The APC is one of the leading stage combat training and examining bodies in the UK, working with students and acting professionals of all ages. It's highly acclaimed training certifications are industry and equity recognised and are taught at drama schools, universities and many other educational institutes. They offer a variety of training opportunities including workshops, masterclasses, proficiency certicicates and basic to advanced professional qualifications. They also offer a teacher training programme. Their syllabi cover a range of weapons looking at safety, technique and dramatisation.
- PROFICIENCY CERTIFICATION
New to the APC training programme, the proficiency certification is ideal for drama clubs, GSCE drama students and foundation courses at drama school. The course provides structured training for a younger student base. With the option of two weapon syllabuses, this is a great starting block for the young aspiring actor wanting to experience professional training in unarmed combat and swordsmanship.
- BASIC QUALIFICATION
This qualification is the industry standard and is expected of actors breaking into the profession. Studying a minimum of three weapon systems including single sword, unarmed and one more from the ten strong basic syllabi available this training gives any actor the fundimental understanding of safety, technique and variety that will be required of them on stage and screen.
- INTERMEDIATE QUALIFICATION
Available to anyone that has a minimum of three weapons at basic (inc. single sword & unarmed) the Intermediate level builds on and reinforces the foundations of technique, safety and performance already learnt. Choreography is more complex, routines are longer and more weapon options are available opening up a wider variety of options and opportunities within the industry.
- ADVANCED QUALIFICATION
Available to anyone with three weapons at Intermediate, the Advanced qualification raises the bar yet again. The student must perform with 5 weapons demonstating the standard of performance and technique has increased, the complexity of routines will be harder and the ability to pick up and learn routines at speed.
A student must have 5 wepons at advanced to move onto the Honours training. At this level the student must demontrate a complete understanding of the individual weapon, historically and technically. A routine must be performed that is a minimum of 50 paired moves.
- SINGLE TRACK TRAINING
This option is perfect for the student with an interest in one specific weapon. Instead taking the traditional path to advanced level, with single track training the student can study one weapon progressing though all levels. Using this method of training means you must return to basic for any new weapon.
- TEACHER TRAINING
The process is explained on application of the course. The interested party must hold a minimum of 5 advanced moduals and be endorsed by a teacher and committee.