The 300-hr and 500-hr Mindfulness Teacher Certification Paths
The methodology and practice used in the Engaged Mindfulness Institute’s Mindfulness Teacher Training and Certification Program is based on an expansive and coherent body of knowledge drawn from classical contemplative traditions and modern psychological and scientific disciplines.
As with any discipline, developing competence as a mindfulness facilitator or mindfulness teacher requires a sound conceptual and practical understanding of the underlying theoretical body of knowledge and extensive personal experience and practice with teaching methods, skills and pedagogies. The essence of the teacher training is gaining a solid conceptual foundation and practice competency in EMI’s approach to teaching mindfulness and facilitating mindfulness-based interventions with marginalized and underserved communities.
All applicants must have four years prior experience with mindfulness practice.
All applicants must have attended at least one 5-day (or longer) silent mindfulness retreat at an approved meditation retreat center.
All applicants must have completed an introductory mindfulness course, or equivalent.
Certification Requirements: The EMI Level One Mindfulness Teacher Certification Path includes approximately 300 hours of online and in-person training and instructional learning over the course of one year.
Complete two weeklong residential retreats, all online course components and all online community of practice, small study group and mentor engagement requirements
Meet daily mindfulness and yoga practice requirements throughout the program
Complete 35 hours of documented practice teaching
Pass online exam with a score of at least 75 out of a possible 100 points. (Participants may retest every 30 days until attaining the required passing score.)
Submit a 5 – 10 page Culminating Project Paper designing a mindfulness-based intervention in your chosen career field or focus population (Participant’s paper must receive a score of at least 75 out of a possible 100 points and may be resubmitted until a passing score is achieved.)
Submit all required video recordings of guided mindfulness meditations
Receive a positive evaluation and recommendation for certification from one EMI core faculty and participant’s online Small Study Group faculty mentor
Complete a final phone or video conference interview with certification committee after all other requirements are satisfied.
Note: The Engaged Mindfulness Institute reserves the right to ask any participant/student to complete further training and/or practice teaching at the student’s own expense prior to granting Mindfulness Teacher Certification. EMI also reserves the right to refuse certification to any student deemed not to meet the qualifications and competencies required for certification or for whom the role and responsibilities of a mindfulness facilitator or teacher is deemed inappropriate.
Refer to yourself as a Certified EMI 300-Hr Mindfulness Teacher
Apply for certification with the International Mindfulness Teachers Association (IMTA) as a Certified Mindfulness Teacher, Professional Level (CMT-P)
Engage in your personal mindfulness practice with increased confidence and benefit
Facilitate introductory mindfulness classes and mindfulness-based interventions in the context of your chosen field of work with underserved communities.
Practice teaching and guiding basic mindfulness practices, compassion meditations and simple mindful movement routines as a mindfulness facilitator and teacher-in-training on the path to increasing competency and teacher certification.
Begin supporting your clients, employees, peers, volunteers or community members with the healing and transformative power of mindfulness and mindfulness-based interventions (MBI’s) and programs
Begin integrating mindfulness-based techniques into your professional disciplines and practice, including therapeutic, counseling, case management, resilience building, teaching, caregiving, training and/or community engagement interventions and programs.
Begin the path toward Level Two 500-Hour Mindfulness Teacher Certification through the Engaged Mindfulness Institute
Level One grads will *not* be authorized to:
Teach or lead multi-day or residential mindfulness meditation retreats
Teach or represent yourself as teaching Engaged Mindfulness Institute (EMI) programs, unless selected as an EMI apprentice teacher for ongoing training and supervised practice teaching
Refer to yourself as an EMI 500-Hr Certified Mindfulness Teacher
On Empowered Teachers
Note: This program is designed to start you on your path as a mindfulness teacher-in-training and to prepare you for sharing mindfulness and guiding or facilitating mindfulness practice sessions on an introductory level. Further training with EMI will lead to mindfulness teacher certification at various levels for the purpose of including mindfulness teaching and mindfulness-based interventions in your professional practice. This mindfulness teacher training program, however, will not prepare you to lead advanced level practices or retreats that one associates with empowered meditation teachers.
Meditation teachers in traditional spiritual lineages tend to have completed 10 to 20+ years of intensive meditation practice, study, and personal experience before being empowered as teachers. Training paths for empowered meditation teachers, who are already seasoned practitioners often involves 5 to 10 years of additional specific teacher training practice.
Certification Requirements: The EMI Level Two 500-Hour Mindfulness Teacher Certification includes additional online and in-person training and instructional learning and 100 hours of mentored practice teaching. Level Two certification requirements include:
EMI 300-Hr Mindfulness Teacher Certification (successful completion of Level One)
Continue daily mindfulness meditation practice (at least five 45-minute sessions logged per week)
Continue daily mindful movement practice (at least three 45-minute sessions logged per week)
Complete one additional seven-day, silent mindfulness meditation retreat (location selected by applicant with approval by EMI faculty mentor)
Successfully complete a seven-day EMI Teacher Training Residential Retreat
Complete five online EMI advanced training modules
Participate fully and constructively in online Community of Practice dialog groups as well as in monthly Small Learning Group video conferences with a faculty mentor, and complete a monthly one-on-one advising call with a faculty mentor
Complete 100 hours of documented practice teaching (under supervision by EMI faculty mentor or other EMI approved supervisor)
Pass online Mindfulness Teacher exam with a score of at least 75 out of a possible 100 points (Participants may retest every 30 days until attaining the required passing score)
Submit a 5 – 10 page Paper describing the learning and insights gained during participants 100 hours of practice teaching and continued training (Participant’s paper must receive a score of at least 75 out of a possible 100 points and may be resubmitted until a passing score is achieved)
Receive a positive evaluation and recommendation for certification from one EMI core faculty and participant’s one-on-one faculty mentor
Complete a final phone or video conference interview with Certification Committee after all other requirements are satisfied
Note: The Engaged Mindfulness Institute reserves the right to ask any participant/student to complete further training and/or practice teaching at the student’s own expense prior to granting 500-Hour Mindfulness Teacher Certification. EMI also reserves the right to refuse certification to any student deemed not to meet the qualifications and competencies required for certification or for whom the role and responsibilities of a mindfulness facilitator or teacher is deemed inappropriate.