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Establishing Standards for Ayurvedic Education in the USA

BACKGROUND
In the past five years, the growing demand for Ayurvedic education in the USA has stimulated the establishment of more than 50 Ayurvedic training programs, created mostly by yoga practitioners and Ayurvedic program graduates.

With no unifying educational standards for content or scope of practice, graduates of Ayurveda have no common understanding of what fellow practitioners can and cannot do. Furthermore, clients searching for Ayurvedic consultation are unsure how to locate and ascertain the quality, credentials, and competence of a practitioner.

Several groups in the USA and in the growing community of Global Ayurveda have attempted to address the need for standardization of Ayurvedic education as a necessary step for credentialing, legalizing, and validating the practice of Ayurveda. However, none has yet disseminated definitive standards that the community of educators and active practitioners have approved. 
The mission of the CAC is to create and disseminate documents to assist Ayurvedic education worldwide. 

The first set of documents present Ayurvedic teaching standards, well-defined scopes of practice, and tools for the various levels of education and educators of Ayurveda in the USA. 
Council for Ayurveda Credentialing ® 2011-2014. 

Please endorse the work of the CAC!  

Let us know you support our work, in the interest of propagating quality Ayurvedic education standards in the USA, by writing to cayurvedac@gmail.com.

The following groups support the work of the CAC.

AAPNA - Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America, Cooperstown, PA

AADI - Academy of Ayurvedic Doctors of India, Kolkata

AUCM - American University of Complementary Medicine, Beverly Hills, CA

Ayurveda for Healing Clinic, Bloomington, Illinois

Bhavana Institute, Illinois

CAAM - California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine

The DINacharya Institute, New York

International Academy of Ayurveda, Pune, INDIA

Kerala Ayurveda Academy, Washington/California

Southern California University of Health Sciences, California

Good Medicine Works., New York, New York

Main Street Yoga, Bloomington, Illinois

Sambodh Center for Human Excellence, Kalamazoo, MI

Standard Botanicals, Inc, St Catharines, Ontario CANADA

Vedika Global Inc, Emeryville, California
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STUDENTS of AYURVEDA

The CAC is seeking a few more Ayurveda students in the USA interested in reviewing and providing input on the Lesson Plans created by our Council.

If you are interested, please contact us!
CAC Position Statement    finalized July 2012

In November 2011, The Council for Ayurvedic Credentialing (CAC) formed with the goal of expediating the setup of clear standards for Ayurvedic education in the USA. To avoid conflict of interest, the council resolved to work as an independent body of motivated and experienced Ayurvedic education experts, ungoverned by regulations and obligations of any member-based organization of Ayurveda. 

Our vision is to define objective, high-quality standards for Ayurvedic education, incorporating the best tools for teaching and for learning, with consideration of the needs of every group in the Ayurvedic community. These stakeholders include Ayurvedic students and practitioners trained in the USA, ayurvedic physicians, licensed professionals subsequently trained in Ayurveda, patients using Ayurveda, and CAM professionals who share our plight as non-conventional practitioners. 

The CAC mission is to create and disseminate documents to assist Ayurvedic education. These documents include well-justified scopes of practice, competence, and means for evaluating the practice level of Ayurvedic practitioners, with the perspective of patient safety and client referral in mind. The materials will be available openly to every individual and institution interested in seeing a consensus of standards for education. These documents will be strong and flexible and may be used worldwide. CAC is dedicated to developing guidelines and standards that can be used in the future toward credentialing as the profession evolves. Our goal is to develop these documents until the community feels we can move forward with them in UNITY toward a common standard for Ayurvedic education, which is the first step to formal credentialing and legislation in the USA. 

CAC is not a membership association that organizes professionals. It is a group of highly motivated, independent, collaborating educators who have come together to do the work that is desperately needed, that has not yet been done. It is composed of experts with extensive experience both as students in academia, as teachers in the USA, as clinicians in the USA, and as administrators of Ayurvedic education. Each council member has formal academic training in at least two disciplines of holistic arts or sciences, in addition to other pursuits.  

CAC has a singular mission of creating and disseminating documents to assist Ayurvedic education. Since November, we have independently put together scopes of practice, lesson plans, and an outline for a national examination process. These documents will provide the community with guidelines it has been requesting for years, especially as more and more unregulated schools develop. The CAC will collaborate with any group doing quality work in Ayurvedic education. Often many sets of independent standards must be presented to the community before a merger of thoughts can evolve. The CAC has examined the standards and procedures of acupuncture, chiropractic, TCM, massage therapy, integrative & holistic physicians, nutritionists, yoga therapists, and US higher education policies.

For any professional group to evolve into a formal licensed profession, a majority of stakeholders must unite as a community: as the volume of people in the US interested in Ayurveda increases, leadership is needed for US-trained practitioners, teachers, schools, ayurvedic physicians, students, and ayurvedic herb manufacturers. The community needs quality guidelines for authentic Ayurvedic education with high standards for safe practice and clinical excellence, leadership in organizational development and group dynamics – forming, storming, norming, performing. They must also establish 1) use of common nomenclature, 2) a defined scope of practice, and 3) standardized education. They must have compassion and versatility to reflect teaching in Ayurveda.

Membership Organizations do not create credentials for a profession because they inherently create preferences for their members. Their work is to promote wellness for their members, to be supportive, sensitive, and strengthening to them. Therefore, any credentialing process requires a separate organization led by experts in education and practice devoted to the ability to move the community forward and to create standards that will match with legislative precedents in similar professions. The process must also include good communication practices and a strong presence in the community.
CAC  SAMBHASHA – A Forum to Help Shape Ayurvedic Education in the USA

The CAC presented its work and mission at the preconference forum on October 3, 2013, at the Alexis Resort, during the AAPNA 2013 annual conference in Las Vegas.  Entitled Sambhasha, this Forum is helping shape Ayurvedic Education in the USA by providing a formal discussion platform for all Ayurveda educators, school representatives, administrators, and those not connected to any of the community-organizing efforts in Ayurveda.  
During the forum, attendants reviewed the template Lesson Plans and invested in their skills for the teaching of Ayurveda. 

Feedback from the 2012 AAPNA annual conference in Los Angeles, and from CAC advisors, interested students, and other stakeholders continue CAC's work toward standardizing Ayurvedic education in the USA.  

Since November 2011, the CAC has met weekly to create scopes of practice for several levels of Ayurvedic professional practice; Lesson Plans for the standardization of a curriculum of Ayurveda in the USA;  and open-source documents to improve the understanding of Ayurveda Education in the USA. 

Our commitment is to use highly experienced professionals in the field of Ayurvedic education in the USA, to develop the rich repository required for proper education and proficiency in our students, through high quality documents that standardize Ayurvedic education. 
Thank you for your support in strengthing and safeguarding the Ayurvedic profession in the USA.
The CAC is an independent group of trained, highly experienced, academically-qualified and professional Ayurvedic clinicians and teachers who are deeply committed to the field of Ayurvedic education in the USA. As highly experienced professionals, we are working to fill the gaps in Ayurvedic Education, to develop the rich repository required for proper education and proficiency in our students, educators, institutions, clinics, and communications, through high quality documents that standardize Ayurvedic education.  Because we do not have financial obligation to a membership body, we can develop standards without any CONFLICT of INTEREST.  

Since November 2011, the CAC has met weekly to create Scopes of Practice for several levels of Ayurvedic professional practice; Lesson Plans for the standardization of a curriculum of Ayurveda in the USA; and open-source documents to improve the understanding of Ayurveda Education in the USA. 

Thank you for your support in strengthing and safeguarding the Ayurvedic profession in the USA.