International Yoga Teaching Courses in Byron Bay & Melbourne

The Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching is a prerequisite for our 2 year Diploma of Purna Yoga Management.

(International students can qualify for a 1 or 3 year student visa to Australia. Australian students can apply for Austudy)

RTO No. 91522 | Course Code. 10540NAT | CRICOS Code. 03418E


Byron Yoga Centre’s Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching runs for 12 months, 800 hours (RYT 500 hours Level 2 + 300 hours additional units) and is a highly distinguished qualification in yoga teaching that is recognised both in Australia and internationally. In addition, students can also apply for the three year option and stay on to complete the 2 year Diploma of Purna Yoga Management.

Studying with Byron Yoga Centre you are assured of a quality training from the largest yoga academy in Australia, established in 1988. Byron Yoga Centre is a dedicated yoga teacher training organisation and has trained over 3,000 yoga teachers.

The Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching Course can qualify international students for 1 year Australian student visa, and the Diploma for a further 2 years. For more details on how to obtain the student visa, please refer to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) website. Byron Yoga Centre does not offer any other courses for which students can obtain a visa, we operate exclusively as a yoga teacher training centre.



This 12 month course qualifies Australian students for Austudy as it comprises of 20 hours of study each week. Contact us for more details

The Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching effectively more than doubles your qualifications in yoga teaching from a standard 200 hour course. Not only is it recognised with Yoga Alliance and Yoga Australia, but it is also an ASQA (Australian Skills Quality Authority) accredited national course, which can enhance its international standing because Australia has one of the most internationally recognised vocational education systems anywhere in the world. This Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching meets the requirements of quality assurance contained in the Australian Qualifications Framework.

To offer this high standard of teacher training, Byron Yoga Centre is an RTO (Registered Training Organisation) in Australia which is similar to a TAFE, and all our trainers are nationally recognised training and assessment trained trainers.

The Certificate IV is a prerequisite for the 2 year Diploma of Purna Yoga Management. You can now apply for the full 3 years of study at the onset and gain a significant discount on fees. For more information on the 2 year Diploma training see the Diploma webpage.

Byron Bay Intakes

Name Course Start Date Course End Date Cost
G16 January 2020 27/01/2020 26/01/2021 $10,000.00
G17 April 2020 20/04/2020 19/04/2021 $10,000.00
G18 July 2020 15/07/2020 14/07/2021 $10,000.00
G19 October 2020 05/10/2020 04/10/2021 $10,000.00

Melbourne Intakes

Name Course Start Date Course End Date Cost
G8M January 2020 27/01/2020 26/01/2021 $10,000.00
G9M April 2020 22/04/2020 21/04/2021 $10,000.00
G10M July 2020 15/07/2020 14/07/2021 $10,000.00
G11M October 2020 05/10/2020 04/10/2021 $10,000.00


This course runs from 2 days a week in two locations (the study days will be advised closer to the start date.). You can choose from Byron Bay and Melbourne.

The Melbourne training is held at a studio in Fitzroy. The Byron Bay course is run from the Byron Yoga Centre studio in the centre of town and at the training facilities at 50 Skinners Shoot Road.  Please note: The trainings in Byron Bay are not at the Byron Yoga Retreat Centre. 


10540NAT Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching is run over a 52 week period, which is divided into 4 terms of 10 weeks each. There will be 40 teaching weeks and 12 weeks holidays and these dates will be advised after enrolment. During term times students are required to attend training on 2 days each week. Training will consist of fifteen hours of face to face lectures and practical, and five hours of online homework per week.

Course Overview

The program is divided into practical workshops and theory sessions which cover the key elements for developing the skills and knowledge to teach yoga safety and confidently. The session subjects include anatomy and physiology, sequencing, adjustments and corrections, use of props, women’s health and more. A key aspect of the course is the methodology for teaching asana, pranayama and meditation.

The Certificate IV course comprise the 200 hour Level 1 and the 300 hour Level 2 plus additional Certificate IV units (listed below) and Level 3 with advanced sessions. The terms include interesting and useful workshops, covering sequencing and assisting, philosophy, pranayama, meditation and applied anatomy, remedial yoga and Yin yoga.

Throughout the year you will also benefit from daily asana classes to deepen your practice and ongoing practical teaching experience under the supervision of senior Byron Yoga Centre teachers.


1 year Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching AUD$10,000

(3 year option of Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching and Diploma of Purna Yoga Management pay a total of just AUD$27,500)

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students studying on-campus in Australia for the relevant year only. All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.
*In accordance with ESOS Act

The tuition fees are AUD$10,000 which includes the required props used in class, manuals and books. There is no application fee.

As a RTO, Byron Yoga Centre is required to implement a process or strategy that will ensure that fees collected in advance from students are suitably protected.

Accordingly, no more than 50% of the entire course fee will be requested upfront. Fees collected in advance from international students are protected under the provision of the Tuition Protection Service (TPS). Byron Yoga Centre will manage a designated bank account in this regard, where all tuition collected in advance from international students will be housed until the student commences the course.

Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching fees are payable as follows:

  • Deposit of AUD$1500 payable upon acceptance of application
  • A further AUD$3500 due two weeks prior to course commencement
  • A balance of AUD$5000 due two weeks before the commencement of the second term of study

*In the event that a student receives a student visa refusal notice prior to course commencement, an administration fee of AUD$250 will be retained by Byron Yoga Centre and all other monies paid by the student will be refunded.

Please note, a student will be deemed to have defaulted as per Section 47 of the ESOS Act 2000 where the following occurs:

  • A student does not start or fails to arrive on the first day of the course as nominated by Byron Yoga Centre (this includes Orientation)
  • The student withdraws from the course whilst in Australia (before the start date)
  • Entry into the course refused by Byron Yoga Centre because either the student has failed to pay the required upfront fees; the student has breached a condition of their visa; or other misbehaviour by the student.

Once the student has been granted a visa, in the case of a student default as stated above, no refund is applicable except at the discretion of Byron Yoga Centre.


Course information in detail

The course is comprised of 10 units of competency that are transferable within the ASQA education system. These are;

  • YGTWOR401A Work within a yoga school framework
  • YGTPRC402A Perform a range of Yoga practices
  • YGTTEA403A Teach a general yoga class
  • HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
  • HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid
  • BSBSMB420 Evaluate and develop small business operations
  • TAEDEL401 Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning
  • CHCLAH006 Coordinate planning, implementation and monitoring of leisure and health programs
  • CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationships


Byron Yoga Centre applies the principles of validity, reliability, fairness and flexibility in all assessments.

The objective of assessment is for the student to show that they have achieved the unit’s competencies. Students may be assessed by one or more of the following methods:

  • Observation – the completion of a specified task or set of procedures, normally performed under close supervision, using a detailed checklist.
  • Oral questioning– a response is provided to a series of questions presented in order to demonstrate understanding of principles or reasoning behind the action taken.
  • Case study– an opportunity to display problem solving and decision making skills is provided in a simulated context.
  • Multiple choice– a question or incomplete statement followed by several options [usually 4 – 5] from which the trainee selects the appropriate answer/s.
  • Written short answer– a written response item consisting of a question/s with answers of a single word, a few words, a sentence, or a paragraph.
  • Project– an exercise or investigation based on a real life situation, generally requiring a significant part of the work being carried out without supervision, and involving the completion of a project report.

Application Requirements

You must demonstrate English Language Proficiency and hold an IELTS Certificate showing an Overall Band Score at a minimum level of 5.5. It is essential that students are able to read and understand written English and are able to communicate effectively in English.

You must have an interest and some experience in Yoga; you do not need to be an expert as there is time over the year to improve your yoga practice. The minimum requirement for entry is that students must have attended a minimum of 10 classes in any yoga studio. A pre-enrolment interview will be organized in order to access your yoga experience.

You must have a lap top or access to a computer to complete on line homework.

You may apply for Recognition of Prior Learning; however it should be noted that only Australian qualifications will be accepted by Byron Yoga Centre and that such Recognition could affect the term of your visa. Direct Credit Transfer for certain units of competency may be available depending on your prior study. Please contact for more information.


Working while studying in Australia

As a student visa holder, you are permitted to work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight when your course is in session, and unlimited hours when your course is out of session. Please note you cannot work until you have commenced your course in Australia.

Work that is formally registered as part of your course is not included in the 40 hours per fortnight limitation.

Students must comply with the work conditions for student visa (subclass 500) holders. Please refer to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) website.



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How to apply

Please complete the online application form. Just click on the green ‘Apply’ button on the dates table at the top of the page.

Tel: +61 (2) 6685 8327 (outside Australia)

(02) 6685 8327 (inside Australia)


Application Step-by-Step Process Model:

  1. Student enquiry and Application online or via email
  2. Application interview is arranged, documents requested and evidence is provided by the student
  3. Letter of Offer is issued by Byron Yoga Centre
  4. Student Acceptance: return signed forms and payment of deposit is arranged
  5. Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) is issued by Byron Yoga Centre
  6. Health cover arrangements (OSHC) by the student
  7. Student Visa application with the Department of Home Affairs (Immigration)
  8. Student makes payment of balance of fees
  9. Once visa is granted, student travels to Australia and sets up living arrangements, mobile phone, bank account, etc.
  10. Student arrives at Byron Yoga Centre Studio for Orientation and commencement of the course

Teaching Faculty

Under the guidance of Byron Yoga Centre’s Director and veteran yoga teacher, John Ogilvie,  the teaching staff on this course are all experienced and dedicated. You’ll be inspired by our resident and guest yoga teachers alike, who ‘walk their talk’, living the yoga lifestyle, and are all knowledgeable and passionate about their subjects.

Other teachers include:

John Ogilvie | Kara Goodsell | Davina Kruse | Marita Dortins | Maria Kirsten | Jade Abbott

Student testimonials

“I have absolutely loved my time here. Love the teachers. Love learning. Love yoga! Thank you.” – Certificate IV Graduate, 2011

“I learnt so much studying with the Byron Yoga Centre. I felt really supported by the teachers and enjoyed connecting to my group. Thank you! Marta from Italy.”  Certificate IV Graduate, 2017



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Training Location – Byron Bay

The Byron Bay courses are held at our studio in the centre of Byron Bay at 6 Byron Street and at the training facilities at 50 Skinners Shoot Road (not at Byron Yoga Retreat Centre).


Training Location – Melbourne

The Melbourne trainings are held at the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Melbourne, Level 1, 110 – 112 Argyle St, Fitzroy. This is a fantastic area for cafes and shops.

“This environment that you all continually create is so valuable. I have never felt more supported and safe in my entire life than I do here at Purna. I never want to leave. I have such love, admiration and respect for absolutely everyone here. You are all absolutely fantastic!”  Certificate IV Graduate, 2011.

Byron Bay – General Information

Cape Byron is Australia’s most easterly point, located on the North Coast of New South Wales. With its numerous beaches, unspoilt hinterland, and relaxed lifestyle, Byron Bay is a popular tourist destination. It is also a place where artists, musicians, dancers, writers, surfers, healers and of course yogis express their diversity and individuality.

The town has all major facilities: a hospital, cinema, supermarket, health food stores and great restaurants, as well as a flourishing alternative health industry. Bicycle is the easiest way to get around town and easily organised through Byron Yoga Centre.

The average summer temperature is 21C – 28C, and average winter temperature is 15C – 21C, There are also periods of heavy rainfall, especially in summer. The area has a total annual rainfall of 1734mm. Byron Shire has a population of close to 30,000, while the town of Byron Bay has a population of about 9,000.

Byron Bay is located just off the Pacific Highway, 800kms north of Sydney, 175kms south of Brisbane. Airports are located in Ballina (30mins south) or Coolangatta (60mins north) and buses and trains arrive regularly.

The following websites provide information about Byron Bay and the surrounding area:  | | |


Melbourne – General Information

Melbourne is the coastal capital of the southeastern Australian state of Victoria. At the city’s centre is the modern Federation Square development, with plazas, bars, and restaurants by the Yarra River. The Fitzroy area is an inner-city suburb of Melbourne, 3 km north-east of Melbourne’s Central Business District.

Melbourne’s alternative side is full-force in Fitzroy, the inner-city mecca for all things cool and kooky. Wander along Brunswick Street, Fitzroy’s main drag, for tonnes of vintage clothing stores and second-hand bookshops. Take your pick from an array of cafés and restaurants, like the famous vegetarian spot Vegie Bar.

The following websites provide information about Melbourne and the Fitzroy area: – Fitzroy