If you are wanting to turn your hobby into a teaching role then you should look at getting an aerial silk, lyra or trapeze certification.
Gaining certification is a way to verify to students and potential employers that you are highly qualified to teach and have the highest professional standards and education levels.
Necca’s Aerial Silks Certification
New England Center For Circus Arts (NECCA) is the most respected and industry-recognized teacher training certification. While they do not have a sole teacher training course per apparatus you will get an overview of two apparatuses in your teacher training. Predominantly the certification training involves silks and trapeze or silks and lyra.
Aside from teacher training NECCA also offers workshops that you can take to brush up on skills or learn some new ones.
Aerial Physique Aerial Silks Certification
Aerial physiques teacher training courses are recognized by NASM, AFAA & the American Circus Educators.
The aim of the Aerial Physique Silks Teacher Training program is to prepare and train highly qualified & knowledgeable aerialists to become seasoned instructors. The program will provide instructors full comprehension and mastery of proven methods pioneered by Aerial Physique and will correctly and safely prepare professional aerial silk instructors worldwide. We now offer 4 levels of certification ranging from Beginner Aerial Silks Instructor through Master Trainer. Upon passing each level of curriculum, instructors will become certified by Aerial Physique.
The prerequisites to be eligible for the teacher certification are:
- Classic climb
- Hip Key
- Straddle Inversion Climb
- Foot Locks – Single & Double
- Cross Back Straddle
- Bent Arm & Straight Arm Holds
The certification is a four-day intensive course.
Aerial Arts America Aerial Silks Certification
Aerial Arts America provides aerial arts certification for teachers through training, examinations, and residency. They currently hold certifications for:
- Hammock Fitness
- Aerial Hammock (Level 1 & 2)
- Hoop Fitness
- Aerial Hoop Dance (Level 1 & 2)
- Aerial Tissu (Level 1 & 2)
- Aerial Dance Fitness (most comprehensive certification)
You can take a fast-tracked version of the course or regular sessions. They both come with raining manuals with multiple practical examinations covering the teaching, the performance and the technical aspects of the apparatus of your choice.
Circus Arts Teacher Training
Circus Arts teacher training comes in three basic levels being beginner, intermediate and advanced. Their aerial teacher certification is proof of an in-depth safety and technical training for anyone who is currently teaching or wants to teach (or co-teach) Circus Arts to others.
Our teacher training are designed for anyone interested in teaching circus arts to children, teens, adults, families, and groups.
Beginner training is about the basics. It includes didactic training in addition to lots of hands-on aerial training. Each trainee will focus on honing their teaching skills on the apparatus that they have chosen to focus on for certification.
Intermediate training is about reviewing the basics and learning the next level of aerial skills, safety, classroom management, injury prevention, as well as a more in depth look at skill progressions, rigging and more. It includes didactic training in addition to lots of hands-on aerial training. Each trainee will focus on honing their teaching skills on the apparatus that they have chosen to focus on for certification.
Advanced training is about reviewing the intermediate skill set and learning the next level of skill & safety, classroom management, including creating a safe emotional space. It includes didactic training in addition to lots of hands-on aerial training. Each trainee will focus on honing their teaching skills on the apparatus that they have chosen to focus on for certification.
Womack & Bowman Silks Certification
The master the silks program is currently offered online although there is a waitlist that you need to join in order to apply. While this course may not make you a certified teacher it may be another tool that you can access to keep your skills brushed up.
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