Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Meditation Specialist?

A person who is competent in the science, theory and philosophy as well as the practice of systematic meditation – bringing mindfulness into focus.  One who can serve as a leader in the field of evidence-based meditation and it’s practices from a stress-reduction model.

What type of meditation does the Center for Meditation Science teach?

The program teaches Focused Awareness Meditation, an Evidence-based Meditation which combines mindfulness with the essential component of concentration, making it a complete meditation. It is based on a five-step systematic practice of bringing mindfulness into focus.

What is the purpose of national certification?

  • Establishes minimum knowledge and competency standards for Meditation as a practice,
  • Assures the public that the certified meditation specialist has completed all eligibility requirements to earn a credential verifying he/she has achieved the level of knowledge and competency required for practice of meditation as a therapy, and
  • Recognizes those practitioners who have met those standards.

What does certification in meditation mean?

Certification is the process that a non-governmental authority uses to grant recognition to an individual who has met specified qualifications and competencies in a defined area of practice. Based on predetermined standards of professional practice, a meditation specialist validates her/his qualifications and specialized clinical knowledge for practice by seeking the credential conferred by such an authority.

Certification is a voluntary process and should not be confused with a legal professional license. The National Meditation Specialist Certification Board (NMSCB) is responsible for the Certification Processes of Meditation Specialists.

Why Does Certification Matter?

  • NMS board certified specialists have met strong professional development standards.
  • NMS certification exams are a fair and accurate measure of professional competency.
  • NMS certification is now becoming accepted by governing boards, insurers, and the military.
  • NMS board certified specialists are in the greatest demand and command the highest salaries.

The NMSB is passionate about helping you on your journey to defining meditation as a complementary therapy!

What does the training consist of to become a board certified meditation specialist?

  1. Complete the Online Foundation Course.
  2. Complete the Teacher Training Retreat.
  3. Complete the Teaching Method Course.
  4. Successful participate in the Practicum Session.
  5. Apply for board certification before May of the year seeking certification. See Get Certified link for more information.

What is the exact sequence for getting certified ?

Step 1: Complete the Foundation Online Course

Step 2: Participate in the 5-Day Retreat

Step 3: Complete the Teaching Method Online Course.

Step 4:  Successful participate in the  Practicum Certification.

Step 5: Apply for Board Certification.

You will be notified upon receipt of the application.  Applications are reviewed in May.

Why should I become a Board Certified Meditation Specialist?

With over 8 million people practicing meditation the need for qualified teachers is in demand. The Meditation Specialist Teacher Training program is the only complete training available  with science and practice and has not commercialized its content.  With over 15 years of teaching Evidenced-based practices it has been recognized as a a skills building competence program.  The need for qualified individuals to teach are in demand. The board certification provides a standardization of competency that is recognized and needed.

What will be the credential of a Meditation Specialist?

The NMSCB offers three Certifications:

Meditation Specialist I (MSI-BC)
Clinical Meditation Specialist II (CMSII-BC)
Advanced Practice Meditation Specialist III (APMSIII-BC).

Why did the NMSC Board decide to provide a national certification process?

The board was created to ensure that there is no partiality among different schools of meditation and to standardize the criteria to establish competency.

How can I get board certified as a Meditation Specialist?

Please visit the Get Certified page to get started.

Why does initial training take over one year?

Students need at least a year to develop a personal practice and learn methodology and application of all practices to be pass the competencies.  We have found that those students new to the process need the extra time to feel integrate the practices before teaching.

Is there an Exam?

For those taking the program through OnCourseLearning ( there is an online exam.  You will be given the link once completing the 8 session webinar series through that organization.

If I want to take the practicum certification, what is a good timeline for me to have in mind?

We suggest that you take the practicum session upon completion all components of the certification process or the equivalent.   The practicum session option is available 1 time per year after the teacher retreat.

What can I expect in the practicum certification?

You will be required to demonstrate your knowledge of the subject matter and ability to lead a class or individual integrating all of the core competencies.   An evaluator will ask questions to determine your knowledge base on what purpose the competency has with regard to the practice of meditation.  You are also expected to be able to modify any of the core competencies for a given population that is suggested.  A worksheet will be given prior to testing so that you will be prepared.

How do I prepare for the core competencies?

The 5-day teacher training provides students with the opportunity to experience, teach and review the core competencies.   It is suggested that if you come with little to no experience that you take additional trainings to support your ongoing learning.

What can I use to prepare for Certification?

Retreats, personal practice and online webinars prepare you for the core competencies required to obtain your board certification. However, you need to have an additional 150 hours of practice teaching either in a group or one-on-one before becoming certified.

How long does the Certification process take?

Most students can get certified within one – two years with daily practice and prior training.

Do I have to be a nurse or a health care provider to apply for the Meditation Specialist Certification?

No, however, you must have an interest in the science behind the techniques.  Social workers, physical therapists, yoga and occupational therapists, nutritionists, and teachers from varied backgrounds have successfully completed the course.

What courses can I use to count towards the continuing education requirement to apply for a higher level of certification?

There are many available through the Center for Meditation Science and the Himalayan Institute. Other programs can be used also with prior approval from the certification board.

How long is my certification good for?

Two years from the time of certification.

Does the Center for Meditation Science offer courses on Holistic Health or related topics?

Where do I get my certification from?

The Center for Meditation Science.

When ready to take the practicum certification when and where can I take it?

This session is offered live and for those that cannot travel, can arrange for a skype session by contacting [email protected]

How do I pay for the practicum certification?

Fill out the Practical Test application and send payment and form electronically or via a check for $225 along with the application to the Center for Meditation Science, 99 Grimms Road, Honesdale Pa 18431  (Indicate on the form what date that you would like to take each portion of the board certification exams)

When can I use the title "meditation specialist" ?

We use “specialist” to imply that you have the skill and experience to design and implement meditation in any clinical setting.  Therefore, we use board certified meditation specialist from the Center for Meditation Science to only be used when a student successfully demonstrates the skill set taught, which require that there is expertise in the field.  Our directory listing shows those individuals who are board certified.  Organizations use this directory to see those individuals using the term meditation specialist to see if they are authentically trained and certified.  One can only use board certified through the Dr. Susan Taylor and the Center only after achieving board certification not after completing coursework.

The Meditation Specialist ™ Teacher Training, provides the art and science of meditation, as well as the technology behind it, in order to offer the most comprehensive training currently available.

If I complete the application process, when will it be reviewed?

At this time the board is reviewing applications in May.

Can a person be certfied as a Meditation Specialist I, II, III at the same time?

No, once someone has reached the next level, they no longer use the prior credential.

If I have questions concerning anything, whom should I contact?

[email protected]  or the Live Chat