The title of producer is not “reserved,” as understood in Quebec’s Professional Code. No particular degree is required to exercise this profession. Various types of training – studies in law, administration, film, communications, etc. – can lead to production, and some directors, writers and animators produce while practicing their primary craft.
One of few training programs specific to production is offered by INIS (Institut national de l’image et du son). To be admitted to this program lasting approximately five months and available with film, television, documentary and interactive media focus, a university degree or pertinent experience as a producer is required. Many colleges and universities have film and television programs, but they do not include express preparation for the producer’s job. The following is a partial list of Quebec schools that provide such training.
The Regroupement pour la formation en audiovisuel du Québec (RFAVQ), created in 2003, is a joint initiative of the Association des producteurs de films et de télévision du Québec (APFTQ) and the Alliance québécoise des techniciens de l’image et du son (AQTIS). Its mandate consist mainly in sharing the contributions it receives from employers subjected to the Act to Foster the Development of Manpower Training (known as the “1% Law”), planning and coordinating continuing education designed for people working on independent audiovisual productions in Québec.