After you have completed the OMC Foundational Teacher Training, there are two different options of teacher certification:
The Trained Teacher Certificate
does not involve a Mindfulness- Based Interventions: Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI:TAC) assessment. Your teaching videos will not be assessed by a trained MBI:TAC assessor, however, your supervisor/ mentor will have seen samples of your teaching and will be asked whether they support your application. This Certificate validates that you have completed the required level of training the OMC believes is necessary (as a minimum) to teach mindfulness and that you have taught at least two courses. It does not certify your level of competence.
The Certificate of Competence
requires a full competency assessment which involves submitting recordings of you teaching an MBCT course. These recordings are viewed by
a highly trained assessor, who will assess your teaching based on the Mindfulness-Based Interventions: Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI:TAC). The Certificate of Competence is awarded if your teaching is assessed as competent, or above, in all six domains. This assessment is an internationally recognised process, and assessments are made by highly experienced teachers who have themselves undergone lengthy and rigorous training in how to assess reliably.
Criteria for teacher certification:
|Requirements||Trained Teacher Certificate||Certificate of Competence|
|Teacher Training||Completed one of the OMC Teacher Training Pathways||Completed a recognised MBCT training pathway|
|Teaching Experience||Taught or co-taught a minimum of 2 MBCT* courses under supervision/ mentoring||Taught or co-taught a minimum of 2 MBCT* courses under supervision/ mentoring|
|Assessment||– Your supervisor/ mentor, who has seen evidence of your teaching, will be asked whether they support your application
– You will also be assessed on your written reflective statements on what you have learnt through supervision/ mentoring and through teaching
|– The recordings of your teaching will be assessed by a trained assessor using the MBI:TAC|
* The term MBCT includes MBCT-D, MBCT-L and Finding Peace in a Frantic World.
For more information on requirements and how to apply:
How do I decide which to apply for?
We are offering a flexible approach. When you have completed your Foundational Teacher Training and taught at least two courses under supervision/ mentoring, you then have a choice:
– To apply for a Trained Teacher Certificate
– To apply for a Certificate of Competence
– To apply for Trained Teacher Certificate now and apply for a Certificate of Competence at a later date
So how might you choose? Relevant questions might be whether a Certificate of Competence is necessary or useful in the professional context in which you teach, and if it isn’t, whether you would like it anyway. Or perhaps you would like to apply for a Certificate of Competence at a later stage. Maybe Competency Assessment is simply not yet available in your language and country; or you just want to wait until you have more experience of teaching. You might like a Trained Teacher Certificate now to evidence the training you have completed and your readiness to teach mindfulness.
Trained Teacher Certificate
The Trained Teacher Certificate will show that OMC considers you to be fully trained to teach MBCT i.e. you have completed all the stages of our Foundational Teacher Training and have taught at least 2 MBCT courses under supervision/ mentoring from a trained supervisor/ mentor.
Why are we introducing it?
The Trained Teacher Certificate is not a Certificate of Competence and does not replace it. Competency assessment based on the MBI:TAC is a rigorous process and not every trainee may wish to apply for this. In countries where MBCT has only recently been introduced, it will take some time before competency assessment is available in the trainee’s own language and takes into account cultural sensitivity. In the meantime, trainees can apply for a Certificate ‘to hang on the wall’ which validates the quality of their training and their experience of teaching.
You need to have completed the OMC Foundational Teacher Training, taught at least 2 courses under supervision/ mentoring, and write reflective statements on what you have learnt through supervision/ mentoring and through teaching. Your supervisor/ mentor will be asked to support your application. For more information on the application process, see the resources below.
If you have any further questions before applying, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Trained Teacher Certificate Resources
|Handbook||The handbook contains full details of the application process. Please do not proceed to the application form until you have read this.||Open|
|Portfolio Template||You will be asked to upload a portfolio to your application using this template.||Download|
|Supporting Statement Template||You will be asked to upload a supporting statement from your supervisor/ mentor to your application using this template.||Download|
|Code of Conduct||As part of your application, you must confirm that you are committed to adhering to a Code of Conduct relevant to your professional context, and one that includes ethics when teaching mindfulness, an example can be found here.||Open|
READY TO APPLY FOR A TRAINED
Certificate of Competence
Please note: at the moment we are only offering competency assessment to trainees on the OMC Training Pathway.
The requirements for applying for formal competency assessment are set out in the MBCT International Training Pathway (Segal et al., 2018). Before applying, you will have taught at least two MBCT courses as an apprentice, with regular ongoing supervision/ mentoring of your teaching from an experienced MBCT supervisor/ mentor. Your supervisor/ mentor may advise you to gain more experience of teaching before applying for a formal assessment.
If you meet the pre-requisite criteria and you are assessed as competent in all six domains of the MBI:TAC, you will be awarded a Certificate of Competency to Teach MBCT from the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.
Certificate of Competence Resources
|Handbook||The handbook contains information on how to formally apply. Please do check this process to ensure you are eligible to apply.||Open|
|MBI:TAC summary||A summary of the MBI:TAC is available on this page.||Open|
|MBI:TAC addendum for online delivery of Mindfulness-Based Programmes||Courses taught online and submitted for assessment must comply with this document||Open|