Teacher Training Course Registration

Frequently asked questions


Can I register a teacher training course with Yoga Australia that is shorter than 350 hour ?

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

  1. You need to have a 350 hour or longer course registered with Yoga Australia.
  2. The 200 hour course meets the minimum requirements of Provisional membership in each of the Yoga Australia curriculum areas.
  3. The 200 hour course articulates into the 350 hour or longer course, allowing your teacher trainees to achieve 350 hours of training within the 3 year Provisional membership period.
  4. You provide all the necessary mentoring and support to ensure that your teacher trainees receive at least 12 months of teacher training under supervision.
  5. In every other respect your 200 hour course meets Yoga Australia Provisional membership requirements and is of the highest standard.

How long will it take to approve my course?

The process usually takes 3- 6 months if queries from the Teacher Training committee are responded to in a timely manner.

Can my teacher trainees make up some of their course hours by attending general classes as a student?

Your training course must be a “dedicated” yoga teacher training course. This means that the entire course curriculum, content and delivery is documented and delivered as a yoga teacher training course, and not achieved by your teacher trainees making up curriculum hours by attending general yoga classes unless training based on these is an integral part of the supervised training curriculum.

You may need to provide a timetable of actual teacher training time with your course outline to satisfy the committee of this. (Attendance by a small number of other senior students at some of the advanced training sessions within your course is not necessarily precluded).

How much face-to-face training is required?

Your training course should generally have a minimum of 65% contact hours (face-to-face teaching) with any non-contact hours to be recorded by the student in a journal or equivalent, for which compliance is assessed as part of the course.

Yoga Australia recognises, however, that some distance learning courses may, by necessity, have less contact hours than those indicated above. Such courses are generally required to have substantial mentoring and home learning components. If your course is delivered by distance learning, a lower proportion of contact hours may be agreed by the committee, providing that all non-contact training hours are recorded by the student and appropriately assessed as part of the course. Ideally, courses with substantial non-contact hours will require the student to work with a local mentor/teacher who can supervise their distance learning, reporting back to the course provider or director.

What is the minimum length for a registered teacher training course?

Your principal training course must be of at least 12 months duration, whether full-time or part-time. If your course is shorter than 12 months duration, you must provide a formal mentoring structure to enable your graduates to achieve a period of 12 months under supervision. Please refer to the Yoga Australia Mentoring Guidelines for more information.

What experience do potential trainees require to enrol in our teacher training course?

It is required that trainee applicants have completed at least 12 months personal yoga practice before admission to your teacher training course.

How many training hours are required for our course to be registered with Yoga Australia?

Your principal training course must provide at least 350 hours of training, covering the minimum hours in each of the Yoga Australia Teacher Training Course curriculum areas

What qualifications are required for course trainers?

Yoga Australia Registered Course providers must be themselves or employ a Yoga Australia Senior Registered Teach as principle trainer, unless otherwise be approved by the Yoga Australia Committee. They are responsible for ensuring the standard and delivery of the course meets with our highest training standards. 

If there is to be any change in senior teaching personnel, you must notify Yoga Australia to retain course registration . If your training course is delivered face-to-face in multiple locations (e.g.: around the country), the principal trainer in each location must be a Level 3 Senior member of Yoga Australia, unless otherwise approved by the committee.

Each separate location in which the training course is delivered must be described in your application along with sufficient detail for Yoga Australia to be satisfied of the quality and delivery of the course and principal trainers in each location.  

Additional teachers must be suitably qualified and experienced for the topics they teach and they are under the supervision of the Senior Register Teacher.

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