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 focused awareness 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 Meditation Foundation Course.
  2. Complete the Meditation Teaching Method Course.
  3. Submit a video of your teaching for review.
  4. Apply for board certification.

What is the exact sequence for getting certified ?

Step 1: Complete the Meditation Teacher Foundation Course

Step 2: Complete the Meditation Teaching Method Course.

Step 3: Apply for Board Certification.

You will be notified upon receipt of the application.  Applications are reviewed within 30 days.

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 for continuing education units, there are exams through a credentialing center.

For those who are not opting for CEU’s, there are review questions.  The final step requires all students to submit a video of their teaching followed by a one-to-one session with our founder to ensure that you are getting the best possible training.

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.  This  can be achieved by teaching any of the practices. e.g. diaphragmatic breathing, relaxation, posture support etc….

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 be board certified how do I get a video of the class?

More and more students have access to record their classes via smart phone for example.  We require that you record a session so that when you meet with Dr. Taylor and have a board review, that we can assist you where needed.  Allowing this process has given students the opportunity to do what they do, without traveling to a site that is unfamiliar to them.  All sessions are offered live via a skype or google hangouts or by contacting [email protected]

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 needs 30 days to review a candidate for board certification.

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.

When can I start?

There is no official start date.  The course is self-paced so you can take it at your own convenience.  We have found that students that are new to the field require more time to assimilate the knowledge and practices than students who have experience and prior training.

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

[email protected]  or the Live Chat