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QCI has designed the Scheme for Voluntary Certification of Yoga Professional by adopting the principles and requirements laid down in the international standard, ISO/IEC 17024:2012 (E) General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification of Persons especially clause 8 that describes the elements of the scheme.
The scheme was presented to a Steering Committee constituted for the purpose of multistakeholder consultation, chaired by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Ji having members from the Government, Yoga Institutions, Universities, Industry Bodies, related Organizations, and individual experts for discussion and seeking concurrence from experts representing various Schools of Yoga.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Ji appreciated the completeness of the documents and requested for internalizing some points that came up during the discussion.
An Expert Group under the Chairmanship of Dr. H. R. Nagendra, Chancellor, S-VYASA Yoga University was constituted to modify the Scheme based on directions of the Steering Committee.
A pilot evaluation was undertaken to validate the draft scheme and 19 candidates were subjected evaluation as per the updated Competence Criteria (Standard).
The Scheme has the following sections
- Governing Structure – the structure, components, roles and responsibilities of participating organizations and committees, if any
- Competence Standard – the standard for certification, which has been arrived at after deliberations among experts
- Certification Process – application process, initial evaluation, frequency of surveillance etc.
- Requirements for Personnel Certification Bodies including requirements for evaluators and additional requirements to ISO 17024