Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
CPD Guidelines and Resources to Help Grow and Develop as a Yoga Professional.
What is continuous professional development?
CPD includes activities that develop your knowledge and understanding; experience; skill; or professionalism in yoga teaching.
Undertaking annual CPD ensures:
• Your knowledge and skills stay relevant and up to date
• You continue to explore yoga texts and current research
• You continue to expand your knowledge of safety and best practice
• You are more aware of the changing trends and directions in yoga and related industries
• You continue to maintain a high standard yoga teaching
Yoga Australia’s CPD Policy requires Registered Yoga Professionals to acquire:
- Yoga Teachers – 12 CPD points in each year of membership
- Yoga Therapists – 12 CPD points every year of membership
How to accrue CPD Points:
Points are allocated to actual hours of content (not including lunch or refreshment breaks).
Activities earn different numbers of points depending on whether they are:
- “Core” to yoga teaching
- “Related” to yoga teaching
Points are also scored based on:
- “Contact” (interactive) programs and activities (inclusive of comprehension, quizzes, and other forms of interactive learning)
- “Non-contact” (passive) programs and activities (where there is no interaction required)
The ratio of points to training hours is:
|CPD Category||Point Allocation|
|Contact activities ‘core’ to yoga teaching||1 point for 1 hour of training|
|Contact activities ‘related’ to yoga teaching||1 point for 2 hours of training|
|Non-contact activities ‘core’ to yoga teaching||1 point for 2 hours of training|
|Non-contact activities ‘related’ to yoga teaching||1 point for 4 hours of training (can account for up to 25% of your claim)|
|Attendance at another teacher’s regular yoga class||1 point for 4 hours attendance (can account for up to 25% of your claim)|
|Mentoring/being mentored||1 point for 2 hours (can account for up to 25% of your claim)|
Frequently Asked Questions
You can log your CPD activities as you go using our CPD Tracker (coming soon), located inside your membership portal.
If you’d prefer to track your CPD activities offline, you can use the following form, and upload it to your CPD Tracker when you’ve completed your CPD.
The following evidence is considered acceptable when substantiating an activity within the appropriate CPD category:
- A certificate of completion/attendance form – Issued by the provider of a CPD activity (e.g. a conference, workshop, retreat, etc.) specifying the title/nature of the activity, the date of the activity and the participant’s name.
- If no certificate of completion is available, a receipt issued by the provider of the CPD activity, specifying the title/nature of the activity, the date of the activity and the participant’s name.
- In cases where no certificate or receipt is available, correspondence re acceptance to attend the event, minutes of the meeting indicating your attendance, copies of hand-outs, a short summary of the event or course content.
- In the case of “developing and delivering new programs” – The trainer’s own estimate of required hours, together with the provision of the completed program.
- In the case of “authoring” – The author’s own estimate of required hours, together with a copy of the completed article/book/presentation.
- In the case of personal research – A member’s summary of material read, preferably with ideas reapplication of learning drawn from the research.
- In the case of attendance at another yoga teacher’s regular yoga class – a signed statement from that teacher, verifying this attendance and the number of hours.
- In the case of formal mentoring by another yoga teacher or related professional, a signed statement from that mentor, verifying the type of mentoring, the dates and number of hours.
- In the case of senior teachers who initiate mentoring relationships, a log-sheet or similar documentary evidence of the work involved, indicating hours and dates, the nature of the mentoring relationship and the mentee’s name.
- Where no other evidence is available – the member may choose to submit a statutory declaration of activities undertaken.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD): CPD is defined as any activity or program that develops a member’s knowledge, experience, skill, understanding or professionalism of yoga or of yoga teaching.
Approved Professional Development (APD): APD is a training course that is registered with Yoga Australia.
Hours: Hours mean actual hours spent in the activity – it does not include lunch or refreshment breaks.
Core: Core means fundamental to yoga or yoga teaching, including asana, pranayama, meditation, the study of yogic philosophy, anatomy and physiology, and teaching techniques, including time spent being mentored in these areas.
Related: Related means related to yoga teaching by tradition, relevance or application, including related philosophies and spiritual practices (e.g. Ayurveda or Buddhism), related healthcare modalities (e.g. physiotherapy or Pilates), related exercise sciences (fitness or human movement) and related lifestyle practices (e.g. practice in an ashram).
Contact (Interactive): Contact means face-to-face contact as a participant in a program or activity with specific training outcomes.
Contact (Interactive) time: Contact time includes time spent attending conferences, workshops, seminars, retreats, professional meetings and satsang as a participant. Webinars or other ‘real-time’ online activities can be regarded as “contact” time. Contact time also includes time spent being mentored. However, for most members it does not include time spent acting as a mentor to another teacher or teacher trainee* – this is considered by the Association as time spent in teaching.
*Senior level teachers who have been teaching continuously for more than 25 years may claim their mentoring of students for up to 25% of their CPD.
Non-contact (passive) time: Non-contact time means participating in correspondence, video, DVD, or non-real-time online programs. Non-contact also relates to time spent developing new programs, workshops, seminars, or retreats for other yoga professionals, or in preparing major upgrades to previously offered programs. It also covers time spent in research and authoring. Yoga Australia recognises that members living in rural and remote locations may not have access to contact programs and that some yoga professionals may not find available contact programs suitable for their training or level of experience. Therefore, a range of non-contact activities is also considered acceptable CPD. If a non-contact program offers a means of assessment, such as an exam to measure compliance, it qualifies to be treated, in terms of points accrued, as though it is a contact program.
For example, participating in an online or DVD course on yoga techniques for chronic lower back pain would qualify as a “core” activity but receives points at the “non-contact” level. If, however, the online program allows participants to complete an exam and receive a certificate of completion, then the program would instead qualify as a “contact” activity.
Private Study: Private Study means the serious study and application of substantial texts related to yoga. “Current awareness” reading, such as the reading of journal articles is not classified as “Study”. Members are expected to be able to easily substantiate CPD claims made. In the case of private study, this means that you would be expected to take and keep notes of your studies, preferably with comments about how you expect to apply the learning gained.
Mentoring: Mentoring means hours spent in direct face-to-face correspondence, email, phone or another real-time electronic mode contact with a mentor. Activities undertaken as an outcome of a mentoring relationship should be included in relevant CPD categories elsewhere. Mentors can receive CPD points for the time they spend developing these programs. In the case of workshops, seminars, retreats or mentoring and teacher training, points can be claimed for the first delivery or initiation of the relationship only. These activities attract 1 point for every 2 hours and can account for up to 25% for each activity, up to a maximum of 75% of your total CPD points.
Regular yoga class: Attending another yoga teacher’s regular yoga/meditation class as a participant can be counted as CPD. Note that this activity is considered to be partly personal practice and partly professional development, and hence it attracts a lower number of CPD points than most other CPD activities and is limited to a small percentage of the total CPD claim.
Registered Senior teachers can receive CPD points for time spent developing programs where they:
- Train or mentor other yoga teachers,
- Engage in developing programs, workshops, seminars, retreats, etc.
- Are involved in yoga-related research or authoring.
These activities attract 1 point for every 2 hours and can account for up to 25% for each activity and up to a maximum of 75% of your total CPD points.
In the case of workshops, seminars, retreats or mentoring and teacher training, points can be claimed for the first delivery or initiation of the relationship only.
Refer to Supporting Evidence Requirements
Yes. Yoga Australia requires that Registered Yoga Teachers complete 12 points of CPD every year. In some exceptional circumstances, a senior (level 3) Registered Yoga Teacher who has undertaken more than 100 points of CPD, may apply to have points spread across more than one year.
If you did not undertake any CPD in the past year, you will still be able to renew your membership and receive some membership benefits, but will not be listed as a Registered Yoga Teacher and will not be able to refer to yourself as a ‘Yoga Australia Registered Yoga Teacher’. To regain your ‘Registered Yoga Teacher’ status in a subsequent year, you simply need to complete and provide evidence of meeting the CPD and First Aid requirements for that period. If you could not complete your CPD quota for the year, you may apply for a CPD exemption.
Contact YA via [email protected] to request clarification.
Registered Yoga Teachers who train other yoga teachers, or who are engaged in developing programs, workshops, seminars, retreats, etc., or who are involved in yoga-related research or authoring, can receive CPD points for the time they spend developing these programs. In the case of workshops, seminars or retreats, CPD points can be claimed for the first delivery only and not subsequent deliveries. Authoring and delivering such training attract 1 point for 2 hours. Relevant information must be provided on the CPD reporting form or webpage, and the member if audited must easily substantiate the points claimed.
Yes. Structured reading of major yoga-related texts is considered “research” and qualifies for CPD points as “Non-contact activities ‘related’ to yoga teaching” You would be expected to take and keep notes of this reading, preferably with comments about how you expect to apply the learning gained.
Note that reading of yoga “current awareness” journal articles do not qualify as “research” for the allocation of CPD points.
Yes. 1 CPD point each year can be accrued from First Aid and Mental Health trainings.
We require that registered yoga teachers engage in at-least one First Aid related training per year, whether it’s updating your current First Aid, CPR, or taking a mental health or trauma-sensitive yoga course.
No. Your own regular yoga teaching does not earn CPD points.
The onus always remains on Yoga Australia member to honestly and carefully report their CPD activities. Each year, Yoga Australia will conduct audits of Registered Yoga Teachers’ CPD reporting. Registered Yoga Teachers are expected to be able to readily substantiate the claims made on their CPD return.
Yes, you are required to upload and submit a supporting document.
Only Senior level teachers who have been teaching continuously for more than 25 years and have scaled down their teaching to less than 20 classes per year, with no expectation to increase them again in the future, will only be required to gain 4 CPD points per year.
Non-teaching members can maintain their membership from year to year without meeting the CPD requirements (and at a lower membership cost) by becoming an Associate member. However, it should be noted that Associate members do not have voting rights within the Association or access to Yoga Australia discounted insurance premiums and will not be listed as a ‘Registered Yoga Teacher’.
Your training course may be eligible for Approved Professional Development. Please refer to our APD Policy here.
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