Assessment application deadlines

Certification Levels:

Intermediate Junior Level 1, 2, 3
Intermediate Senior Level 1, 2, 3
Advanced Junior Level 1, 2, 3
Advanced Senior Level 1, 2

Teacher Training and Introductory Level

Before being accepted on an Introductory teacher training course a student must have completed a minimum of three years’ regular study with an approved Iyengar Yoga teacher. A letter of recommendation from the student’s regular teacher is also required. Most trainers also hold a preliminary test class before accepting a candidate and the first term of the course is normally a probationary period.

The Introductory course requires a minimum of two years and 140 hours’ contact time in teacher training classes. In addition, trainees are required to maintain a home practice with a regular attendance at a more advanced level class, if one is available. It is recommended that trainees assist an experienced teacher in a weekly beginners’ class. Besides this there are two course work assignments during each year. Prior to the assessment, candidates must complete a written paper on yoga philosophy, elementary anatomy and theoretical knowledge of the syllabus asanas. Both practical and written elements must be passed. After successfully completing the course work and passing the assessment the teacher gains an Introductory teacher’s certificate and is then qualified to teach a specified range of Introductory asanas (postures). Once qualified, teachers must pay IY(UK) teacher membership and Certification Mark Sub-Licence fees each year in order to teach Iyengar yoga in the UK.
Joining a Teacher Training course
For Introductory Level teacher training, please contact a Teacher Trainer (you can find a Teacher Trainer using the search facility on the right hand side of the screen, by ticking the ‘Teacher Training’ box and entering your postcode). You will also find a list of Teacher Training courses here
You MUST apply for a training course via an IY(UK) approved Teacher Trainer. Your Trainer will give you the necessary forms to complete and you should return your completed teacher training application form to your Teacher Trainer. You must be a current member of IY(UK) at the time of registering and throughout your Teacher Training course. To pay the Teacher Training registration fee, log on to the website with your username and password, go to the Members’ Dashboard, Documents page and click “Introductory Teacher Training Course Form” under the heading “Training to Teach”. You will need to include the receipt for your registration fee with your teacher training application form. Your Trainer is your primary contact for Introductory Teacher Training and will provide you with full details. 
Introductory assessments will be held in June from 2017 onwards.


Your Teacher Trainer will send you the link to the application form for the Introductory Level Assessment. To access the form, you first need to log in to the website with your username and password.  Only trainees whose trainers have pre-registered them for assessment will be accepted. Please contact the main office,, if you have difficulty signing in.

Introductory assessments can be booked 1 – 31 January.
You must remain a member of IY (UK) throughout your training.

Intermediate Junior Level    top

Some members continue training beyond their Introductory teaching certificate and go on to Intermediate Junior, Intermediate Senior and ultimately, Advanced certificates. To progress to teach more advanced postures, it is up to the individual to attend classes with Senior or Advanced teachers. These more advanced certificates demand more of teachers, both in the number and difficulty of asanas practised, and in the subtlety of their understanding of the theory and practice of yoga.

Students may apply to take Intermediate Junior Level 1 a minimum of 18 months after gaining the Introductory Certificate. This is a three-part certificate with a minimum of six months (normally 12 months) between each section.

Intermediate Junior Level 1, 2 and 3 assessments are held in March. To book an assessment you will need to apply in the previous September. The application will be available via the website 1-30 September. Late applications cannot be accepted.

Teachers can sign in and go to the IY (UK) Documents page to download the Intermediate Junior Level Syllabus.

Intermediate Senior Level      top

Teachers may apply to take Intermediate Senior Level 1 a minimum of 18 months to two years after gaining their Level 3 Intermediate Junior Certificate.

PLEASE NOTE: Intermediate Senior Assessment procedures are currently under review and, therefore, no Senior assessments will be held in 2017. (See Teachers’ Notifications on the Members’ Dashboard for further details)

Intermediate Senior Level 1, 2 and 3 assessments are held in November at different venues around the UK. Teachers can sign in and go to the IY (UK) Documents page to download the Intermediate Senior Level Syllabus. You can book your assessment online from 1 – 30 June (no assessments in 2017); the deadline for applications is 30 June (no assessments in 2017). If you wish to book a Senior Assessment place, please contact the Assessment Administrator,, for a link to the application form.

Advanced Level    top

This Certificate is only awarded on the recommendation of the RIMYI.

For more information about teacher training and assessments with IY(UK), please contact the Assessment Administrator:

Assessment Application Deadlines

Introductory Level
30th September C1 form must be with the Assessments Administrator (to be completed by Teacher Trainers)
1st – 31st January Introductory application available online
last day of February Introductory paperwork deadline (test paper and standard paperwork including First Aid Certificate)

Intermediate Junior
1st to 30th September Intermediate Junior application available online
30th November Intermediate Junior test paper and standard paperwork deadline
Intermediate Senior
1st – 30th June Intermediate Senior application available online (no assessments in 2017)
31st July Senior test paper and standard paperwork deadline (no assessments in 2017)

Overseas Candidates Applying for Assessment   top

Candidates should apply for assessment in the country where they live. If their country doesn’t have an Association or their Association does not offer assessments at the level they are applying for, then they should apply to a neighbouring country. If the nearest country is the UK or if there is a language barrier in the neighbouring countries, they may apply to the UK. Overseas candidates applying for assessment in the UK must:
a) Apply online for membership as overseas non-teacher members of IY (UK).
b) For any level above Introductory, send a scanned copy of their most recent teaching certificate to the Main Office so that the administrator can add this to their record on the database.
c) For any level above Introductory, send proof of their current Certification Mark sub-licence (or a receipt for this) to the Main Office.
d) Apply online and meet the same application deadlines as UK applicants.
e) In addition to the assessment fee, pay an overseas applicant supplement of £15 to cover additional administration costs.

The Assessments Administrator will contact the Main Office to check that all candidates have current membership status before sitting their assessments.