Eligibility for Portfolio Review & Evaluation (PR&E)
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Eligibility Criteria

The following summarizes the conditions under which you may qualify for IAYT Certification through the Portfolio Review and Evaluation (PR&E) Process. Full details are in the Application Resources which includes a PR&E Guide, Appendices with samples of all application materials, and downloadable forms to submit with your application. You must review the Application Resources prior to applying.

You must meet the criteria below to qualify through PR&E.  If you have questions about whether your experience and education meets these, use Contact Us on our website to reach the Certification Team.

  • You have completed at least 200 hours of yoga teacher training AND
  • You have completed at least 650 hours of yoga therapy education that started at least 5 years prior to date of application AND
  • You have at least 20 hours of mentored practice as a yoga therapist-in-training and/or yoga therapist AND
  • You have at least 200 hours of practice (with clients and/or as a faculty member) over the past 2 years AND
  • You have at least 400 additional hours of client contact practice as a yoga therapist


The PR&E process is intended to facilitate certification for candidates who:

  • are actively practicing
  • have significant yoga therapy education and extensive yoga therapy practice experience
  • are not candidates for an accredited program, and
  • qualify under a rigorous system for certification


The educational standards for completion of an accredited program represent the profile of a well-trained generalist yoga therapist. Successful applicants for certification through PR&E will meet or exceed these requirements. It is not uncommon in the process of a profession's maturation to maintain a narrow pathway to certification for alternate education and experience.

The initial PR&E is a pilot project that will remain open for 6 months through April 2020. We will then close for new applications while the process is reviewed with a probable re-opening of a refined PR&E. The concurrent development of the IAYT Certification Exam is expected to be complete in 2021 and will be part of the PR&E process once available.

If you have questions, use the Contact Us link to send them to the Certification Team. Questions will be answered by email only for consistent messaging.