuesday 27 July to Friday 30 July 2021
    Monday 02 August to Friday 06 August 2021
    Monday August 09 to Friday August 13, 2021.
    8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Circus as social action – Implementing activities (60 hours)

    Monday, August 23 to Thursday, August 26, 2021
    Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 September 2021
    Saturday 02 and Sunday 03 October 2021
    8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Physical and psychological development of the student (60 hours)

    Saturday, October 09 and 16, 2021
    Saturday February 12 and 19, 2022
    Saturday March 05, 12, 19 and 26, 2022
    8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Movement analysis (45 hours)

    Saturday September 04 and 11, 2021, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Saturday 20 and 27 November 2021, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Saturday December 04, 2021, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Advanced training in circus techniques (90 hours)

    Including 75 hours of tutoring in at least 2 disciplines during regular course instruction in the DEC-DEE, CES and PFS programs. 
    Weekdays, Monday through Friday, between September 7 and December 3, 2021.            
    Supervised, monitored, and supported by a CNS professor as a mentor during the session.
    Saturday November 06 and 13, 2021 (Artistic analysis of a circus project) 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Saturday, October 23 and 30, 2021 (Flexibility), 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Acrobatic apparatus : set up and strike (90 hours)

    Sundays January 09, 16, 23 and 30, February 06 and 27, 2022
    8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Supervising the creation and production of a performance (45 hours)

    Friday 08, Saturday 09 and Sunday 10 April 2022
    Friday 22, Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 April 2022
    8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Perfecting a circus technique (90 hours)

    90 hours of tutoring during the teaching of a specialty course in the DEC-DEE, CES and PFS programs.
    Weekdays, Monday through Friday, between January 03 and April 08, 2022.                      
    Supervised, monitored, and supported by a professor at NCT as a mentor during the session.

    Work Experience Internship (210 hours)

    The student will have one or more internship experiences in the workplace (210 hours) to complete before December 1st 2022.

    This training is only available in French.

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    For the full program
    Admission Fee$55*  (non-refundable)
    Registration Fee$205*
    Incidental Fee$235*
    Tuition Fees 
    Canadians, French citizens as well as permanent residents
    $2, 830** 
    Tuition Fees
    International students (with the exception of French citizens)
    $4, 410** 
    Annual Insurance Fees
    International students (with the exception of French students)

    *Fees subject to change
    Payable in three payments

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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 Aid

    Full time Canadian students 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.

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    • 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 French 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:

    • Online Application Form completed 
    • One passport-sized photograph (JPEG) 
    • A birth certificate with the name of the parents
    • 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 (in French only).


    Deadline to register for next session: May 16, 2021.

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

Register for this program

Registrations are closed.

2021 session

The program requires 765 hours (555 course hours and 210 in work internship).

Classes start from July 26, 2021 to April 24, 2022* (on some intensive weeks and weekends)

* In addition to a 210-hour-internship.

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