A number of unscrupulous individuals have started creating online meditation certification courses as a way to make money off of would-be teachers. This page is a warning about the risk of certifications online. Here’s what you need to know about meditation certifications online.
As a practitioner and teacher it saddens me to see that certain websites (which shall remain unnamed) have begun to use the tradition as a way to make money illegitimately.
The scheme is simple. An individual creates a website marketed to make it look like an official site (the sort of site that would be able to give a widely recognized certificate in meditation). The site is named along the lines of “Meditation university” or “Certified Meditation Course” etc. The site then posts supposedly legitimate accolades such as “Winner of” OR “Resognised by. . .” The site then charges between $500 and $1000 to take the course.
The problem is that these sites / courses are most often run by individuals who are not certified themselves, and the accolades and recognition they post are fabricated. It is not hard to take a picture of, for instance, the Better Business Bureau’s logo and to post it on a website. Anybody could do so.
These online meditation certification courses are only interested in making money and will not offer any kind of officially recognised certification.
So, if you are looking to become a teacher, what do you do?
How to find a good meditation certification online
The only safe way to find officially recognised online meditation certification courses is to contact people or institutes you know you can trust. There are a number of ways to do this:
- Contact insurers: When you teach you will need public liability insurance. Insurers require you to have a recognised qualification. They have a list of institutes that offer such qualifications. Ask them for it.
- Visit meditation centers: Go in person to a center. It is significantly less likely that you will be given incorrect or deceitful information in person. Visit any meditation centers you have in your city (or your nearest city).
- Ask websites you KNOW you can trust: A website with a very high authority (a website which has been around for a long time and has a large following) will almost certainly not lie to you. The reason is simple: they have too much to lose. Bad publicity is something successful websites want to avoid. Visit Alexa (a website which measures the authority and popularity of other websites, and which in itself is very highly regarded). When on Alexa, check for the site’s rank and popularity. If it’s high you can probably trust it. So, find a website you know you can trust, then contact them and ask for their advice on which online meditation certification courses to take.
- Find a teacher: Find a teacher in your area who is recognised and highly respected. They will have taken a meditation course themselves. They probably didn’t take an online meditation course, but they can still offer solid advice.
Be SMART. LOTS of people online are only interested in quick money and will use any old fraud to get it. Do NOT give your money to these people. Seek the advice of people you know you can trust. This will save you time and money. After all, who wants to spend $1000 and take one of the 60 hour online meditation certification courses only to find out their new “qualification” is utterly worthless?
I hope you have found this post useful.