Yoga Teaching Courses

Yoga is one of Australia’s largest growing fitness activities. It has expanded into gyms, retreats, health resorts, schools, care homes and yoga studios creating a high demand for teachers. 

The industry continues to expand in areas of niche services, such as yoga for special needs and other life stages such as seniors and children. 

Our college offers two nationally accredited courses in yoga teaching.

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CERTIFICATE IV in Yoga Teaching

National Course Code: 10696NAT

Course Overview

The Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching is your first step into teaching yoga. This national qualification allows you to be a ‘yoga teacher’. You will learn to plan, organise and conduct yoga classes to groups of clients.

What do you learn in a Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching?

The Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching course will prepare you to:

  • Establish client relationships
  • Develop your own yoga practice
  • Monitor a client’s yoga technique and development
  • Provide yoga teaching to groups of clients
  • Recognise healthy bodies
  • Apply anatomy and physiology to yoga teaching
  • Undertake small business planning and manage compliance
  • Deliver first aid.

Some of the topics you will study include:

  • Client relationships
  • Health and Safety
  • Partnerships
  • The Yoga Business
  • Personal Practice
  • Anatomy and Yoga
  • Yoga Teaching
  • Healthy Bodies
  • Yoga Classes

Job Outcomes

The job outcomes for this course are:

  • Yoga teacher in gyms or studios. The teacher may be self-employed or contracted by a larger company
  • Yoga studio owner/manager
  • Program Coordinator

The program outcomes for this course are:

  • At this level, yoga teachers will be equipped with the essential components to understand the yoga asanas (physical postures of yoga), differences in yoga styles, anatomy, ethics, philosophy of yoga teaching and risks associated with opening a yoga business. After attainment graduates of the Certificate IV Qualification can register as a Level 2 (intermediate level) accredited teacher with Yoga Australia or the International Yoga Teachers Association.

Click here to download the Units of Competency for this course

The learner group for this qualification are people wishing to gain a qualification in order to work as a yoga teacher providing support to groups of individuals within a studio setting or those wishing to open their own small business.

The learner group are those who require a structured, classroom based program with significant practical experience.

This is an entry level course and no previous skills in yoga teaching are necessary. Experience of the yoga industry is preferred but not essential.

Entrants must have:

  • Sufficient level of language, literacy and numeracy levels in order to interpret documents, learner guides and assessment tools, prepare written reports and plans. For more information please view our English Requirements Factsheet.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills in order to establish and manage professional networks and client relationships with clients of various ages and backgrounds.

The learners’ physical attributes may influence their ability to complete the training and assessment. Assessment and training requires students to be physically capable of performing a range of yoga activities. Manual handling is also required.

Students need to be able to relate to clients of differing ages and backgrounds, have a keen interest to assist students to learn to yoga, have good problem solving skills, sound literacy and numeracy skills, be enthusiastic, tactful, patient and have a sense of humour.  

The course is aimed at students 18 years of age and over.

This program is timetabled for 805 hours over a course duration of 52 weeks  This time is divided into both training (on campus and self-paced, distance) and assessment. Students will be required to attend the campus for 135 hours per term and engage in self-paced study of 65 hours per term. A term is typically 10 weeks.

The amount of training component is estimated at 80% of the students overall learning (640 hours) and the remaining 20% (160 hours) is attributed to assessment. If required, students have the option to further extend their training hours with additional catch up classes, study groups and resits as published in the timetable.

The volume of learning refers to the total amount of time that a student would be expected to dedicate to successful completion of the course. It includes the structured part of the course as defined above, as well as the self-study, research and practicing of skills that a student would do in their own time.  The total Volume of Learning is estimated at 1205 hours (805 structured hours and 400 unstructured). Some students may find that they need more study time and others will find that they can achieve the required level of knowledge and skills in less time than this estimate.

Training and Assessment

Your class room learning will take place in both theory classrooms and studios. This means your classes will have similar equipment, educational and physical resources to those you will find in a yoga studio.

Where possible, students will be allocated to different studios throughout their course, in order to experience different levels of facilities and resources.  This will mean that students are able to modify their yoga classes based on the facilities available to them.

In your classes you can expect to take the role of student and instructor, engage in roleplays, create yoga classes and simulate learning activities that you will then put into practice in the workplace.  You will learn and develop your knowledge to plan for your students’ care.   

In addition, you will be required to undertake self-paced learning and submit written assessments. A number of practical and skills based assessments will be undertaken in class.

A first aid course is also part of this qualification.

Practical classes

You will undertake over half of your timetabled study program in a studio. In this practical you will be learning and practicing the skills you will be able to use in your own workplace. In order to successfully complete this component of your study, you will have to successfully complete a range of practical tasks and a practical exam.

Training locations

Your training will occur on campus and within studio.
Please refer to course timetable for the campus locations.

Student Support

The primary learning support comes from Student Services or the training and assessment team.
Student Advisors offer support throughout a learner’s studies and can help with the following information:

  • Support services
  • LLN services (in collaboration with the Training and Assessment team)
  • Legal services
  • Emergency and health services
  • Facilities and resources
  • Complaints and appeals processes
  • Deferments

Additional sources of student services information available includes:

  • Student Services Booklet
  • ALG Student Handbook
  • Online Student Centres – found on our websites
  • Plus a variety of individual factsheets, flyers or electronic messages
  • All students need to wear appropriate yoga attire during practical classes so that Trainers and Assessors can assess and correct student’s posture and alignment.
  • All students are required to bring their own laptop or tablet device to participate in all theory classes. They are not provided for students. Refer to the BYOD Policy in the student handbook.

Click here to download the Timetable for this course

Quick Facts

QUALIFICATION ACHIEVED

10696NAT – Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching

DURATION

Full Time 12 months
(4 Terms x 10 Weeks)

JOB OUTCOMES

Yoga Teacher, Yoga Studio Owner/Manager, Program Coordinator

COURSE FEES

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DIPLOMA of Yoga Teaching

National Course Code: 10697NAT

Course Overview

The Diploma of Yoga Teaching allows you to progress and develop your yoga career. This national qualification allows you to be an advanced yoga teacher. You will deepen your yoga skills and knowledge, learning specialised skills to work with individuals at various life stages and those with special needs and chronic conditions.

What do you learn in a Diploma of Yoga Teaching?

The Diploma of Yoga Teaching course will prepare you to:

  • Conduct yoga lifestyle assessments
  • Develop advanced teaching techniques
  • Adapt yoga for different life stages, conditions or special needs
  • Undertake research
  • Provide advice on nutrition
  • Apply advanced anatomy and physiology to yoga teaching
  • Undertake small business planning and manage compliance
  • Extend your personal practice
  • Deliver first aid.

Some of the topics you will study include:

  • Advanced Teaching Techniques
  • Yoga Lifestyle Assessments
  • Yoga for Life Stages
  • Yoga for Special Needs
  • Yoga for Chronic Disease
  • Research
  • Nutrition
  • Yoga Philosophy
  • The Yoga Business

Job Outcomes

The job outcomes for this course are:

  • Yoga teacher in gyms, studios. The teacher may be self-employed or contracted by a larger company,
  • Yoga studio owner/manager
  • Specialist yoga teacher working within niche markets e.g. different life stages, special needs, advanced techniques and chronic conditions.

The program outcomes for this course are:

  • At diploma level, the qualification offers comprehensive training into advanced yoga teaching techniques. Those qualified, will have the specialised skills needed to work with individuals at various life stages, tailor classes for special needs or offer a deeper teaching practice into pranayama (breath work) and meditation. Graduates of the Diploma qualification may be eligible to become an accredited senior teacher with Yoga Australia or the International Yoga Teachers Association (subject to length of time they have been in the industry).

Additional outcomes include:

  • The attainment of an Advanced First Aid Certificate.

Preparation for further study and vocational skills with development of study and research skills, language and literacy skills, communication skills, time management, planning and managing projects, interpersonal skills and the development of techniques.

Click here to download the Units of Competency for this course

The learner group for this qualification are people wishing to gain a qualification in order to work as a specialised yoga teacher.

The learner group are those who require a structured, classroom based program with significant practical experience.

Prerequisites for entry into the course requires that students must have attained the ten core units from Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching, which are:

CHCCOM006       Establish and manage client relationships

CHCLEG003         Manage legal and ethical compliance

HLTWHS004        Manage work health and safety

HLTAAP001         Recognise healthy body systems

CHCPRP003         Reflect on and improve own professional practice

HLTAID003          Provide first aid

YOGTCH001        Develop and maintain yoga practice

YOGTCH002        Plan and organise yoga classes

YOGTCH003        Teach basic yoga techniques

YOGTCH004        Apply anatomy and physiology to yoga teaching

Entrants to the Diploma of Yoga Teaching must:

  • Sufficient level of language, literacy and numeracy levels in order to interpret documents, learner guides and assessment tools, prepare written reports and plans. For more information please view our English Requirements Factsheet.
  • Have good communication and interpersonal skills in order to establish and manage professional networks and client relationships with clients of various ages and backgrounds.
  • Be over 18 years of age; and
  • Meet the requirements for working with children in the relevant Australian State/Territory.

The learners’ physical attributes may influence their ability to complete the training and assessment. Assessment and training requires students to be physically capable of performing a range of yoga activities. Manual handling is also required.

Students need to be able to relate to clients of differing ages and backgrounds, have a keen interest to assist students to learn to yoga, have good problem solving skills, sound literacy and numeracy skills, be enthusiastic, tactful, patient and have a sense of humour.

This program is timetabled for 805 hours over a course duration of 52 weeks  This time is divided into both training (on campus and self-paced, distance) and assessment. Students will be required to attend the campus for 135 hours per term and engage in self-paced study of 65 hours per term. A term is typically 10 weeks.

The amount of training component is estimated at 80% of the students overall learning (640 hours) and the remaining 20% (160 hours) is attributed to assessment. If required, students have the option to further extend their training hours with additional catch up classes, study groups and resits as published in the timetable.

The volume of learning refers to the total amount of time that a student would be expected to dedicate to successful completion of the course. It includes the structured part of the course as defined above, as well as the self-study, research and practicing of skills that a student would do in their own time.  The total Volume of Learning is estimated at 1285 hours (805 structured hours and 480 unstructured). Some students may find that they need more study time and others will find that they can achieve the required level of knowledge and skills in less time than this estimate.

Training and Assessment

Your classroom learning will take place in both theory classrooms and studios. This means your classes will have similar equipment, educational and physical resources to those you will find in a yoga studio.

Where possible, students will be allocated to different studios throughout their course, in order to experience different levels of facilities and resources.  This will mean that students are able to modify their yoga classes based on the facilities available to them.

In your classes you can expect to take the role of student and instructor, engage in roleplays, create yoga classes and simulate learning activities that you will then put into practice in the workplace.  You will learn and develop your knowledge to plan for your students’ care.

In addition, you will be required to undertake self-paced learning and submit written assessments. A number of practical and skills based assessments will be undertaken in class.

A first aid course is also part of this qualification.

Practical classes

You will undertake over half of your timetabled study program in a studio. In this practical you will be learning and practicing the skills you will be able to use in your own workplace. In order to successfully complete this component of your study, you will have to successfully complete a range of practical tasks and a practical exam.

Training locations

Your training will occur on campus, and within a studio.
Please refer to course timetable for the campus locations.

Student Support

The primary learning support comes from Student Services or the training and assessment team.

Student Advisors offer support throughout a learner’s studies and can help with the following information:

  • Support services
  • LLN services (in collaboration with the Training and Assessment team)
  • Legal services
  • Emergency and health services
  • Facilities and resources
  • Complaints and appeals processes
  • Deferments

Additional sources of student services information available includes:

  • Student Services Booklet
  • ALG Student Handbook
  • Online Student Centres – found on our websites
  • Plus a variety of individual factsheets, flyers or electronic messages
  • All students need to wear appropriate yoga attire during practical classes so that Trainers and Assessors can assess and correct student’s posture and alignment.
  • All students are required to bring their own laptop or tablet device to participate in all theory classes. They are not provided for students. Refer to the BYOD Policy in the student handbook.

Click here to download the Timetable for this course

Quick Facts

QUALIFICATION ACHIEVED

10697NAT – Diploma of Yoga Teaching

DURATION

Full Time 12 months
(4 Terms x 10 Weeks)

JOB OUTCOMES

Yoga Teacher, Yoga Studio Owner/Manager, Specialist Yoga Teacher

COURSE FEES

Download Pricelist

FAQ's

What style of Yoga will I learn?

Students teaching practice will follow the Hatha lineage, however over the duration of the course, students will experience the vastness of yoga styles and training’s.

Can I become accredited as a Yoga instructor?

Yes, our courses are mapped to both Yoga Australia, Yoga Alliance and Yoga International standards. This means all our graduates can register as a teacher upon completion.

For Yoga Australia membership is offered at different levels:

  • Provisional Members have completed a min 200 hours of yoga teacher training, but less than 350 hours.
  • Level 1 Members have completed a min of 350 hours of yoga teacher training.
  • Level 2 Members have completed a min of 500 hours of yoga teacher training and have been teaching for 5 years.
  • Level 3 Senior Members have completed a min of 1000 hours of yoga teacher training and have been teaching for 10 years.  Only Senior members can register teacher training courses with Yoga Australia.

Upon completion of a standard 200 hour teacher training, a student would enter at a provisional level. However at completion of the Certificate IV a student with no prior teaching experience would be considered a level 1 member.

If a student has 5 years prior teaching experience they would then become a level 2 teacher.

This information was correct at time publication. We recommend students contact the respective Associations for the very latest details of their membership that may have been updated since this information was published.

Does the course help me establish myself as a Yoga practitioner?

Not only does the course equip students with the skills and knowledge to excel in the yoga industry,  our class subjects also require engagement with outside yoga studios, teachers and workshops.

The college provides a list of free yoga opportunities and community programs which allow students the time to build rapport with other practitioners and establish a strong yoga network by completion of their course.

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