Get Certified

Step 1 - Complete Online Meditation Teacher Training Course

The first step to Get Board Certified is the Meditation Specialist™ Online Meditation Teacher Training Series, during this online program, you will learn the foundation tools of evidence-based meditation and the keys to starting a meditation practice. This course prepares attendees to assist patients who are suffering from healthcare conditions such as cancer, pain, cardiovascular disease, anxiety and depressive disorders, for example, with practical applications for everyday use.

Meditation Specialist™ Online Training: Build Your Foundation (February 2017)
Nurse.com – Focused CE Series
Monday, May 1, 2017 at 1:00 PM – Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 8:30 PM (EDT)

Step 2 - Take the Online Exam

This online exam is a computer-based test offered 2 times per year based on the information received during the online portion of the course. Applications for this test are accepted 30 days prior to the opening of the online exam. It is suggested that you have completed the eight week webinar series before scheduling the exam.

Students who have applied to take the test will be sent a link to take the test. The online test is an open book exam  designed to test your knowledge on Anatomy and Physiology, Meditation Practices and Research in the field of Meditation.  It is composed of multiple choice and true and false questions. Students are given 90 minutes to start and finish the exam in one sitting.    The cost of the exam is $175 to be paid at the site of the exam.

Step 3 - Complete the Teacher Training Meditation Retreat

The Meditation Specialist Meditation Teacher Training Retreat: Take Your Practice to the Next Level is the teacher methodology course of Dr. Susan Taylor’s acclaimed Meditation Specialist™ Training Program: a complete course in the theory, science and practice of meditation therapy, with a focus on healing meditation in a wide range of personal and professional environments. Students are immersed in the powerful learning, restorative and health building techniques unique to the authentic practice of meditation. You will have opportunities to explore questions and impressions arising out of your experience —and, if so inspired, to discuss the steps to becoming a board certified meditation teacher.

Step 4 - Take Teaching Essentials Course

The Meditation Specialist Teaching Essentials Online Workshop has been designed to meet specific teaching needs for those wanting to become board certified in Focused Awareness Meditation. This course prepares the participant for the Practicum Exam.

Participation requires completion of the teacher training webinars and 5-day retreat.

Click on the Register for the Teaching Essentials button and you will be taken to DrSusanTaylor.com where you can add the course to your shopping cart and purchase it.

Step 5 - Take the Practical Exam

This practicum exam is an in-person exam offered 2 times per year based on the information learned during the teacher training portion of the course as well as from your experience student teaching. Applications for this test are accepted 30 days prior to reserve your space. It is suggested that you have completed the eight week webinar series plus, the teacher training and have 150 hours of student teaching before scheduling the exam.

Students who have applied to take the test will be sent a questionnaire to fill out before the actual exam.

The practicum test is an in person event designed to test your knowledge and teaching skills. It is designed to serve as a tutorial to help the student refine their teaching skill. The demonstrations are based on the core competencies that were taught in the teacher training portion of the retreat. Students are given 30 minutes to demonstrate their teaching skills in front of 2 evaluators.

The  exam fee is $225 to be paid with the application. The fee is non-refundable.

Step 6 - Apply for Board Certification

Apply for board certification by filling out the appropriate application online — certification (new applicants) — before May of the year seeking certification.  Prospective students will have had completed the core training (courses 1 and 2) and have passed both exams with a minimum of  75%.

Certification Levels / Credentials

The NMSCB offers Meditation Specialist I (MSI-BC); Clinical Meditation Specialist II (CMSII-BC); and Advanced Practice Meditation Specialist III (APMSIII-BC). A description of the eligibility requirements are listed for each level to support and acknowledge the practitioners skill and experience.

Meditation Specialist I (MSI-BC)

The Meditation Specialist I (MSI-BC) is the first level to obtain certification and requires the minimum requirements.

300 Hours of Training which should include:

  • Eight-Session Webinar Series
  • Retreats offered by the Center for Meditation Science or Equivalent with approval
  • One-year logged personal meditation practice
  • Minimum of 150 hours teaching core competencies in addition to class hours. This may be achieved in a classroom or one-to-one setting.
  • Completion of the Teaching Essentials Online Training prior to testing.
  • Completion of online exam with a minimum score of 75%.
  • Completion of the practicum exam with a minimum score of 75% on each of the core competencies.

Written Exam:  The written exam is a computer-based test offered 4 times per year.  Applications for this test are accepted 30 days prior to the opening of the online exam.  It is suggested that you have completed the eight week webinar series before scheduling the exam.

Practical Exam:  The practical exam is given 2 times per year.  Applications for this test will be accepted at any time; but need to be submitted at least 30 days prior to the test. A minimum of 150 hours of logged teaching is needed prior to taking the practicum exam.

Teaching Hours:  This includes both one – to – one and group classes focusing on teaching principles in mindfulness and focused awareness.

Practice Hours:  This is a log of your own personal daily practice.

Clinical Meditation Specialist II (CMSII-BC)

Clinical Meditation Specialist II (CMSII-BC) is the second level to certification and requires more experience and training.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • An additional 1000 hours total of clinical contact, teaching and personal practice after level I.  Plus, 500 hours of advanced training.
  • Average time span:  2-3 yrs. after level I
  • Clinical contact includes: minimum of 150 hours
  • Teaching includes: minimum of 150 hours (private clients and/or classes)
  • Practice includes: personal daily practice for at least 1 year post level 1.
  • Advanced Training:  500 hours accumulated from advanced training modules(online and/or in person) with Dr. Susan Taylor
  • Testing:  NONE

Clinical Hours:  These are acquired while working with patients or clients.  Clinical hours implies that you are using meditation as a therapy.  Each hour spent counts as 1 hour toward the total.

Teaching Hours:  This includes both one – to – one and group classes focusing on teaching principles in mindfulness and focused awareness.

Practice Hours:  This is a log of your own personal daily practice.
Advanced Training:  The Center for Meditation Science holds 5 advanced training retreats/online classes  that can be used toward the 500 hour requirement.  You may substitute other trainings with approval from the NMSCB.

Advanced Practice Meditation Specialist III (APMSIII-BC)

Advanced Practice Meditation Specialist III (APMSIII-BC) is the highest level to certification and requires the most advanced student who brings their unique programs and skill set to their tool kit.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Completion of the Professional Competency Training or equivalent**
  • Stress Reduction through Mindfulness in Focus or Mindfulness in Mind-Body Medicine
  • Practicum in Focused Awareness or Mindfulness Meditation
  • Teacher Development Intensive (Equivalent of Retreat 2 in the Professional Competency Training)
  • Ongoing daily meditation and  mind-body-centered awareness practice and commitment to the integration of meditation into everyday life
  • Professional experience and graduate degree or equivalent in the fields of health care, education, and/or social change
  • Experience teaching a minimum of four  – five week meditation courses or equivalent
  • Regular participation in advanced training courses and conference calls
  • Usually requires:  3-5 years additional training beyond initial certification
  • Clinical contact includes: 1500 hours
  • Teaching includes: 500 hours (class setting)
  • Practice includes: on going daily practice for at least 3 years
  • Additional Training:  5 advanced training modules

Application Portfolio for the Advanced Practice should include:  

  • One copy of a video of a class that includes examples of you leading meditation practice, engaging in group dialogue and inquiry, and making a didactic presentation. (Option:  May be done onsite with Senior Staff)
  • One copy of your supporting instructional materials, including course curricula, home practice audio tapes or CDs, and workbooks, and other teaching resources.

Letters of recommendation from:

  • A mentor or teacher who is personally familiar with your meditation background
  • Two professional colleagues who have experienced your Evidence-Based meditation teaching through participating in your classes and/or who have referred participants to your meditation courses.

Evaluations from five of your students.

A description of the number, setting, location, and dates of all your meditation classes

Definitions

Clinical Hours:  These are acquired while working with patients or clients.  Clinical hours implies that you are using meditation as a therapy.  Each hour spent counts as 1 hour toward the total.

Teaching Hours:  This includes both one – to – one and group classes focusing on teaching principles in mindfulness and focused awareness.

Practice Hours:  This is a log of your own personal daily practice.

Advanced Training:  The Center for Meditation Science holds 5 advanced training retreats/online classes  that can be used toward advanced practice.  You may substitute other trainings with approval from the NMSCB.

**We expect that MS teachers who apply to sit for board certification will have completed the professional competency training program listed. However, you may make a case for the equivalency of other trainings, retreats, and long-term meditation teaching experience.