The Moniteur level is a professional level fencing certification that is designed primarily for those wishing to teach or coach fencing in club, community and school programs without direct supervision. They give group classes and individual lessons to recreational beginners and up to intermediate level fencers that compete. The minimum age for a Moniteur candidate is 18.

A Moniteur candidate should know how to care for personal fencing equipment, teach correct technical execution of various types of footwork, blade work (simple actions, compound actions, parries, counter attacks) and be familiar with basic fencing theory and tactics.

This level of certification is achieved by first passing a written online examination. Then the candidate will schedule an oral and practical examination under the supervision of:(a) two USFCA Fencing Prévôts who are board certified examiners; (b) one USFCA Prévôt in the same weapon of the candidate, if the Prévôt is a board certified examiner and also holds a Master Diploma in another weapon; or one USFCA Fencing Master who is a board certified examiner. Fencing instructors can receive Moniteur certification in one weapon, two weapons or all three weapons. Each weapon is tested separately.

The Moniteur practical exam may be taken from remote, via internet, if no eligible examiners are available within a range of approximately 300 miles (one-way) from the official place of residence of the candidate. The examination must be taken in real time via internet connection. Candidates who qualify for taking the Moniteur practical examination from remote should contact their regional USFCA Vice President, who, in turn will contact the Chair of CAB. Examiners for the Moniteur practical examination from remote must obtain prior approval from CAB before administering the examination. The cost for practical exams is:

  • $50 for each weapon

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