FAQS: Professional Ayurvedic Continuing Education Requirements


Q: How do I keep track of my PACE credits?
A: You may view your PACE Credits through your NAMA account by doing the following:
(1) Login to your NAMA account.
(2) Under the heading "Content & Features", select "Professional Development".
(3) To view the total number of credits you have earned, click on "Print Transcript". A pop-up will display and the total number of credits you have earned will be at the bottom right corner of the pop-up.

Q: How do I earn PACE credits?
A: You may earn PACE credits by taking recommended PACE courses offered by PACE Providers.

You may also earn up to 30 percent of your credits (6 for AHCs, 12 for APs) from non-approved courses in Other Topics in Wellness. Click here to learn how to receive credit for non-approved courses. One PACE credit is equal to one clock hour of continuing education.

Click here to see the list of recommended PACE programs.

Q: May I receive credit for courses not taught by PACE Providers or courses not listed on the NAMA website?
A: Yes. We encourage professional members to earn their PACE credits from PACE Programs taught by PACE Providers, but credits may be earned from non-PACE (i.e., non-listed) workshops, seminars, conferences and courses. To receive credits for non-PACE programs, submit your credits here.

Q :What is the NAMA Ethics Exam?
A: The ethics exam is a short 20-question quiz that all professional members of NAMA must pass every two years in order to receive their 2 required PACE Ethics credits. The exam, which takes about 15 minutes to complete tests professional members' knowledge of the NAMA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, which all professional members agree to follow.

Q: How do I take the NAMA Ethics Exam?
A: Click here to take the ethics exam.

Q: Are online PACE programs available?
A: Yes, the pool of recommended PACE programs include live seminars/workshops, as well as online programs. Non-listed online programs also qualify. Click here to learn how to receive credit for non-listed courses. Click here to see the list of recommended PACE programs.

Q:What counts as "Topics in Ayurveda"?
A: Classes in Ayurvedic practice management, Ayurvedic patient/client support, Ayurvedic approach to specific disease conditions, Ayurvedic bodywork, Ayurvedic Philosophy, yoga philosophy, Vedic philosophy, yoga therapeutics, Ayurvedic body therapies and Ayurvedic cooking are examples of "Topics in Ayurveda" courses.

Q: What counts as "Other Topics in Wellness"?
A: "Other Topics in Wellness" is simply the category name of credits that may come from non-Ayurveda focused courses. Only 30 percent of a professional member's required PACE credits may come from this category (6 for AHCs, 12 for AP or ADs). Examples of "other topics in wellness” non-approved programs, include CPR, Chinese/Western herbal studies, complementary or alternative medicine such as nutrition, mind-body medicine, bodywork, psychology, and midwifery. Click here to learn how to receive credit for non-listed courses, including those that fall under "Other Topics in Wellness".

Q: What happens if I do not complete my PACE requirement?
A: If a professional member does not complete their PACE requirement by the end of the PACE cycle, then they will automatically receive a 3-month grace period (ending March 31) to complete the requirements. If a professional member does not complete their PACE requirement within the 3-month grace period, then they will be removed from the public NAMA Professional Member Search Directory.

So, if you were not able to complete your PACE requirement, then your Professional Membership would not be "dropped/revoked/suspended", it would be hidden from the public. Members can earn credit to meet their requirements for the previous PACE cycle by completing coursework during the grace period.

Q: When does a 2-year PACE period start?
A: Professional members with active memberships from January 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 have until December 31, 2017 to complete their credits for this first PACE 2-year cycle. Those who joined as professional members on/after June 30, 2016 are exempt from the 2016/2017 PACE Cycle, except they must take and pass the Ethics Quiz. The next 2-year PACE cycle is from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2019 and credits can be earned only for coursework completed during that period.

Q: Who is exempt from the PACE requirement?
A: New professional members who join after the first 6 months of a 2-year PACE cycle are waived from having to earn their credits during that cycle, except for the Ethics Quiz, which must be taken and passed by all professional members, regardless of when they joined.

Q: Once all my PACE credits are completed and submitted, will I automatically receive a notification confirming that I am done?
A: No. When you submit a PACE credit form, NAMA staff manually reviews the status of your PACE requirement and then, if your PACE requirement is complete, e-mails you a confirmation that your PACE requirement is complete. Also, near the end of each PACE cycle, NAMA staff creates a list of all members who have not completed their PACE requirement and e-mails them a notification that their PACE requirement has not been completed. You can also check the status of your PACE requirement by following the instructions here: How do I keep track of my PACE credits?

Q: Can I earn credit for being enrolled in a program that will qualify me for a higher level of Professional Membership?
A: Yes, you may earn credit for being enrolled in a program that will qualify you for a higher level of Professional Membership. For example, if you are an AHC who is enrolled in a program that will qualify you for AP, or you are an AP who is enrolled in a program that will qualify you for AD. To earn credit for this type of coursework, please submit a Non-Listed Topics in Ayurveda (TIA) Course Credits Form and be sure to attach a Grade/Report Card and/or an Official Acceptance/Enrollment/Registration Confirmation/Letter.

Q: Can I earn credit for developing a course that will be offered in the future?
A: Credit for Teaching can be earned only for Topic in Ayurveda (TIA) type of courses/articles/conferences/etc. offered/presented/published during the current PACE cycle. Credit for Teaching can not be earned for
developing courses/articles/conferences/etc. offered/presented/published in the future.
Topic in Wellness (TIW) type of courses/articles/conferences/etc.

Q: If I earn credits in excess of my requirement, then can my extra credits be applied to the next PACE cycle?
A: With the exception of PACE credits earned for taking the AP Beta Test, PACE credits earned in excess of the requirement during a PACE cycle do not roll-over to the next PACE cycle.

Q: Can I earn credit retro-actively?
A: Only credits for taking the AP Beta Test can be earned retro-actively. All other credits earned can only apply to the PACE cycle in which they are earned.

Q: When do PACE Credits Expire?
A: PACE credits run in 2-year cycles. All Professional Members are on the same PACE 2-year cycle, regardless of when they joined and/or re-newed their membership. For example, the 2018-2019 PACE cycle starts January 1, 2018 and ends December 31, 2019 and only credits earned within that period will be counted for that cycle. Credits earned in excess of the PACE requirement do not roll-over to the next PACE 2-year cycle, except for the AP Beta Test. So, all credits earned during the 2018-2019 PACE cycle will expire on January 1, 2020, at which point the required number of credits must be earned again, starting from zero.

Q: Can I receive an extension to the 3-month grace period?
A: The only possible justification for extending the 3-month grace period is significant medical injury and/or hospitalization.

Q: What should I do if a form/survey/page is not working?
A: If you are experiencing technical difficulty with the NAMA website, then please try following to correct the issue:
Clear your web cache
Use a different web browser
Use a different computer
If you have tried all of the aforementioned actions and you are still experiencing technical difficulty with the NAMA website, then please submit a Contact Us form and include a link to the form/page/survey that you are experiencing difficulty with.

Q: Can I earn credit for working as a teaching assistant?
A: If you worked as a teaching assistant to an āyurveda course that was a NAMA Professional Membership qualifying course and you were actually in class, then yes. This type of teaching assistant work is acceptable because it is still a learning opportunity for deeper understanding.

Q: If I purchased a pre-recorded/self-paced course before the current PACE Cycle, but did not complete it until the current PACE Cycle, then can I still earn credit for it?
A: Yes, you can earn credit for pre-recorded/self-paced coursework that is completed during the current PACE cycle, regardless of when the course was purchased. Credit can only be applied to the cycle in which the pre-recorded/self-paced course was completed.

Q: Can I earn credit for coursework that was completed during a previous cycle, but not included in the credits upon which my certification is based?
A: Only credits earned for listening to the NAMA Seminars in Ayurveda can be applied to a future cycle, only because no certificate of completion is currently being issued for them. All other credits can only be applied to the cycle in which they were earned.

Q: If I completed a course that is 1.5 hours, then how many credits do I earn?
A: 1 hour of coursework is equal to 1 credit. If the course you completed is not a whole number, then round up to the nearest whole number. For example, if you completed a course that is 1.5 hours, then you would earn 2 credits.


Becoming a PACE Approved Provider FAQS


Q: Who can become a PACE Provider?
A: Those who are either a Professional or Organizational Member of NAMA and have at least three years of experience as an Ayurvedic professional.

Q: How do I become a PACE Provider?
A: Fill out an application to teach at a level less than or equal to your level of expertise and pay the annual fee of $108 USD. Once approved, a provider must submit their program(s) for review and listing by NAMA. No additional fee is required to submit programs. PACE Providers may submit an unlimited number of programs during the year of their approval or renewal as a PACE Provider. Click here to apply to become a PACE Provider.

Q: Will my payment as a PACE Provider automatically be charged every year?
A: If a Credit Card or ACH/E-Check information is used during the initial transaction, then yes, the renewal payment for PACE Providership will be automatically charged on each recurring charge due date. PACE Providers will be able to update this information if it changes. However, if non-real time funds, such as PayPal or personal check, are used, then no, the renewal payment for PACE Providership will not be automatically charged.

Q: How do I renew my PACE Providership?
A: If your PACE Providership is not setup for auto-renewal, then, in order to renew your PACE Providership, please complete and submit the PACE Provider Annual Renewal Form ($108): https://ayurvedanama.site-ym.com/?RenewalProviderApps. Your PACE Providership will be set to expire one year from the date of renewal.

Q: Can I submit courses for PACE that I teach, but are produced by other businesses?
A: Yes.

Q: How does NAMA calculate the number of credits to assign to a PACE Program?
A: One PACE credit is equal to one clock hour of continuing education, not including breaks. If break time is included the program's hourly schedule, then we subtract break time and round up to the closest hour.