Approved Professional Development (APD) FAQs
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Welcome to the APD FAQs page!

As you encounter questions that are not answered for you here, please use the Contact Us link at the very top right of this screen to send those to us. We will continue to add the most universally relevant ones here.

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What is APD?

How can I become an APD Provider?

Do I need to be a C-IAYT to offer APD?

Does my course qualify for APD?

Are online courses allowed as APD?

I have a course I’d like to submit for APD; where can I apply?

What should I include in the course description?

My course has been approved; how can I promote my course?

Where can I find the APD Service Mark (SM) and Certificate of Completion to use with my APD Course?

How can I update the information for my course within the APD Course Listing?

How do I access the APD Provider Group page?

How do I find APD courses?

I have taken an APD course; how do I receive CE credit?

I took a course in the past that is now approved for APD; can I receive CE credit for the course?

Are APD courses accredited?

 

What is APD?

  • The Approved Professional Development (APD) program supports C-IAYT Continuing Education (CE). A goal of the APD program is to be a source for yoga therapists to search for opportunities for additional training to maintain their core competencies and advance their professional growth. The APD Program provides an avenue to earn continuing education hours in recognized programs that are pre-approved to meet the requirements of C-IAYT renewal.  IAYT members and member schools who list APD Courses on the IAYT website gain visibility and direct access to both the growing population of IAYT Certified Yoga Therapists as well as other IAYT members seeking yoga therapy professional development opportunities.

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How can I become an APD Provider?

  • Anyone with an active IAYT membership may register as an APD Provider. To access the registration form:
  • Log into your member profile
  • In the menu bar at the top of the screen, select Education > Continuing Education > Approved Professional Dev.
  • Click Learn More Here
  • Click Register as an APD Provider
  • Pay the APD Provider Registration fee
  • Once your APD Provider registration has been processed, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to the APD Course application.

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Do I need to be a C-IAYT to offer APD?

You do not need to be an IAYT-certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT) to offer APD courses.  However, to qualify for APD designation, each APD course must have a C-IAYT in an active faculty role. If the APD provider is not a C-IAYT, this requirement may be filled by having:

  • a C-IAYT teach all or a portion of the course
  • a C-IAYT develop all or a portion of the course content

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Does my course qualify for APD?

ALL APD courses must have the following components:

  1. An IAYT member who is the course “Provider”
  2. An active faculty member in all approved courses who is a C-IAYT (this may be the same as the provider)
  3. Clearly described yoga-therapy related content aligned to the Competency Areas of the IAYT Educational Standards and consistent with the IAYT Scope of Practice for Yoga Therapy
  4. Concisely defined learning objectives that support the content
  5. An evaluation of the student’s comprehension of the course content.

  6. Between 1-100 hours of educational content.

  7. Points of contact for course enrollees for technical questions and for content questions.

  8. Learning emphasis aligned with one or more of the following categories: 
  • Ethics
  • Clinical Skills
  • Mentoring
  • Business & Marketing
  • Research Literacy
  • Philosophy
  • Biomedical and Psychological Foundations

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Are online courses allowed as APD?

  • Yes!  Courses may be formatted in one or more of the following 3 ways:
  • Live In-person: This type of learning involves teachers and participants who are gathered concurrently in the same location.
  • Live On-line (Synchronous): Type of distance learning would take place with the teachers and participants being present concurrently and involves live communication. If two-way communication is not available during the presentation, students must be able to contact faculty by phone or email for technical support and content questions.
  • Pre-recorded (Asynchronous): This type of distance learning involves pre- recorded material prepared by the teachers. Students may progress through the work at their own pace, typically following set deadlines. Students must be able to contact faculty by phone or email for technical support and content questions.

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I have a course I’d like to submit for APD; where can I apply?

  • Please review the APD Overview page and Application Materials on the IAYT website.  If you have already registered as a provider, you should have received an email with “Your APD Provider Registration” in the subject line. Click the link in the email to access the course application. If you already have courses approved, you can find the application in the APD Providers : All Providers private group pages.

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What should I include in the course description?

  • Your description should be easy to read, highlight your course’s unique features, and quickly let prospective attendees know what to expect. It helps to use straightforward, consistent language to briefly describe what topics will be covered during the course. Course description is limited to 550 characters including spaces. Ideally, your description will entice people to click on to your website or email for more information. You may browse the APD Course Listing page on the IAYT website for more ideas!

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My course has been approved; how can I promote my course?

  • IAYT promotes the APD program through our social media channels, print publications, e-news, and website. Share these mentions with a note that briefly describes your own offering! Consider targeting your own social media campaigns via audience segmentation to reach potential students who are already interested in material like yours. IAYT also offers a limited number of promotional opportunities in its e-news and print publications, and we are actively exploring new avenues to help providers spread the word.
  • Think about whether your area of expertise aligns with a specific need of healthcare consumers. Although you wouldn’t market your course to a general audience, you might submit an educational blog post for yogatherapy.health. (Use the form on the Contact page of this publicly oriented site.) In your bio, be sure to include your website, or a mention of your course if it’s logical to do so. All submissions are subject to editorial approval, but this could be an additional way of generating interest.
  • IAYT does not limit who may take your courses. Is your offering potentially valuable to healthcare professionals or experienced yoga teachers (who may be exploring the possibility of a full yoga therapist training)? If so, create marketing materials that speak to these specific groups, with language and images that align with their interests; you will likely have more than one “set” of ads to enable a given course to reach different audiences.

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Where can I find the APD Service Mark (SM) and Certificate of Completion to use with my APD Course?

  • The APD Service Mark (SM) and Certificate of Completion can be found in the APD Providers Group page in the IAYT website.  Only those with courses approved may access these tools. Approval is for specific courses (not individual faculty, providers, programs, or schools). Please read the Policy of Use prior to downloading the SM and Certificate.

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How can I update the information for my course within the APD Course Listing?

  • You may easily update information for your course by using the APD Course Update form located in the APD Providers Group page. Most simple changes such as course dates, location, and faculty can be updated free of charge.  Changes to APD Provider name and course will be performed with a $12 update fee.

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How do I access the APD Provider Group page?

  • The APD Provider Group is a private group for providers with one or more approved courses in the APD Course Listing.  To access the group:
  • Sign into your IAYT member account, and go to Manage Profile (on the right side or top of the page)
  • Click Groups, then select  APD Providers: All Providers
  • Review the information on the main page for additional guidance
  • Click Group Pages at the top to see the dropdown menu listing the resources
  • Please remember that the files in this private group are for your use only; don’t share them with anyone else. IAYT APD providers who are active members can access these materials at any time.

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How do I find APD courses?

  • The APD Course Listing can be found by going to IAYT.org. From the top menu bar, select Education > Continuing Education > APD Courses then click the blue Approved Professional Development button.
  • You may use the “filter by” features at the top of the page to search the listing by keyword, dates, location, or category.
  • All courses in the listing contain either a course URL or email address for more information.

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I have taken an APD course; how do I receive CE credit?

  • To obtain credit for an APD course you have completed, return to that course within the APD Course Listing and click Verify Credits. You will be asked to complete a brief survey about the course, and then to upload a certificate of completion. Upon submission, credits will automatically be added to your member profile.

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I took a course in the past that is now approved as APD; can I receive CE credit for the course?

  • You may be eligible to submit APD credits for a course taken in the past that is now approved as APD. To do this, follow the directions in the answer above to submit credits. Since completion of the course occurred prior to the course receiving APD designation, you will need to ask the APD Provider for either a certificate or letter verifying that the course taken was the same as the one currently being offered as APD. Once you complete the survey and upload your document of proof, the credits will be automatically added to your profile.
  • If you are unable to provide documentation that the course is the same as what is currently offered, you may submit your credits as non-APD by following the instructions on the IAYT website under Education > Continuing Education > Submitting your CE Hours.

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Are APD courses accredited?

  • No.  Accreditation is a rigorous process of review reserved only for 800-hour yoga therapy programs.  APD designation is for shorter courses intended for continuing education of yoga therapists.  Courses approved for APD undergo a much briefer period of review.  Therefore, use of the IAYT Accreditation Service Mark (SM) as well as the term “accredited” is not permitted when promoting APD courses.  We suggest using language along the lines of “IAYT approved” and “APD designation” when marketing your APD courses.

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