YogaFaith Continued Education Credit Policy

What Is Continued Education?

Continued education is when an individual returns to informal or formal instruction to remain current in their career, develop advanced skills, train for a new job, earn a degree, certificate or develop a personal interest. There are various types of continued education. We hope this document serves as a guide in continued education as well as advancing your educational journey.

The acronym “CEU” stands for Continuing Education Unit. It is often used interchangeably with CEC, also known as Continued Education Credit. Continuing education programs are intended to promote continued competence, development of knowledge and skills, and enhancement of professional skills and judgment beyond the levels required for entry-level practice or skillset. CEU’s are awarded based on the number of hours spent in a structured educational format. Different education courses provide various lengths of training. When one completes the training, various credits, or units, associated with the length of the course are then achieved. Schools and organizations do not necessarily follow the same formula for calculating a credit hour or unit.

One CEU equals ten contact hours of participation in organized continuing education classes and/or training conducted by a qualified instructor. A contact hour is equivalent to one 60-minute interaction between an instructor and the participant in person. The typical CEU represents contact hours of experience in a structured continuing education experience (class, seminar, retreat, practicum, etc.) that is supervised in some way by a qualified continuing education provider.

YogaFaith® (YF) requires a minimum of 2.0 CEC’s every two years in order to be current with safety standards and to enhance your knowledge in the process. A minimum of 10 hours (1 CEU) must be in person, the other 10 hours can be distant learning or non contact hours. No more than 10 hours (1 CEU) can be non-contact. CEC’s may be obtained with any organization or approved educator. YogaFaith® requires a minimum of two (2) credit hours per calendar year to be issued by YogaFaith®, (4 hours in 2 years).


YogaFaith® Certifications are valid for two (2) years. CECs should be accrued for the current certification cycle and cannot be applied to future cycles. Any CEC’s prior to becoming certified do not count as CEC’s, as ‘Continued Education’ is a new area of study. Renewals can be completed online or by mail. See more details in Recertification Policy and Procedures section below. Only trainers with current and valid YF Certificates will be listed on YF’s website.

The same CEC’s are applicable for multiple certificates.

Continued Education Credits and hours are provided by: Workshops, Courses, Classes, or Self-Study programs with accredited courses in accepted subject areas: Anatomy, Exercise Physiology, Sports Psychology, Nutrition, Kinesiology, and/or Physical Therapy, Yoga Techniques, Specialist Teacher Training, Yoga Philosophy or Teacher Ethics. The methods for learning are very diversified. Continued Education can also be obtained by DVDs, reading a book or taking a distance learning course. YF is the only accredited program where trainers can obtain CEC’s through Leadership and Faith-based conferences, trainings, or virtual book/bible studies that YogaFaith offers. Writing or developing curriculum or articles outside of YF will also achieve CEU’s, see details under Continued Education Courses below.

Professionals who hold more than one YF Certification can apply the same CEC’s to more than one certification for renewal, provided that the subject matter is appropriate for continuing education for all YF Certifications to which the CECs are applied. CPR/AED certificate must be current at the time of renewing any YF Certification.

As a health and fitness professional, you may be presented with a life-threatening event. YF requires its professionals to maintain a current adult CPR/AED certificate, which must include a live, in- person training and skill check.

A CEU cannot be granted for learning events that are less than one hour in length.

Continuing Education Contact Hours are classroom hours in the physical presence of a qualified Continuing Education Provider. One (1) contact hour equals one hour of any of the following activities: Workshops (single session or ongoing series), Yoga Teacher Training, Courses, Discussion or study groups

YogaFaith® provides many Certification Programs and Continued Education Credits both in-person (contact hours) and distantly (non contact hours). All study, calls, webinars and practicum hours should be personally logged as one may obtain more or less than scheduled or projected hours.

YF is registered with other affiliations and not the governing body for other registrations such as Christian Yoga Association, Yoga Alliance or American Council of Exercise. Below is a list of Certifications that YF issues.

    • Registered YogaFaith® Trainer, R-YFT 100 hour [Distant]
    • Registered YogaFaith® Trainer, R-YFT 200 hour [Distant + Immersion]
    • Registered YogaFaith® Master Trainer, R-YFMT 150 hour [Distant]
    • Registered YogaFaith® Master Trainer, R-YFMT 300/500 hour [Distant + Immersion]
    • Registered Trauma Sensitive YogaFaith® Trainer, R-TSYF
    • Registered YogaFaith® 12 Step & Recovery Trainer, R-YF12S
    • Registered YogaFaith® Yin Trainer, R-YFYT
    • Registered YogaFaith®  Meditation and Nidra Trainer, R-YFMN
    • Registered Adaptive YogaFaith® Trainer, R-AYF
    • Registered YogaFaith® Children’s Trainer, R-YFCT
    • Registered YogaFaith® Prison Minister, R-YFPM

YogaFaith® is a Registered 200 and 300 hour School with Yoga Alliance. Registering with the Yoga Alliance is not a requirement to teach yoga. Students completing requirements set forth by the Yoga Alliance are eligible to register in addition to any Registered YogaFaith® Trainer Certification, R-YFT. Completing Yoga Alliance requirements through YF includes; Online Modules, Hands-on Immersion, and Hands-On Specialty Training also known as an Elective.

YogaFaith® is a Registered Christian Yoga Association Master School, R-CYAMS. Registering with the CYA is not a requirement to teach yoga. Students completing requirements set forth by the CYA are eligible to register in addition to any Registered YogaFaith Trainer Certification, R-YFT. Our online programs qualify students to Register with the Christian Yoga Association.

YogaFaith® is an approved Continuing Education Provider for the American Council of Exercise (A.C.E.). All programs may be counted towards required CEC/CEU’s for A.C.E.

Upon completion of YF Distant Programs, one is eligible to register with The Christian Yoga Association and use CEC’s toward American Council of Exercise, Yoga Alliance, or other programs that accept CEC’s.

Distant Learning and Online Education are considered Non Contact Hours


Continuing education hours offered through an online method, or distant learning program, are considered non contact hours, anything not in-person is considered Distant Learning. Continuing Education Non-Contact Hours consist of learning outside of the classroom or without a qualified Continuing Education Provider present. A non-contact hour is earned by completing one hour of any of the following activities: Reading a book or article, watching a video, being a student participant in a webinar or taking an online or correspondence course, receiving remote mentoring, authoring content for public dissemination (e.g., in newsletters, magazines, newspapers, online, CDs, DVDs, etc.), or creating class materials.

YF Distance Learning Programs provide sound biblical doctrine, comprehensive distant continued education, as well as an additional certification(s).


Because there are many online educators, YF encourages you to do your research and due diligence from a reputable school.

For every five hours of non-contact study, which could be studying through yoga books, magazines, DVDs, participating in webinars or online courses, publishing your own work on yoga, or creating class materials, trainers gain one (1) CEU hour or .1 CEU Credit.

YogaFaith® provides many Distant Certification Programs, Continued Education Credit and Non Contact Hours. All study, calls, webinars and practicum hours should be personally logged as one may obtain more or less than scheduled or projected hours. The Certifications below may also include an in-person training, also known as an Immersion, Miracle Immersion, Teacher Training or Intensive, you will see them listed under the contact hour programs as well.

    • Registered YogaFaith® Trainer, R-YFT 100 hour
    • Registered YogaFaith® Master Trainer, R-YFMT 150 hour
    • Registered YogaFaith® 12 Step & Recovery Trainer, R-YF12S
    • Registered YogaFaith® Yin Trainer, R-YFYT
    • Registered YogaFaith®  Meditation and Nidra Trainer, R-YFMN
    • Registered Adaptive YogaFaith® Trainer, R-AYF
    • Registered YogaFaith® Children’s Trainer, R-YFCT
    • Registered YogaFaith® Prison Minister, R-YFPM

Any YF Distant Training Program requires a class demonstration submission so YF sees that the student and future trainer grasped the concepts of the course material.

Our specialty trainings and 100 hour online programs require a minimum of 30 minute instruction. Our Master 150 hour Online Program requires a minimum of 45 minute instruction. These demonstrations are considered to be student’s final and can be a live class or student and camera.

Students may register with the Christian Yoga Association upon completion of YF Distant Programs, as well as obtain CEC’s toward American Council of Exercise, Yoga Alliance, and other programs that accept CEC’s.

YF CERTIFICATION # of Modules CONTACT HOURS NON CONTACT HOURS
Registered YogaFaith® Trainer, R-YFT, 100 hour

Approximately 20 hours are projected per Module. Study and Practicum could lead to considerably more.

5 Approximately 100
Registered YogaFaith® Master Trainer, R-YFMT, 150 hour

Approximately 35 hours is projected per Master Module. Study and Practicum could lead to considerably more. Eligible to Register with the Christian Yoga Association.

4 Approximately 150
Registered YogaFaith® Trainer, R-YFT, 200 hour

Approximately 220 hour certificate.

5 120 100
Requirements for Registered Yoga Trainer, RYT, Yoga Alliance 200 hour. A hands-on Specialty Training is required in addition to a Miracle Immersion to achieve additional contact hours for eligibility. 5 180 20
Registered YogaFaith® Master Trainer, R-YFMT, 300/500 hour Approximately 320 hour certificate. 4 170 150
Requirements for Registered Yoga Trainer, RYT, Yoga Alliance 500 hour A hands-on Specialty Training is required in addition to a Master Immersion to achieve additional contact hours for eligibility. 4 270 30
*Registered Trauma Sensitive YogaFaith® Trainer, R-TSYF 2 40 20
Registered YogaFaith® 12 Step Trainer, R-YF12S 1 30 20
Registered YogaFaith® Yin Trainer, R-YFYT 1 20 20
Registered YogaFaith®  Meditation and Nidra Trainer, R-YFMN 1 20 20
Registered Adaptive YogaFaith® Trainer, R-AYF 1 20 20
Registered YogaFaith® Children’s Trainer, R-YFCT 4 20 20
Registered YogaFaith® Prison Minister, R-YFPM 1 20 20
* YF Trauma Sensitive Certification issues non contact hours for the distant portion, however, certification is only issued after completing a hands on immersion due to the nature of subject.

YF Online Programs are eligible to Register with The Christian Yoga Association. Upon completion of YF Certification requirements, you may also register with our affiliates Yoga Alliance and The American Council of Exercise. All program hours may be eligible as CEC/CEU’s outside of our affiliates by what is called a Petition.

Repeating the same continuing education courses during subsequent renewal periods does not demonstrate continued competence for certified professional and therefore would not be granted towards the certified professional renewal cycle. CEC’s for same courses would only be awarded once. Professional development and continuing education can be achieved from sources other than YF. Such sources could include the following:

  • Workshops, Courses, Classes, or Self-Study programs with accredited courses in accepted subject areas: Anatomy, Exercise Physiology, Sports Psychology, Nutrition, Kinesiology, and/or Physical Therapy, Yoga Techniques, Specialist Teacher Training, Yoga Philosophy or Teacher Ethics. The methods for learning are very diversified. Continued Education can also be obtained by DVDs, reading a book or taking a distance learning course. YF is the only accredited program where trainers can obtain CEC’s through Leadership and Faith-based conferences,trainings, or virtual book/bible studies that YogaFaith® offers. YF offers many free CEC’s such as Mentoring Moments and other subjects.
  • College course completion with a grade of C or higher, with 0.8 CECs awarded per quarter unit and 1.0 CEC awarded per semester unit.
  • Professional presentations can earn up to 0.5 CECs per renewal cycle for the
    research involved in developing the presentation.
  • Authorship of a correspondence course can earn up to 0.5 CECs per renewal cycle
  • Curriculum and Course Development; CEC’s vary; .1-2.0 depending on project
  • Obtaining an accredited fitness-related certification results in 0.5 CECs.
  • Publishing fitness-related articles, book chapters, books, or peer-reviewed journal
    articles can result in a maximum of 0.5 CECs per renewal cycle.
  • Clinical observation of surgical procedures that can enhance the understanding of human systems that relate to the certification can be worth a maximum of 0.2 CECs per renewal cycle.
  • Internships in a fitness or related setting can result in up to 0.2 CECs per renewal
    cycle (for college credit internships, see college course information above).
  • Community outreach in a fitness-related event or similar can result in 0.1 CEC per renewal cycle.
YogaFaith® prides itself on supporting and serving our community before, during and long after certification. Our trainers have invested in YF and YF supports and promotes our trainers to the best of our ability. YF is committed to serving our students and trainers in developing their careers and ministry through teaching opportunities, quality education, advanced certifications, business and ministry opportunities.
  • Discounted insurance: Gain exclusive access to discounted liability insurance through our partner BeYogi. YogaFaith.org/Insurance. YogaFaith® sought out the very best insurance for our trainers, BeYogi not only has the best coverage for the cost, it is solely focused on the practice of yoga teachers.
  • Professional discount program: Receive professional discounts and special offers on YF apparel, educational programs, cec’s, products, services and more.
    • See all our partners at YogaFaith.org/Partners
  • YF website directory, this searchable online directory connects people to our trainers while providing peace of mind to a potential employer or client by allowing them an easy tool for verifying your YF Certification and professional credentials. Only current and valid certified trainers will be listed.
  • YF Ambassadorship is created for leaders, advanced opportunities, travel and enlarged platforms.
  • YF Certification Marks
    • Individuals who have met YF’s Certification standards are authorized to the exclusive use of the following marks issued by YogaFaith®:
    • Registered YogaFaith® Trainer, R-YFT [all hour extensions included R-YFT 100, 150, 200, 300 and 500 hour certifications]
    • Registered YogaFaith® Master Trainer, R-YFMT
      Registered Trauma Sensitive YogaFaith® Trainer, R-TSYF
    • Registered YogaFaith® 12 Step and Recovery Trainer, R-YF12S
    • Registered YogaFaith® Yin Trainer, R-YFYT
    • Registered YogaFaith®  Meditation and Nidra Trainer, R-YFMN
    • Registered Adaptive YogaFaith® Trainer, R-AYF
    • Registered YogaFaith® Children’s Trainer, R-YFCT
    • Registered YogaFaith® Prison Minister, R-YFPM


Individuals granted a YF Certification will be entitled to use YogaFaith®’s Registered marks in
conjunction with the individual’s name to demonstrate this accomplishment provided individuals abide by the YogaFaith® Policies and Procedures adopted by YogaFaith®. It is essential that the marks are displayed in a clear and consistent way. YF’s policies on the use of these marks explain when and how to display them are provided to certified trainers upon completion of their respective certification. YogaFaith® Logo Usage Guidelines and access to the YF Certified logos are available to YF Certified Trainers only. Failure to comply with these policies may result in disciplinary action and/or revocation of certification as well as removal from the YF Directory.

YF Trainers are personally responsible for keeping track of their CEC’s. An individual may choose to track hours every quarter or bi-annually. Keep documentations such as Certificates of Completion or any receipts, in one place so it’s easily referred to. You may then simply submit these at the end of your two year period.

Your YogaFaith® Certification demonstrates your commitment to excellence with an internationally accredited school. Your certification requires completion of the renewal process in order to maintain the credential. Continuing Education activities are intended to promote the development of professional skills, knowledge and judgment. CEC’s are awarded based on the number of hours spent in a structured educational format. YogaFaith® Certifications are valid for two (2) years. CEC’s should be accrued for the current certification cycle and cannot be applied to future cycles. Any CEC’s prior to becoming certified do not count as CEC. Renewals can be completed online or by mail. Only new areas of studies are considered to be continued education. Renewals can be completed online or by mail. YF requires a minimum of 2.0 CEC’s every two years in order to be current with safety standards and to enhance your knowledge in the process. A minimum of 10 hours (1 CEU) must be in person, the other 10 hours can be distant learning or non contact hours. No more than 10 hours (1 CEU) can be non-contact. See details in the YF Continued Education Credit Policy.

With our Trainer Certification Renewals, continuing your journey as a professional and knowledgeable Registered Yoga and YogaFaith®(YF) Trainer, your recertification will not only help you succeed in business and ministry, it will help you safely and effectively lead people to a life of health, wholeness and ultimately closer to God.Registered YogaFaith® Trainers, R-YFT, must comply with the following every two years to renew their YogaFaith® Certifications:

  • Because you may encounter a life threatening event, all trainers are required to hold a current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) certificate. Recommended Programs Include: American Heart Association, American Red Cross and American Safety and Health Institute.
  • Complete a minimum of 10 hours per year of approved CECs (1.0 CEC), a minimum of two (2) hours or two (.2 CEU) a year must be issued by YogaFaith®.
  • Remain in good standing with YogaFaith®.
  • Three easy steps to renew your certificate(s):
  • Certification Renewal Application, include current name and address.
  • Include a copy of the documents that validate your earned CEUs.  Also include a copy of the front and back of your hands-on CPR/AED certificate.
  • Pay appropriate renewal fee as listed on the application.

YogaFaith® Renewal Fee is $100 every two years (200/300/500 hour) and $50 for Specialty Certificates. If you have any questions about maintaining your YF Certification(s), please contact our Educational Services via phone at 253.299.4306, or via email at [email protected]. You may also pay by mail: YogaFaith®, Attention Certificate Renewal, PO BOX 7185 Bonney Lake, WA 98391, along with appropriate renewal fee and documents. We can only process applications with renewals fees that have been paid in full. Please allow 30 days for processing. We will attempt to contact you by email if your application is incomplete. If the application remains incomplete after 30 days, your application will be cancelled and any re-certification fees related to that application will be refunded.

YF extends a professional courtesy of an extension to individuals unable to submit renewal information by their expiration date. Upon written request, there is a 90 day grace period from the time of certificate expiration. During this grace period, the certification is technically expired and the individual is not a current Registered YogaFaith® or Yoga Trainer for the given certification.In these situations, there are penalty fees associated with processing the application. The standard renewal fee is $100 every two years to keep a certificate valid. Individuals submitting renewal applications up to three months past their expired date, will be assessed a renewal fee of $125.00 per late certification, while those submitting renewal information three to six months past their expired date, will be assessed a $150.00 renewal fee per late certification. Renewing a certificate that has expired beyond six months is considered a reinstatement. Renewals and reinstatement requires proof of 2.0 CECs, current CPR/AED certificates, recertification quiz, 30 minute minimum class demonstration video. Reinstating a certificate is $175. Prices quoted are USD.YF offers Canadian Residents a 30% discount on renewal pricing.Reinstatement is only offered one time per certification. Late renewal periods will be activated based upon the original renewal cycle period and not rolled forward from that date renewed. For example, original renewal period is Oct. 15, 2016 – Oct. 15, 2018 and renewed in the grace period on January 1, 2019. The next proceeding renewal period would be Oct. 15, 2018 – Oct. 15, 2020. If certificate expires again after a reinstatement, one would have to redo the course or simply choose a program to gain a valid certification.
The purpose of holding a professional credential is to practice and demonstrate continued competency in a given field therefore it is YogaFaith’s policy not to grant retired, inactive, or emeritus status. If you have questions about renewing an expired certification, please contact our Educational Services via phone at 253.299.4306, or via email at [email protected].