Social Credentialing

Our Evaluation and Feedback System

Social Credentialing combines the established credentialing standards of the Yoga Alliance Registry with the best practices of social ratings sites. The system is designed to measure quality in a way that traditional credentialing cannot, and it provides our Registered Yoga Schools with ongoing, systematic feedback that can help them improve their training programs. By incorporating feedback into a school’s listing on our directory, the Social Credentialing system also yields insight into a school’s culture and training experience to help potential yoga teacher trainees make informed decisions about which teacher training program is right for them.

 

 

How It Helps the Yoga Community

Social Credentialing adds both credibility and transparency to our credentialing system, without adding costs to our members or compromising our commitment to honor the diverse traditions that make up the yoga community.

Here are just a few ways that Social Credentialing benefits the yoga community:

  • Captures feedback from trainees to help schools grow and improve their training programs
  • Provides transparency about what schools are teaching in their programs
  • Asks the community to self-regulate and ensure compliance with Yoga Alliance standards
  • Enables potential trainees to make an informed decision when selecting a training program

 

How It Works

Our RYTs and RYSs play a critical role in ensuring that yoga teacher trainings are effective in educating safe and competent yoga teachers. To become RYTs, trainees must complete an evaluation of their training program. The evaluation consists of four standard questions (and up to three custom questions, which the RYS may provide), which are answered via ratings and comments. Through these questions, Yoga Alliance learns how well our standards are being followed and can gauge whether schools are delivering the educational experience that they promise students.

If a RYS chooses to publish trainee responses, they are displayed on the school’s public profile and are attributed to the trainee. There are no anonymous ratings, which promotes civility, honesty, and improves the quality of the feedback. Schools can also add their own questions on the evaluation to make the feedback even more specific to their program, enabling them to learn, grow and improve their offerings (responses to these questions are not displayed to the public).

 

A Timely Idea

Consumers are increasingly researching professional services and vendors on the Internet, which provides the advice and experience of others. Yoga studios and individual teachers are already being reviewed on platforms provided by Yelp, Yahoo, Google, etc., but these for-profit, publicly traded corporations put their bottom line before the best interests of yoga or those earning a living by teaching it.

By contrast, Yoga Alliance’s sole motivation is to serve the interests of the yoga community while maintaining the integrity of both the practice and profession. Social Credentialing provides a meaningful alternative to the unverified, arbitrary and sometimes inflammatory ratings and comments that consumer sites deliver—it protects our members while providing the public with a reliable and fair source of information and advice.

By combining feedback and evaluation with established educational and training standards, Social Credentialing expands the credentialing process from a closed, centralized system to a transparent, dynamic dialogue between members of the yoga community.

In the same spirit of feedback and ongoing growth, we welcome your feedback about our Social Credentialing system. Take this two-question survey to share your thoughts.

Additional Resources:

Raising the Bar on Yoga Teacher Training and the Case for Social Credentialing (article)
An article about the driving factors behind Social Credentialing.

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