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AERIAL TEACHER TRAINING / CERTIFICATION
OVERVIEW


Who is the Aerial Teacher Training for?

Anyone! Our teacher training certifications are designed for anyone interested in teaching circus arts to children, teens, adults, families and groups.

What is Aerial Teacher Certification?

Aerial Teacher Certification is proof of in-depth safety and technical training for anyone who is currently teaching or wants to teach (or co-teach) Circus Arts to others. Gaining certification in one of the four certification levels is a way to verify to students that you are highly qualified to teach and have the highest professional standards and education.

Why Get Trained at the Circus Arts Institute?

The Circus Arts Institute has been in the business of training teachers both in-house and for other programs for over 30 years. Carrie Heller is a lover of the Circus Arts and wants all Circus Arts programs to operate at their highest safety standards possible.
To this end, ACE, the American Circus Educators branch of AYCO, has evaluated our Teacher Training Program and our facility and we are proud to be the first Teacher Training Program and circus facility in America to be nationally recognized for our excellent standards.

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What Apparatus Can You Obtain Aerial Teacher Certifications On?

Trapeze, Circus Rings, Aerial Fabric, Spanish Web, and Hammock/Sling, Lyra. Not all trainings will be for all apparatus, so be sure to double check the training-specific details.

Upcoming Trainings

Beginner Fall Training: November 9 - 12, 2018
Apparatus options (trainees will choose one) : Lyra, Trapeze, Hammock, or Silks (Silks and Hammock are waitlist only)

Beginner Fall Training: January 18 - 21, 2019
Apparatus options (trainees will choose one) : TBD

How do I Register?

To register, click here.

If you are interested in joining a training in the future or being contacted about any future classes scheduled, please email Carrie or fill out this form. For groups of teachers looking to take the training together, scheduling can be worked out directly with Carrie Heller. Each class opens when a minimum registration is met.

Aerial Certification Levels Overview:

Level

Hours

You Can Teach

Prerequisites

Beginner

20 hrs in-class instruction
( details)
Practice Requirements*
• 5-10 hrs observation/co-spotting
• 30-60 hrs co-teaching (at a beginner level)
• 5-10 hrs supervised teaching
Supervision Requirements*
• 5 hrs one-on-one trainer supervision
AND FOR STUDIO OWNERS/PROGRAM DIRECTORS:
• 4 hrs rigging instruction (in addition to the information covered in the in-class instruction)

Beginner-level group classes and private lessons on the apparatus you trained on.

-No aerial Training required, but must know or be in process of learning all beginner-level tricks in the A.C.T. manual and other beginner-level tricks not found in manual*
AND
-CPR & First Aid certification

Intermediate

15-20 hrs in-class instruction
( details)
Practice Requirements*
• 30-60 hrs co-teaching (at an intermediate level)
• 10 hrs teaching (at an intermediate level)
Supervision Requirements*
• 5-10 hrs one-on-one trainer supervision
• 6+ hrs rigging education (in addition to the material covered in the in-class instruction at CAI)

Intermediate-level group classes and private lessons on the apparatus you trained in.

-Beginner teacher training** (requires assessment and skill demonstration) AND
-know or be in process of learning all intermediate-level tricks in the A.C.T. manual and other intermediate-level tricks not found in manual* AND
-Minimum 2-5+ years as a Beginner teacher AND
-CPR & First Aid certification

Advanced

hrs of in-class instruction depends on previous instruction
( details)

Practice Requirements*
• 30-60 hrs co-teaching (at an advanced level)
• 20-40 hrs teaching (at an advanced level)
Supervision Requirements*
• 10+ hrs one-on-one trainer supervision
• 12+ hrs rigging education (in addition to the material covered in the in-class instruction at CAI)

Any-level group classes or private lessons and can train beginner teachers on the apparatus you trained in (with trainer supervision).

-Intermediate teacher training** (requires assessment and skill demonstration) AND
-know or be in process of learning all advanced-level tricks in the A.C.T. manual and other advanced-level tricks not found in manual and more* AND
-Minimum 5-10+ years as a Beginner and Intermediate teacher AND
-CPR & First Aid certification

Trainer

# of hrs depends on the extent of previous training as a teacher
Practice Requirements*
• 30-60+ hrs co-teaching Beginner, Intermediate, & Advanced trainings
• 30-60+ hrs teaching Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced trainings
Supervision Requirements*
• 10-20 + hrs one-on-one trainer supervision
• 24+ hrs rigging education (in addition to the material covered in the in-class instruction at CAI)

All students and can train any potential teacher on the apparatus you trained in.

- all prerequisites for the advanced training AND
-Minimum 10-20+ years teaching AND
-CPR & First Aid certification

* can be earned here or another approved training facility, under the supervision of a trainer-level Circus Arts teacher. Download the Beginner Certification Application to submit past teacher experience as fulfilling Teacher Practice Requirements.
** can be earned here or another approved training facility (download form to request credit for trainings taken at other facilities)

Aerial Teacher Certification Assessments:

Certification assessments will be offered on the last day of the Teacher Training or scheduled privately when all requirements for Beginner Certification are completed. See above for all requirements and for form for receiving credit for previous teaching/spotting/co-teaching/supervision hours.

Assessments are done in 3 stages:

1. Physical Skill Demonstration: ability to physically spot and teach tricks as well as your technique and form.
2. Oral and/or Written Evaluation: ability to communicate directions to your students, your understanding of safety & rigging, skill progressions, injury prevention, and what to do if an injury does occur.



All assessments are done at CAI after all training, teaching, and supervision hours are completed.

Assessment fees are $180


2018 Beginner Trainings 

Course

Dates/Times **

Cost

Prerequisites





Beginner
Training

25 hrs in-class instruction
( details)

Friday - Monday
November 9- 13, 2018

Friday
10:00am-6:30pm (7.75)
AND
Saturday
10:00am-5:30pm (6.75)
AND
Sunday
10:00am-5:30pm (6.75)
AND
Monday
10:00am-2:00pm (4.00)

$525.00*

(10% discount for AYCO members)

-No aerial Training required

Beginner
Certification Assessment

Sunday or Monday
November 12-13, 2018

Hours: by appointment, after training hours

$180.00

- Completion of Beginner Teacher Training Course and submission of previous teaching/spotting/co-teaching/supervision hours.

 

Intermediate and Advanced
Pricing and Scheduling:

Course

Dates

Cost

Prerequisites

Intermediate

25 hrs in-class instruction ( details)

INCLUDES DAILY OPTIONAL WORKOUT TIME


Friday - Monday
July 13-16, 2018

Friday, July 13
10:00am-5:00pm (7)
AND
Saturday, July 14
9:30am-4:00pm (6)
AND
Sunday, July 15
1:00pm-7:30pm (6)
AND
Monday, July 16
1:00pm-4:00pm (3)

click here to register

$525.00

-Beginner aerial teacher certification(requires passing assessment and skill demonstration)

Advanced

Hours of in-class instruction depends on previous instruction ( details)

I
NCLUDES DAILY OPTIONAL WORKOUT TIME

TBD

By request.

$ *

-Intermediate aerial teacher training (requires passing assessment and skill demonstration)

* Cost and Length of Aerial Training will depend on amount of previous experience and length of time required to learn aerial techniques and tricks.
* The Aerial Circus Training and Safety Manual is required for class - if you do not have one yet, you can purchase one online here or at class for $50
* Cost of the Teacher Training Course does not include Certification Assessment fee.
**Download the Intermediate Certification Application to submit past teacher experience as fulfilling Teacher Practice Requirements.

Note: Hours teaching at CAI can be partially traded for aerial training. Contact Carrie for trade details.


Registration:

To register, click here.

If you are interested in joining a training in the future or being contacted about any future classes scheduled, please email Carrie or fill out this form. For groups of teachers looking to take the training at once, scheduling can be worked out directly with Carrie Heller.
Each class opens when a minimum registration is met.

We are proud to be the first Teacher Training Program in America to be recognized for our excellent standards.


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