Teacher Trainer Qualifications
THE CONVERSATION: What qualifications are necessary to be a trainer of yoga teachers?
WHAT WE LEARNED:
Yoga professionals were divided with respect to requirements for Teacher Trainers, or teachers who train others to be yoga teachers. While differences were prevalent via our survey, the listening tour, the virtual town halls, and the working group sessions, nearly everyone agreed that recently graduated Registered Yoga Teachers (RYTs) are not immediately qualified to be Teacher Trainers.
We saw in our 12,000-respondent survey from early 2018 that with respect to curriculum for Teacher Trainers, there was general consensus among professionals that Teacher Trainers should: have a certain level of expertise, have taught a minimum number of public classes consistently, have assisted other yoga teacher trainings, maintain continuing education hours, and even take a training in pedagogy (or teaching methodology). Read more here.
Standards Review Project Survey: Attitudes and Beliefs of Yoga Professionals and Practitioners Worldwide 2018, Edge Research.
Through the working group specific to Teacher Trainer Qualifications, a few recommendations “rose to the top”, such as:
- Teacher Trainer qualifications needed to be overhauled with “lead” Teacher Trainers being ERYT 500 credentialed
- Yoga Alliance should offer Teacher Trainer courses for Registered Yoga School (RYS) Teacher Trainers at the 200 and 300 levels and should require additional continuing education hours of Teacher Trainers
- Yoga Alliance could create additional credentials to represent experience and expertise of Teacher Trainers – the Lead Teacher Trainer (LTT) at 200, 300, and 500 and the Experienced Lead Teacher Trainer (ELTT) at 200, 300, and 500
To learn more about this working group’s recommendations, please download the Teacher Trainer Qualifications Working Group Paper here. As a reminder, Yoga Alliance brought together a diverse spectrum of expert advisory voices to maximize the perspectives and resources within this area of inquiry. They represented one stream of input in the process, albeit an important stream. We thank them for their participation and dedication.
Note: these working group papers provide expert recommendations to Yoga Alliance and the yoga community for consideration as the Standards Review Project continues. They are not prescribed actions but rather insights from an experienced and dedicated group of subject matter experts. They were written by an independent third party. At this point in time, no decisions have been made regarding standards updates, and we welcome and encourage your feedback and comments regarding the entirety of the SRP process.