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All you need to know about QCI Yoga Certification Exam

QCI Yoga Certification

The government of India has introduced Certification of Yoga Professionals (QCI Yoga) to provide credentials to Yoga professionals. The QCI Yoga certification is aligned with the Scheme for Voluntary Certification of Yoga Professionals (SYCYP) launched by Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India and managed by Quality Council of India (QCI) as a scheme under the Indian Yoga Association (IYA). As people all over the world practice Yoga every day, there is a genuine need for trained or certified Yoga Teachers or instructors. The QCI Yoga certification is created to ensure that Yoga professionals are certified and are able to provide a quality experience to common practitioners.


QCI Yoga
QCI Yoga by Ayush Mantralaya, India makes it easy for qualified professionals to present their Yoga credentials. Pic courtesy – Pixabay (under the creative commons license)

What is QCI Yoga Certification

The QCI Yoga Scheme was launched by the Ministry of AYUSH on 22 June 2015 to spread India’s traditional knowledge worldwide with credible systems and specific reference to Yoga to maintain Indian leadership in assuring quality Yoga practices across the world. The Ministry of AYUSH in pursuance of the above-identified the Quality Council of India (QCI) to develop a Voluntary Scheme for Evaluation and Certification of Yoga Professionals. QCI has designed the Yoga Professional Certification Scheme (QCI Yoga) by adopting the principles and requirements laid down in the international standard, ISO 17024:2012. The QCI Yoga scheme is not a teachers training program or a yoga course, but to validate that the Yoga Professionals have required competency, knowledge and skill as per the Syllabus mentioned in the Scheme document.

At present, there are only 2 different levels of the exam –

  1. Scheme for Voluntary Certification of Yoga Professionals COMPETENCE STANDARD LEVEL 1 – YOGA INSTRUCTOR [More about the Level 1 Exam]
  2. Scheme for Voluntary Certification of Yoga Professionals COMPETENCE STANDARD LEVEL 2 – TEACHER. [More about the Level 2 Exam]

There will be 2 more levels i.e. Level 3 & Level 4 Certifications added later on. You can refer this certification book to prepare for the exam.

Who is eligible for QCI Yoga Certification

At present, anyone (Indian or foreign national) can appear for the QCI Yoga Certification. There is no limit on age or education. There is no constraining of experience either. However, if you have already done a course or have a formal training in Yoga then it is going to help immensely in the preparation of QCI Yoga exam. Also, most of the Yoga professionals in parts of India have learned Yoga education by working with experienced Yoga Teachers, without much of a formal yoga education background. By removing any criteria for previous formal education or experience, the government has tried to ensure that the best of the Yoga talent is not constrained in becoming a certified professional.

What is the application process for QCI Yoga Exam?

Level – 1: Yoga Instructor Certification Exam

Theory – MCQ exam (60 questions of 1 marks each), Duration 1 Hr 30 mins, All questions mandatory

Min 70% marks (or 42 correct questions out of 60) required being eligible for Practical Exam.

[If you do not get 70% in theory then resubmit the fees and retake the exam, else you’ll not be able to appear in practice.]

Practical – Only for those who have got 70% in theory. Demonstration and viva to be conducted by a panel of 3 members.

Level – 2: Yoga Teacher Certification Exam

Theory 1 – MCQ exam (60 questions of 1 marks each). Duration 1 Hr 30 mins & All questions mandatory.

Theory 2 – Subjective exam (10 questions of 4 marks each) Duration 3 Hr & All questions mandatory.


Min 70% marks (or 42 correct questions out of 60) required being eligible for Practical Exam.

[If you do not get 70% in theory then resubmit the fees and retake the exam, else you’ll not be able to appear in practical exam.]

Practical – Only for those who have got 70% in theory. Demonstration and viva to be conducted by a panel of 3 members. Viva will also be conducted on Teaching Skills of the candidate.

Please note that Level 1 & Level 2 exams don’t have any relation and are totally independent of each other.

Note: You should follow these steps to prepare for the QCI Yoga certification exam as soon as you’ve registered yourself with the QCI.

QCI Yoga Online Form

Below is the fee structure for appearing in the exam.

  • Level 1 Exam
  1. Theory – Rs. 500 + GST@18% (20$ for Foreign Nationals)
  2. Practical – Rs. 2500 + GST@18% (60$ for Foreign Nationals)
  • Level 2 Exam
  1. Theory – Rs. 1000 + GST@18% (60$ for Foreign Nationals)
  2. Practical – Rs. 4000 + GST@18% (150$ for Foreign Nationals)

QCI Yoga Certification validity

The certificate is valid for a period of 3 years. Candidate should reach QCI during 18-21 months of certification issuance to get surveillance examination to get their competence verified. Candidate owns this process and if he fails to do so then his certificate may get invalidated.

QCI Yoga Certification Benefits

QCI Yoga is a unique course of its type which is fully supported by the government of India. Certified persons will have their names listed in the central list on Ayush Website, making it easier for them to get recognized and employed. Also, Ministry of External Affairs has made it compulsory to be Level-2 certified to be eligible for foreign deputation of Yoga promotion.


QCI Yoga certification is the best way for someone looking to establish his credentials as a Yoga instructor and establish a full-time career in Yoga education. It has been attracting talented professionals not only from India but from across the world to get them certified for the QCI Yoga certification. Due to lifestyle changes and inherent benefits of Yoga, Yoga instructors are always in demand and a credential from the government of India puts you in forefront compared to others. If the government keeps making efforts this way, the program is destined to succeed and will also establish India’s credentials of the land of Yoga across the world.

About the Ayush Ministry

The Ministry of AYUSH was formed on 9th November 2014 to ensure the optimal development and propagation of AYUSH systems of health care. Earlier it was known as the Department of Indian System of Medicine and Homeopathy (ISM&H) which was created in March 1995 and renamed as Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) in November 2003, with focused attention for development of Education and Research in Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy. To get more details please visit the ministry website. (http://ayush.gov.in/)

About the QCI (Quality Council of India)

Quality Council of India (QCI) was set up jointly by the Government of India and the Indian Industry represented by the three premier industry associations i.e. Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to lead nationwide quality movement in India by involving all stakeholders for emphasis on adherence to quality standards in all spheres of activities primarily for promoting and protecting interests of the nation and its citizens. QCI is a pioneering experiment of the Government of India in setting up organizations in partnership with the Indian industry.




  1. http://www.qcin.org/
  2. http://yogacertification.qci.org.in/guidance.php
  3. http://ayush.gov.in/



  1. I have enrolled for QCI program in Mumbai.But as the timing is Saturday and Sunday morning,I cannot attend my job ( in government school) due to morning shift.Is there any concessional provision for 2 hours ,so that I can attend QCI as well as my school. Thanks

  2. Dear Sir/Madam,

    I am from Jaipur, Rajasthan. I want to do Yoga teacher training course for QCI certification.

    Please send us details of training courses in Jaipur so we can deposit the fee for application.

    Thank you

    Arun Sharma

  3. I want to apply for QCI yog a certification have done a PG diploma in Yog science from Dev Sanskriti Vishv vidyalay. And Taking regular classes.

  4. Respected Sir/Madam,
    I am interested in giving the QCI Yoga exam but I could not find the online application form. Here the fees structure and other details are mentioned but there is no online form in a clickable link that I can fill and enroll for the exam. I am keen on taking it up as soon as possible so would like to know if there are fixed dates for the exam or it can be taken based on the preparation level. Please guide me with how to go about the further procedures for the same.

    Thanks & Regards,

    Sumeet M. Pande – Yoga Applicant for QCI Exam


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