APMG India has been approved by the Quality Council of India (QCI) as one of the Certification Bodies to provide examinations and assessments for the Certification of Yoga Professionals.
APMG India has been approved by the Quality Council of India (QCI) as one of the Certification Bodies to provide examinations and assessments for the Certification of Yoga Professionals. The certification is currently available in India with the aim to be rolled out internationally shortly. The Certification for YOGA Professionals will certify the competence of Yoga professionals who provide Yoga lessons.
The certification is aligned with the Scheme for Voluntary Certification of Yoga Professionals (SYCYP) launched by Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India and managed by Quality Council of India (QCI) as a scheme under the Indian Yoga Association (IYA).
“As more and more people practise yoga across the globe there is a growing need for a certification aimed at Yoga teachers and instructors. The Certification of Yoga Professionals will enable yoga practitioners to identity a certified practitioner and be reassured that they will experience a quality yoga experience”, says Richard Pharro, CEO, APM Group.
“The certification has been developed with the Quality Council of India who are committed to applying quality standards to all spheres of activities including yoga.”
This certification scheme has two levels:
· Yoga Instructor Certification – Level 1
· Yoga Teacher Certification – Level 2
Both levels include an objective type written exam, a practical yoga observation and interview (Viva Voce). The certification scheme meets the international quality standard ISO/IEC17024:2013.
The scheme aims to certify Yoga Professionals using the principles of third-party assessment by;
- Defining the competence standards (knowledge and skills) for the Yoga professionals
- Defining the Certification process
- Laying down requirements for competence and operation of assessment bodies.
Benefits to certified Yoga Professionals include;
- Certified level – 2 Yoga Professionals will be deputed by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations to travel to various countries to promote Yoga.
- List of successful candidates (who can teach Yoga) with their details will be displayed on the QCI and Ministry of AYUSH websites.
- Potential Employment Opportunities in Government Schools, Colleges, Yoga Institutions and other Government recruitments in Yoga stream.
- Preference will be given to certified candidates when recruiting Yoga teachers in India.
- The Ministry of External Affairs with facilitate Foreign nationals interested in learning yoga to attended certified Yoga Schools.
About Quality Council of India (QCI)
The Quality Council of India (QCI) is a pioneering experiment of the Government of India to forge partnerships between the government and the Indian industry. The Mission of QCI is to lead nationwide quality movement in India by involving all stakeholders for emphasis on adherence to quality standards in all spheres of activities primarily for promoting and protecting interests of the nation and its citizens. QCI is governed by a Council comprising of 38 members including the Chairman and Secretary General. The Council has an equal representation of Government, Industry and other Stakeholders. http://www.qcin.org/member.php
About the Ministry of AYUSH (Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy
The Ministry of AYUSH was formed in 2014 to ensure the optimal development and propagation of AYUSH systems of health care. Earlier it was known as the Department of Indian System of Medicine and Homeopathy (ISM&H) which was created in March 1995 and renamed as Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) in November 2003, with focused attention for development of Education and Research in Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy.
How to Become Certified
Yoga professionals can become certified through the Scheme for Voluntary Certification of Yoga Professionals (SYCYP) by Quality Council of India (QCI). Examinations are delivered by APMG International. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details of exams.
The following certification bodies are approved by QCI to offer the certification scheme:
QCI (is temporarily acting as a PrCB – Personnel Certification Body)
- APMG India.
- The IYA.
- TQ Cert Services Private Limited (formerly Food Cert India Private Ltd)- a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Projects Ltd.
- The Yoga Organisation of Japan.
- World Association of Yogic Services.
- Professional Quality Management Services.