Course Registration Guidelines

Requirements for registering your course with Yoga Australia

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Registering a 200hr Teacher Training Course

Teachers or organisations whose 350hr teacher training course is registered by the Association may also apply for registration of a preliminary 200hr course teacher training course, which will provide Provisional Yoga Australia membership for graduates.

Yoga Australia will consider registering your 200hr course on the following conditions:

> the 200hr course meets the minimum requirements of Provisional membership in each of the Yoga Australia curriculum areas.

the 200hr course articulates into the 350hr or longer course, allowing your teacher trainees to achieve 350hrs of training within the 3 year Provisional membership period.

> you provide all the necessary mentoring and support to ensure that your teacher trainees receive at least 12 months of teacher training under supervision.

> in every other respect your 200hr course meets Yoga Australia Provisional membership requirements and is of a high standard.

Registering a 350+hr Teacher Training Course

Senior Yoga Australia Registered Teachers (Level 3), and organisations that employ a senior Yoga Australia Registered Teacher as the principal teacher trainer, may apply to the Association for registration of their teacher training course, providing the course meets the requirements for acceptance of its graduates as Full (Level 1) Registered Teacher of Yoga Australia.

Successful course registration requires substantial supporting documentation, including:

> A detailed course outline specifying the topics covered and the hours allocated to each topic.

> An explanation of how these topics/hours match up to the Yoga Australia Teacher Training Course registration curriculum areas/hours.

> How students will be assessed in each area of learning.

> Details of the qualifications and experience of all teaching staff.

> Any other information which may be required to satisfy Yoga Australia that your training course meets its requirements and is of a high standard.

Registering a Post Graduate 150hr Teacher Training Course

The following are the Yoga Australia Guidelines for comprehensive, ‘Further Education for Yoga Teachers’ to further develop their knowledge and skills.

> Further education that meets these guidelines will provide all the required training for a yoga teacher to progress from a 200hr qualification (such as Yoga Australia Provisional Membership) to Yoga Australia Level 1 registered teacher (350hr) status, or from a Yoga Australia Level 1 (350hr) to a Yoga Australia Level 2 – Intermediate (500hr) registered teacher status.

> The course primary teacher will be a Level 3 Yoga Australia registered teacher, or equivalent in exceptional circumstances.

> The course will have stated learning objectives and assessment procedures to determine whether participants have understood the course material. A certificate of successful completion should be issued.

> The proportion of contact hours will be at least 70%, eg: at least 105 contact hours for a 150hr course.

While completion of a Yoga Australia registered Further Training for Yoga Teachers post-graduate program will provide the required hours of training for a yoga teacher to progress from a 200hr qualification (such as Yoga Australia Provisional Membership) to Yoga Australia Level 1 registered teacher (350hr) status, or from a Yoga Australia Level 1 (350hr) to a Yoga Australia Level 2 – Intermediate (500hr) registered teacher status, the required number of total training or mentored hours and, if applicable, the number of years of teaching and personal practice must also be met in order to achieve Level 1 or 2 membership. See the Levels of Membership Curriculum Table.

Registering a Yoga Therapy Training Course

Yoga Australia’s educational standards for the training of yoga therapists are the benchmark for yoga therapy education in Australia and New Zealand. These standards represent the foundational requirements for a program to become accredited to deliver training of an appropriate quality.

Yoga Australia’s educational standards for the training of yoga therapists provide an important pillar for the growth and maturing of the field of yoga therapy in Australia and New Zealand and are aimed at:

> Supporting the professional and vocational development of yoga therapists.

> Establishing yoga therapy as a credible and valued modality within the broader field of integrative healthcare.

> Providing clear guidelines and parameters for schools wishing to deliver credible yoga therapy training.

> Provide a well-recognised and respected accreditation framework and process for yoga therapy education.

> Provide career path guidelines for yoga teachers wishing to further develop their skill and knowledge in the area of yoga therapy.

Further, the standards:

> Emphasise the importance of yoga as the ancient tradition in which yoga therapy is rooted and from which its innumerable healing applications have sprung.

> Acknowledge the hours necessary to teach the competencies as a therapeutic discipline but also the time needed for students to integrate the depth and breadth of the teachings as a personal lifestyle and practice.

> Recognise that to serve the clients of yoga therapy, yoga therapists must be grounded in the foundations of anatomy, basic physiology, and the common terminology of modern healthcare

> Acknowledge that yoga therapists are in relationship with related healthcare professions and the business world more broadly.

These Standards recognise that it is the prerogative of each school to teach from its own unique perspective, and have allowed for flexibility regarding which tools to emphasise within and beyond the required knowledge of certain subjects.

Yoga Australia acknowledges and thanks the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) for its educational standards, upon which some of these standards are based.

While these standards relate to the accrediting of training programs, the credentialing of individual yoga therapists is also related to these standards. Yoga Australia has separately published guidelines and application processes for registration as a yoga therapist.

These standards have five parts, providing the necessary details for the accreditation of programs.

To ensure that students undertaking a Yoga Australia Registered Yoga Therapy Training Program have a solid foundation in the principles and practices of yoga and appropriate qualifications in yoga teaching, the following minimum prerequisite admission requirements must be met, prior to enrolment in the yoga therapy program.

It is the responsibility of the school delivering the yoga therapy program, to ensure these requirements are met and to provide evidence to this effect when applying for accreditation.

Pre requisite

Detail

1. Yoga teacher training

Minimum –  Yoga Australia Level 1 (350hr) Registered Yoga Teacher, or equivalent.

2. Teaching experience

Minimum of 2 years and at least 300 hours regular yoga teaching, up to 1 year or up to 150 hours of which may be concurrent with Yoga Therapy training.

3. Personal practice

Minimum 2 years of regular practice.

4. First aid

Current First Aid certificate as required for all Yoga Australia registered yoga teachers.

Registering a Short Course (50 Hours)

Yoga Australia Guidelines for Short Courses are intended for already qualified yoga teachers to further develop their training and experience (speciality courses). Currently Yoga Australia registers the following short course:

> Teaching Yoga to Children

> Teaching Pre/Post Natal Yoga

General guidelines for registration are as follows:

> The course co-coordinator will generally be a Level 3 Yoga Australia member except where a Level 2 Yoga Australia member can demonstrate significant experience in the speciality course area to the satisfaction of the Yoga Australia committee and be supervised by a Level 3 Yoga Australia member.

> The course will have stated learning objectives and assessment procedures to determine whether participants have understood the course material and have achieved the requirements of the course. A certificate of successful completion should be issued.

> The proportion of contact to non-contact hours will generally be at least 70%, e.g. at least 35 contact hours for a 50-hour course.

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