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What is the Scheme for Voluntary Certification of Yoga Professionals?

Voluntary Certification of Yoga Professionals

With the support of the Ministry of AYUSH, the Scheme for Voluntary Certification of Yoga Professionals is introduced by the Quality Council of India. This certification is done by independent third party personnel certification bodies duly accredited as per international standard ISO 17024 by NABCB. Yoga has been practised in different parts of the world irrespective of whether rural or urban area. Recently, the Ministry of AYUSH through Central Council for Research in Yoga & Naturopathy (CCRYN), an autonomous organization under this Ministry has implemented One Month Yoga Camp Programme in all the districts of the country to celebrate International Day of Yoga from 21st May to 21st June, 2016 which indicates that people from rural or urban areas have attended this Yoga camp in a large number. The main purpose of this document is to define the process of certification of Yoga Professionals under the Scheme for Voluntary Certification of Yoga Professionals to promote uniformity in its implementation among the Personnel Certification Bodies (from now on PrCBs), the Yoga Professionals seeking certification, the national accreditation body, the National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB), and QCI, the Scheme owner.

For the purpose of this Scheme, scope of certification is being categorized as follows; Level 1 – Yoga Instructor Certification Level 2 – Yoga Teacher Certification Level 3 – Yoga Master Certification Level 4 – Yoga Acharya Certification However the current certification process is applicable only to Level 2 – Yoga Teacher certification and the requirements for other levels will be added whenever the other levels of certification are launched.

For the purpose of assessment under this Scheme, individual persons are certified as Yoga professionals for teaching Yoga either as a self- employed or as an employee of a Yoga teaching/training institution. The Certification Criteria against which the competence is to be evaluated includes the competence standard and the evaluation criteria for Yoga Professionals.

The applicant, along with the application, declares any pending judicial proceedings relating to his conduct, and any pending proceedings by any regulatory body and application from such an applicant shall not be entertained. The applicant shall also declare any instances of discomfort /disability caused to any of his students in the past 2 years.

The applicant shall apply to the approved PrCB on the Application format prescribed by the PCB, and provide as a minimum information on the name and address of applicant with contact details, details of education, training and work experience supported with evidence and the desired scope for which certification is being sought along with the language in which he wishes to be evaluated. The applicant shall also declare basic medical fitness in a standard format.

All applications, which are dully complete shall be registered within 7 days of receipt of application/additional information, in order of receipt with a unique identification number, acknowledged and records maintained. Registration shall be done if found complete.

PrCB shall reject or close all Application under the following conditions:

  • If deficiencies observed in the application are not completed within one month
  • If the applicant does not take the evaluation within 3 months of registration of application
  • Misuse of the certification mark, if any
  • Evidence of malpractice
  • Voluntary withdrawal of the application


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