Certification Eligibility
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Eligibility for IAYT Certification
as a Yoga Therapist


Applications for IAYT certification as a yoga therapist (C-IAYT) are expected to be ready by June 2016.


All applicants for IAYT certification (C-IAYT) must be current IAYT members and agree to the IAYT Code of Ethics and Grounds for Disciplinary Action (note that these documents have been published as interim documents and will be complete by the time the application form becomes available).

IAYT members may apply who are either:

• Graduates of IAYT accredited yoga therapist training programs, or

• Eligible for grandparenting with formal training and experience, or

• Eligible for grandparenting as a seasoned yoga therapist

The IAYT Eligibility Pathways Chart provides a quick snapshot of the three Pathways for becoming certified and their requirements. Visit the Grandparenting page and review the Rules for more details and information on how to qualify under one of the Grandparenting Pathways.

Critical Dates

Here are some critical dates to keep in mind:

June, 2016 - Expected release of applications for all three pathways

June, 2017 – End of acceptance of Grandparenting applications (Acceptance of applications for certification from graduates of IAYT accredited programs will be continuous)

January 1, 2008 – if applying under Grandparenting Pathway 2 as a seasoned yoga therapist you must have begun practice prior to this date

January 1, 2014 – if applying under Grandparenting Pathway 1 with formal training, you must have begun your formal yoga therapy training program prior to this date

January 1, 2017 – all requirements for application under either Grandparenting Pathway must be completed by this date – OR by the date you submit your application, whichever comes first.

For graduates of IAYT accredited programs, your graduation date must be AFTER the program’s date of IAYT accreditation.

All C-IAYT candidates must:

  • Be current IAYT members
  • Complete the online application (available by June 1, 2016)
  • Agree to the IAYT Code of Ethics
  • Submit required supporting evidence
  • Pay the $250 application fee (Certification is good for 3 years)

Begin Preparing Now

There are a number of things yoga therapists can do NOW to prepare for applying for certification.

Become an IAYT member, if you're not already a member. All applicants must be current IAYT members and new information is released to members as it becomes available.

• Educate yourself about IAYT's self-regulatory efforts of our emerging profession, which include the development of educational standards for the training of yoga therapists, accreditation of yoga therapist training programs that meet those standards, and ultimately the certification of individual yoga therapists. See below for a list of resources.

• Find out which yoga therapist training programs have achieved IAYT accreditation, and examine the structure of these programs and how they meet IAYT Educational Standards for the Training of Yoga Therapists. Check the list of approved programs regularly for an up-to-date list, and inquire with individual schools to learn if they have applied for IAYT accreditation or plan to do so.

• If you are applying under Grandparenting, begin to gather documentation of your yoga therapist training and experience. The example tables within the Grandparenting Rules provide more detail to help you. You will want to be as complete as possible when documenting education/training dates and locations, and the evidence you will submit to support these, such as a diploma or certificate. If you attended formal yoga therapist training programs prior to IAYT Accreditation, review the Grandparenting Rules to understand more about how to document your training hours. Keep specific records of your clinical experience as a yoga therapist and as an educator of yoga therapists.


Educational Resources About

Accreditation and Certification