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:
Login to your NAMA account.
Under the heading "Content & Features", select "Professional Development".
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 from PACE approved courses and/or non-PACE approved courses.
The 2018-2019 PACE cycle requires all Professional Members to earn 30 credits:
Ethics Quiz (passing score ≥ 80%) (REQUIRED) = 02 Credits Max
Topics In Ayurveda (TIA) (REQUIRED)
Max = 28 Credits
Min = 19 Credits
Topics In Wellness (TIW) (OPTIONAL) = 9 Credits Max
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 quiz is a short 20-question quiz that all certified ayurvedic professionals must pass every PACE cycle in order to receive their 2 required PACE Ethics credits. The ethics quiz tests certified ayurvedic professionals' knowledge of the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, which all certified professionals agree to abide by.
Q: How do I take the NAMA Ethics Exam?
A: Click here to take the Ethics Quiz.
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: Courses in Ayurvedic practice management, Ayurvedic patient/client support, Ayurvedic approach to specific disease conditions, Ayurvedic bodywork, Ayurvedic Philosophy, Vedic philosophy, Ayurvedic body therapies and Ayurvedic cooking are examples of Topics in Ayurveda (TIA) courses.
Q: What counts as "Other Topics in Wellness"?
A: Topics in Wellness (TIW) is simply the category name of credits that may be earned from non-Ayurveda focused courses. Only 30 percent of a certified professionals' required PACE credits may come from this category. TIW examples 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 TIW courses.
Q: What happens if I do not complete my PACE requirement?
A: Your professional certification will lapse. Please refer to the NAMACB Certification Handbook, Appendix B, subsection B(1): https://www.namacb.org/candidate-handbook/
Q: When does a 2-year PACE period start?
A: Each PACE cycle begins on January 1st of an even year and ends on December 31 of the following odd year. Credits earned during one PACE cycle cannot be applied to another cycle. For example, the 2018-2019 PACE cycle began on January 1, 2018 and ends on December 31, 2019. The next cycle begins on January 1, 2020 and ends on December 31, 2021. Any credits earned during the 2018-2019 PACE cycle cannot roll-over to the 2020-2021 PACE cycle.
Q: Who is exempt from the PACE requirement?
A: Certified ayurvedic professionals who were certified after the first 6 months of the existing PACE cycle are exempt from the requirements for that cycle, except for the Ethics Quiz, which must be passed by all certified ayurvedic professionals who were certified anytime during that cycle.
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: 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, and proof of completion must be provided.
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.