Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching – 12 Month (RYT 500hrs + 300hrs)

Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching – 12 Month (RYT 500hrs + 300hrs) 2018-02-08T14:49:42+00:00

International Yoga Teaching Courses in Byron Bay & Melbourne

The Certificate IV 12 month training is a prerequisite for our 2 year Diploma in Purna Yoga Management course

(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 12 month 800 hour (RYT 500 hours Level 2 + 300 hours additional units) Certificate IV Yoga Teacher Training Course represents one of the highest possible qualifications in yoga teaching that is recognised both in Australia and internationally.

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

The Certificate IV international yoga teaching course can qualify students for a 12 month international student visa. For more details on how to obtain a 12 month international student visa, which also allows you to work for 40 hours per fortnight in paid employment, email us admin@byronyoga.com



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

The Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching doubles your qualifications in yoga teaching. 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. Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching meets the requirements of quality assurance contained in the Australian Qualifications Framework.

Byron Bay Intakes for 2018/2019

Name Course Start Date Course End Date Cost
G8 March 2018 09/03/2018 08/03/2019 $10,000.00
G9 May 2018 28/05/2018 27/05/2019 $10,000.00
G10 August 2018 22/08/2018 21/08/2019 $10,000.00
G11 October 2018 19/10/2018 18/10/2019 $10,000.00
G12 January 2019 30/01/2019 29/01/2020 $10,000.00

Melbourne Intakes for 2018/2019

Name Course Start Date Course End Date Cost
G1M March 2018 17/03/2018 16/03/2019 $10,000.00
G2M June 2018 16/06/2018 15/06/2019 $10,000.00
G3M September 2018 10/09/2018 09/09/2019 $10,000.00
G4M January 2019 28/01/2019 27/01/2020 $10,000.00


This course runs from 9am-6pm 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 Byron Bay course is run from the Byron Yoga Centre studio in the centre of town and the Melbourne training is held at a studio in Fitzroy. Please note: The trainings in Byron Bay are held at our studio in the centre of Byron Bay at 6 Byron Street (not at Byron Yoga Retreat Centre). 


10540NAT Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching is run over a 52 week period, which is divided into four terms of ten weeks each. There will be holidays between each term. 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.

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 first two terms of the Certificate IV course comprise the 200 hour Level 1 and the 300 hour Level 2. You then move onto the additional Certificate IV units (listed below) and Level 3. These terms include interesting and useful advanced workshops, covering advanced 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 and Diploma pay a total of just AUD$27,000)

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

Tuition fees include all training, required props and learning materials.

As a Registered Training Organisation, 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 collected 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 fees are payable as follows:

  • Upon acceptance of application for enrolment pay the deposit of AUD$1500
  • Six weeks prior to course commencement a further AUD$3500
  • Within two weeks before the commencement of the second term of study the balance of AUD$5000

In the event that a student does not receive a visa, 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
  • BSBSMB405 Monitor and manage 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

Entry requirements and English language requirements

You must demonstrate English Language Proficiency and hold an IELTS Certificate showing an Overall Band Score at a minimum level of 5.5.

You must complete an Application for Enrolment form and include details of your Yoga background and experience. Each application is considered on an individual basis. It is essential that students are able to read and understand written English and are able to communicate effectively in English.

Prior to commencement of training we encourage students to have a regular practice. The requirement for entry into the course is that students must have attended a minimum of 10 classes.

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. For RPL enquiries, contact: admin@byronyoga.com

Working in Australia: Permission To Work

Applicants granted student visas will automatically receive permission to work with their visa grant. Most student visa holders will no longer need to apply separately in Australia for permission to work. Please note that you will NOT be able to work in Australian until the first official day of classes when the education provider will confirm your study commencement. Byron Yoga Centre will do this automatically on the first official day of classes, or you may request that they do.

Working While Studying

1. You are not permitted to start work until you have commenced your course of study

2. You can work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight during the term and unlimited hours when your course is not in session.

3. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) considers your course to be ‘in session’:

  • for the duration of the advertised semesters (including periods when exams are being held)
  • if you have completed your studies and your Confirmation of Enrolment is still in effect
  • if you are undertaking another course, during a break from your main course and the points will be credited to your main course.

For a full list of mandatory and discretionary student visa conditions: please click here




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How to apply

Submit an online enquiry, just click on the green ‘Enrol’ button on the dates table above.

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

(02) 6685 8327 (inside Australia)

Email: education@byronyoga.com

Application Step-by-Step Process Model:

STEP 1: Student enquiry and Enrolment Application online or via email

STEP 2: Letter of Offer by Byron Yoga Centre

STEP 3: Student Acceptance:
return signed forms, provide required evidence, payment of deposit is arranged

STEP 4: Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) is issued by Byron Yoga Centre

STEP 5: Health cover arrangements (OSHC) by the student

STEP 6: Student Visa application with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC)

STEP 7: Student makes payment of balance of fees

STEP 8: Student makes travel and/or accommodation arrangements

STEP 9: Student arrives in Australia and sets up living arrangements, mobile phone, bank account, etc

STEP 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 | Alicia Ryan | Jade Abbott

Student testimonials

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



Find a list of Agents Byron Yoga Centre is currently engaged with here

Training Location – Byron Bay

The Byron Bay course intakes are held at our studio in the centre of Byron Bay at 6 Byron Street (not at Byron Yoga Retreat Centre). This is close to many cafes, the supermarket and to the beach.


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:

www.byronbay.com  | www.echo.net.au | www.byronbaynow.com | www.byronbay.org


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:

www.melbourne.vic.gov.auwww.visitvictoria.comwww.lonelyplanet.comwikipedia.org – Fitzroy