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Welcome to the IAYT Accreditation Process!

IAYT accreditation is a voluntary process designed for IAYT member schools who seek accreditation of their yoga therapy training programs that meet the IAYT Educational Standards for the Training of Yoga Therapists.

The accreditation process is demanding and requires a deep commitment. IAYT provides application support while maintaining a fair and objective process. The ways IAYT provides support includes the following:

  • an annual accreditation workshop at SYTAR on the IAYT website
  • downloadable documentation templates and educational documents available on the IAYT website
  • scheduled group document orientation and overview webinars
  • live Q&A sessions for applicants 
  • audio and video copies of webinar content available to webinar participants - coming in 2019!
  • multi-media FAQs - coming in 2019!
  • individual documentation follow-up calls with applicants, recorded and provided to the applicant 

A Multi-Step Approach to Accreditation

Before beginning the accreditation process, potential applicants are strongly advised to complete the pre-application readiness assessment. This self-evaluation is a tool designed to help you determine your level of preparedness for accreditation.  The rigorous process of accreditation will only be successful if your school and program are ready. 

Once you have determined that you're prepared to proceed with the accreditation process, the next step is to submit a Letter of Intent via a web-based form during the designated submission periods. Following the submission of a Letter of Intent, a potential applicant receives an email with information about their submission, and may be scheduled in a group or individual  conference call with Accreditation staff to discuss the potential applicant's submitted documents to determine their ability to submit a completed application in the next 12 months.

If the applicant is ready to begin developing their application documentation, he or she will be given an application packet that includes documentation templates and other supporting information. Otherwise, they LOI will be closed until the applicant is ready to submit at a future time.   

Submission Periods

In 2018, IAYT accepts completed Letter of Intent submissions:

  •  Jan 3- Feb 28
  • July 5- Aug 30

In 2018, IAYT accepts completed applications:

  • October 15th – November 15th
  • March 15th – April 15th 

In 2019, IAYT will be accepting completed Letter of Intent submissions ONCE, after the 2019 standards are finalized and introduce to the public, currently scheduled for SYTAR 2019. Applicants submitting LOIs in 2019 will be submitting under those standards. We anticipate that the LOI window will occur in early fall 2019. We strongly encourage all applicants submitting under the new standards to make arrangements to attend the 6+ hour Accreditation Workshop at SYTAR 2019 prior to the MOS in order to be thoroughly familiar with the standards before applying. 

In 2019, IAYT will be accepting completed applications ONCE, for applicants who have submitted an LOI by the fall 2018 LOI window. These and all previous applicants will be submitting under the 2017 standards. We anticipate this window to be open in mid 2018, subject to change.  

The 2020 LOI and application window is to yet finalized. 

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