Meditation Course Accreditation

meditation course accreditation

ACCREDITED Meditation Course (AMC) program

Accreditation for meditation courses, schools, and programs.


In order for meditation courses, schools, and programs to be able to certify new meditation teachers, there must be some level of accountability and standardization for the courses. Our panel of meditation experts is focused on accrediting the next generation of meditation courses, schools, and programs.

We are a secular and non-denominational organization, and therefore we do not discriminate based on type, style, technique, or tradition of meditation. What we look for in schools, courses, and programs is:

  • The courses are taught by certified meditation teacher(s)
  • The school, course, or program does not claim to teach the “one true form of meditation,” and provides students with the understanding that there are many beautiful meditation techniques & traditions that go beyond the ones taught in the course
  • The course is taught (or filmed) in a pleasant environment (peaceful, quiet, easy to concentrate, conducive to meditation, professional, beautiful)
  • The course is able to convey at least one form of meditative state
  • The course includes an exam and/or certification process that verifies students’ qualifications (see CMT section above) before bestowing CMT diplomas.

Here’s some more information about our accreditation program, and how we can move forward:

About our accreditation program:

Our Meditation Course Accreditation program allows you to get your Meditation Teacher Training Course accredited by The Meditation Organization, so that you can certify new Certified Meditation Teachers.

About the review process:

Our accreditation process requires our board of meditation teachers to spend time reviewing your course materials, and sometimes emailing back-and-forth or doing zoom calls with you about any adjustments that need to be made in order to meet our course quality standards.

This review process not only ensures that your course is qualified for accreditation, but it can also provide you with valuable feedback that you can use to improve your course, which in turn will improve your students’ educational experience and satisfaction with your course.

Due to the amount of time that we spend in the accreditation process, we charge $75 per hour of course material (so for example if your course contains 8hrs of video and 2hrs of reading materials – 10hrs in total – accreditation would cost $750), which is just enough to compensate our reviewers for their time in the review process and cover associated organizational expenses.

About our rubrics & quality standards:

All courses we accredit must include the following aspects:

  1. A healthy balance of background/history, theory, practical exercises, and teacher training (how to guide students into meditation)
  2. Common misconceptions, pitfalls, etc about each practice, and how to avoid those problems
  3. Guidance for when to refer students to other types of mental health professionals (students with mental illness, trauma, etc)
  4. Inclusivity (does not exclude students based on race, age, religion, etc)
  5. Good presentation, and good video/audio if digital
  6. Enjoyable course experience
  7. Powerful enough meditation exercises to induce states of presence and meditative consciousness

All courses we accredit must be taught by an instructor who meets the following criteria:

  1. Has been practicing meditation regularly for at least one year, and practices the types of meditation instructed on a regular basis..
  2. Practices at least one type of meditation on a daily basis (missing a day or two every so often is not a big deal, but if you don’t have your own daily practice, we will not accredit your meditation course).
  3. Has experienced at least one 7+ day meditation retreat (10+ days preferred).
  4. Has not violated our code of ethics.
  5. Has taught or guided meditation for at least ten students/clients/humans, in person, before creating the course.
  6. Good vibes from the teacher (kind hearted, helpful, not a cult leader)
  7. We prefer TMO Certified Meditation Teachers, so that credentials are already verified. If you are not already certified by TMO, please submit a statement of your personal credentials and/or experience.

Code of Ethics (violators may lose accreditation/certification)

  1. Conduct yourself with kindness, and do no harm. If you see that a student is suffering during your course and the suffering is getting worse due in some part to your course materials, and you can see that you may be harming the student in some way, stop what you’re doing and refer the student to an appropriate therapist (a medical doctor for a physical ailment, a state-licensed psychologist or psychiatrist for psychological problems, etc).
  2. Conduct yourself with grace; never harass, demean, or abuse students or colleagues. It doesn’t matter if someone left you a bad review, or a competitor is stepping on your toes. Conduct yourself with grace and professionalism; never harass, demean, abuse or threaten students or colleagues.
  3. Conduct yourself with restraint; never engage in sexual harassment or abuse your power as a teacher. Do not engage in romantic or sexual conduct (even consensually) with students while you are in a position of power as the teacher of their Certification Course. If a teacher and student are mutually interested in pursuing a romantic relationship, either wait until the course is over, or refer the student to another teacher.
  4. Conduct yourself with love; never exclude a student unfairly. Never exclude a student from course activities unless there is a danger or problem that applies to that particular student. If a student happens to have a physical or mental condition that prevents them from participating in significant course activities, consider offering the student a refund.
  5. Conduct yourself with honesty; never lie to students or colleagues. Be clear and transparent in your communication with students, colleagues, and accreditors as well!
  6. Always adhere to your local laws.

We will not accredit courses that make the following types of statements/claims:

  1. “This one type of meditation/religion/spirituality/philosophy/ideology is the only true/right/best/correct one.”
  2. “I (or this teacher/guru/master/etc) am enlightened/awakened/perfect and you, Student, will never attain this level.”
  3. Absolute claims about specific benefits that imply that they are backed by science but are actually not (e.g. “Repeating this mantra 108 times per day will prevent liver cancer”). If you’re going to make absolute claims about specific benefits, please make sure to include references to peer-reviewed studies, published in reputable journals, in your course materials.
  4. Using words like “therapy” or “healing” can be problematic from a legal standpoint when used improperly, and should be treated carefully.

to apply, please email your answers to the following questions to [email protected], with the subject line “amc”:

  1. Where will the course be taught (specific location, or online)?
  2. Who will the course be taught by? Is the person a TMO certified meditation teacher?
  3. How can we review your course materials and syllabus?
  4. Will any of the above guidelines present a problem? If so, which ones, and how do you propose resolving those issues?