Approved Professional Development Overview
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IAYT Approved Professional Development  
Continuing Education for C-IAYTs

The mission of IAYT is to establish yoga as a recognized and respected therapy.  Achieving this is built on the three pillars of Educational Standards, Accredited Yoga Therapy Training Programs, and IAYT Certification of individual yoga therapists (C-IAYT). IAYT certification represents demonstrated core competencies within a Yoga Therapy professional practice and requires continuing education to maintain and continually advance this level of competency and professional growth. 

The new 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.

Applicants for IAYT APD Provider status must be current IAYT members at the individual or member school level and must maintain active membership throughout their effective APD designation period. The APD Program is beginning with a pilot phase to test the process and improve it for wider availability. During the pilot all provider applicants must already have courses that meet the pilot criteria ready for the Course application process. Provider applications for the pilot closed October 10. Courses are accepted through November 1 and will be reviewed following that date.

Open submission for other courses will begin no later than February 2019.

ALL APD courses must have the following components:

The APD Pilot (mid-September-November 1, 2018)  has the additional requirements of:

  • A primary learning objective that focuses on acquiring a yoga therapy applied skill
  • An evaluation of students’ ability to apply the learned skill
  • A minimum of 25% of content delivered Live In-Person
  • A course length that is a minimum of 12 hours and a maximum of 50 hours

To offer APD Courses, you must:

  1. Be a current IAYT member  [Join now if you are not already a member]
  2. Become an APD Provider (opening again in 2019)
  3. Submit one or more APD Courses for the APD designation

Applying as a Provider

Applications for Provider status are NOW CLOSED.  If you submitted a Provider application for the Pilot program, please use this link to reach the Application Materials page for your course submissions.  Courses from Pilot participants will be accepted until November 1. All courses received during the pilot will be reviewed after November 1. If you have questions please use the Contact Us link to reach us.

Membership in IAYT is open to yoga practitioners, yoga teachers, yoga therapists, health care practitioners who use yoga in their practice, and yoga researchers. If you are already a member of IAYT, thank you for your support of your profession. If you are not yet a member, please consider joining your colleagues! Click here to join so you receive regular updates on IAYT activities.

* A course does not have to be designated APD in order to be used for IAYT CE requirements, as long as it addresses one or more of the IAYT competencies.  APD Courses are easier to claim in the CE process because they have been pre-approved.  Eventually APD courses will be required for Renewal of C-IAYT.