Don’t be fooled by the serene Zen pictures and yogis in impossible postures practised precariously on rocks near the surf – didn’t their mother ever teach them not to play so close to the waves?
If you are serious (and totally in love) with yoga, you will already know that yoga teaching is a skill. It is backed with understanding, knowledge and a certain humility that comes from self-practise.
With health funds and governments dictating what is good for our health and what is not, as a future yoga teacher, you will need a course that will give you a qualification that will stand up to the test of time.
200 hours, 500 hours, intensive, emersion 4 weeks in Bali (I know, tempting), certified, accredited, registered!! What does it all mean? More importantly, you should be asking yourself…..
What does it mean to me?
Let me walk you through a quick summary of the words associated with yoga teacher training in Australia (which is of a high standard in most cases).
Registered : This is where a yoga school or studio has paid an industry association, such as Yoga Australia to register their course with them. It is basically an ‘honour system’ where the school takes the associations guidelines for a register-able course and promises to uphold it. Associations, such as Yoga Australia have no power to enforce levels or quality of training, however, they will not accept full members without at least 350 hours and 12 months of training. Also it is worth noting that Yoga Australia or any other association does not accredit training.
200, 500 Hours : You will notice that some schools show 200 hours and 500 hours in their course description. This is an American method of training guidelines (Yoga Alliance) that has been adopted by many schools in Australia. It just has a different logo on the completion certificate. Again, Yoga Alliance cannot offer accreditation to training course.
Emersion, Intensive : This is about the way a course is delivered – such as training every day for 4 weeks, getting in as many hours in a short amount of time to get a completion certificate. But if you prefer to take the time to learn, practise, absorb and give your body time to do the same, then I suggest these styles of courses are not for you. Not matter how exotic the location.
Accredited : If you want to ensure that your training is of the highest level you can receive in Australia, then this is the type of course you should be looking for.
What’s the difference?
As mentioned, some advertising of courses say that they offer accredited courses, but unless it is accredited with the Australian Skills Quality Authority for Vocational Training, it is very misleading.
An accredited course means:
- The course has been designed to ensure you get all the skills and knowledge you need to teach yoga safely – safe for you and your future clients.
- The course you will be completing has been designed by accredited trainers. Assessment methods ensure you are treated fairly and are flexible to your learning style.
- You will receive all the information you need to be successful in your new career including what you will need to know “off the mat” – like business studies and communication.
An accreditation also means that the course is nationally recognised. Only a registered training organisation (RTO) can issue a nationally recognised qualification or Statement of Attainment.
So what makes it an Accredited Course?
- The information you study meets industry, enterprise or community needs
- It provides you with clear goals and appropriate outcomes with no surprises when it comes to assessment
- It meets the national quality assurance requirements
- The course content is taught to the appropriate level of the Australian Qualifications Framework that leads to a Nationally Recognised qualification.
How do I find out if a course is accredited?
The first thing you need to look for is a national code, for example 10137NAT Certification IV in Remedial Yoga Teaching. If it does not have a code it is not accredited.
Real Skills for Real Career is a logo of the Australian Government that can only be used for accredited courses.
You can check if your course is accredited by going to the National Training Information Service website. You can use this website to check if a course is accredited by typing in the course code.