Attn: Established Ayurveda Training Programs in the USA, Canada & Europe
Enhance the Quality & Success of Your Ayurveda Programs
See consistent and growing enrollment in your programs
Have a tuition that matches a professional medical program
Gain higher recognition by potential students as a credible educational program
Graduate students who are professionally prepared to practice within a structure
of licensure, including being able to successfully pass a standardized exam
Have a program that qualifies for government funding sources to support your
student enrollment, including Financial Aid and Scholarships
Support your passion & vision for the spread of Ayurveda in the USA, Canada and Europe
Currently the practice of Ayurveda is not controlled or regulated by any licensing, on a state or national level, as allopathic medicine is. This means that most practitioners in the USA, Canada and Europe using Ayurveda principles and philosophy in their work operate under an ill-defined area of lifestyle management, nutrition, and health promotion.
There are no unifying educational standards for content or scope of practice. Graduates of Ayurveda programs have no common understanding of what fellow practitioners can and cannot do. Furthermore, clients seeking an Ayurveda consultation are unsure about how to ascertain the credential and competence of the practitioner or the quality of their education.
THE SOLUTION FORWARD
Without a legal structure or larger professional recognition, all involved in Ayurveda -
Trainers, Practitioners and Consumers - all face limitations:
Creates a smaller interest of Ayurveda study because the industry is not yet proven to be a viable career option with easily and readily available employment. This also means self-employment is often the only option for graduates, a reality not all are suited or prepared for.
Unaccredited programs do not qualify for government financial aid, further reducing student participation due to financial limitations.
The lack of recognition and financial funding creates lower than normal professional tuitions and decreasing the profitability and sustainability of Ayurveda training programs.
Because it exists outside of the recognized medical establishment, Ayurveda services are not covered by insurance and must be paid out of pocket by the consumers. This results in a smaller amount of people able to afford Ayurveda, reducing the consumer demand for the service.
With the growing demand in both the study and use of Ayurveda, it has become increasingly
important to secure a place for Ayurveda as a viable, credible and recognized path of medicine
by moving towards state regulated licensing.
Licensure is a process by which a governmental agency, grants time-limited permission to an individual to engage in a given occupation after verifying that he or she has met predetermined and standardized criteria (usually education, experience and examination).
A key part in becoming a licensed profession and being recognized by the US Department of Education rests on having accredited programs of study that encompass standardized curriculum. Standardized curriculums ensure that all schools offering the program can ensure the student’s ability to be professionally prepared for both the board exam and for practice.
The Department of Education and lobbying organizations needed to support licensure will only approve and recognize an accreditation agency that is neutral without conflict of financial interest and provides full oversight, including an in-depth review of curricula and site visit verification.
WHY CAC IS THE OPTION FOR SUCCESS
The Council of Ayurveda Credentialing (CAC) is an independent, non-profit organization committed to advancing excellence and quality in Ayurveda Medical Education programs through accreditation as a basis for its acceptance as a licensed profession. As an independent organization dedicated to accrediting Ayurveda programs, the CAC can ensure that it creates standards that reflect the interest of all stakeholders in the Ayurveda community.
WHAT MAKES CAC DIFFERENT
The 1st question that arises is, "What Makes you Different?"
We are an independent, volunteer, non-profit organization committed to advancing excellence and quality in
Ayurveda Medical Education programs through accreditation, as a basis for its acceptance as a licensed profession.
We have no financial interests in our goals and conduct strict, on-site auditing of each program.
This process is what will allow us to seek 'Accrediting Agency' status with the US Department of Education,
as the next step in gaining all the benefits of a licensed profession, including recognition and funding.
We are striving to standardize this practice, attain the same regulation, recognition & acceptance as Chiropractors
and Acupuncturists and allow much healing in our community.
There are currently membership organizations that provide a fee-based registration service of membership
for schools and practitioners to self-report their credentials and be recognized for their training.
Membership organizations play an crucial role in facilitating practitioners and the continuing education of
professionals and in supporting lobbying efforts, once that stage of progress is reached.
Exams that are being created are also extremely important, as those will need to be furnished to the state to
administer for professional regulation. However, membership organizations do not qualify as neutral
organizations and financially pose a conflict of interest. As such, these organizations are not recognized by the
US Dept of Education, nor are they substitutes for accreditation.
In addition, CAC HAS ATTAINED FULL ENDORSEMENT FROM THE AYUSH MINISTRY IN INDIA~
Currently, there is no other accrediting authority on Ayurveda programs in the USA, Canada or Europe.
CAC intends to seek 'Accrediting Agency' status with the US Department of Education, as the next step
in gaining all the benefits of a licensed profession, including recognition and funding.
IT’S TIME FOR ACTION
If you are ready to have your Ayurveda training program benefit from being at the forefront of becoming a
licensed professional while supporting the wider acceptance and practice Ayurvedic Medicine, it’s time to
GAIN ACCREDITATION for your programs!
Click HERE to see the Accreditation Process
Contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started!
"Throughout my forty years of nonprofit administrative and accreditation experience in the USA, I have found that it is critical for organizations to have a process of standardization and peer reviews by a national accreditation organization in order to move any base of knowledge and service to a higher level. Accreditation standards of a national accreditation organization help ensure that an organization's services will be consistently provided with the highest national quality standards.
Ayurveda has a valuable base of knowledge that is currently not recognized or able to be fully integrated within the current medical system. I see The Council for Ayurveda Credentialing (CAC) developing and applying accreditation standards, which will develop a tremendous opportunity of future employment and new work options through governmental regulation, affiliation and partnerships with medical systems and facilities. Through accreditation, the Council for Ayurveda Credentialing (CAC) will assist Ayurveda educational programs to be better positioned to secure educational funding for students and develop national recognition as a leader in the Ayurveda profession throughout the world."
- Robert J. Mather
Accreditation Auditor, Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO)
Director/Client Services Director at SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives / US Small Business Administration)
Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities - 35 years accrediting 100+ rehabilitation facilities in USA & Canada.