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IAYT Certification Exam: Phase 1 Complete

Monday, September 7, 2020  
Posted by: IAYT Administration
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As we all continue the work of establishing yoga therapy as a respected modality, IAYT is doing its part by ensuring the value and meaning of the C-IAYT credential. The IAYT-Certified Yoga Therapist Exam will verify essential competencies and provide recognizable transparency about the skill and training of yoga therapists for the public, potential referrers, employers, and others.


Over the past year, more than 1,000 C-IAYTs have lent their expertise to this effort through online and in-person meetings as well as by answering an extensive survey about the knowledge needed by yoga therapists. With this invaluable input, our test-development partner, Kryterion, has helped us to complete the initial development phase of the IAYT Certification Exam.


More About the Process

A Job Task Analysis* and Exam Blueprint, part of a larger comprehensive report, are now available for all IAYT members to review. These documents are the basis for the next phase of exam development—writing the actual questions. A team of more than 20 subject matter experts (SME), recruited from among all C-IAYTs who are not themselves faculty in Accredited Programs, will continue to work with Kryterion during the coming year to create questions. After that, exam beta-testing begins!


The Job Task Analysis and Exam Blueprint resulted from a series of in-depth meetings, some taking place over multiple days, with yoga therapists from diverse practice backgrounds. One goal of these meetings was to develop the extensive survey that was emailed to all C-IAYTs earlier in 2020. A total of 948 respondents completed the survey, vastly exceeding the minimum statistical sampling requirements for a population of this size.


This response from our engaged membership helped to identify the five knowledge and skill domains to be covered by the exam. (The Exam Blueprint offers more detail on the competency areas the exam will seek to assess.) These domains are consistent with the competencies in the IAYT Educational Standards for the Training of Yoga Therapists:

  1. Yoga foundations
  2. Biomedical and psychological foundations
  3. Yoga therapy tools and therapeutic skills
  4. Yoga therapy practice (i.e., clinical practice)
  5. Professional practice

Next Steps

We are not currently accepting applications for additional SMEs for question-writing, but you are welcome to indicate your interest or provide additional feedback by submitting a Contact Us form. IAYT represents yoga therapists from across the globe with diverse cultures, lineages, practice settings, abilities, and backgrounds—we need input from all sectors so the exam will represent these perspectives.


We also gratefully accept donations large or small to help fund the $100,000 cost of the exam’s development.


We expect to launch the exam in late 2021. Initially, the IAYT-Certified Yoga Therapist Exam will only be used for those who apply for the C-IAYT credential through the Portfolio Review & Evaluation (PR&E) program. IAYT will work closely with Accredited Programs to determine how and when the exam will be required for future students. (Those currently enrolled in Accredited Programs will not be required to take the exam to receive C-IAYT certification, as programs will likely need 2 to 3 years of lead time to build preparation into their curricula.)


Read a Summary of the Job Task Analysis Review the Exam Blueprint


*A job analysis study is a systematic process for collecting information regarding a profession, occupation, or job role to identify the essential job duties and associated knowledge or skills required for competent performance.