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ACE: Ayurvedic Counselor and Educator Certificate Program

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Application deadline: Saturday, January 4, 2020

Program starts: Monday, January 6, 2020

Program ends: Friday, July 31, 2020



The Āyurvedic Counselor and Educator (ACE) Certificate Program is an introductory professional program for students embarking on a career in Āyurveda. Students learn the foundations of Āyurveda, avenues of practice, core principles, components of health
for healthy individuals and generalized health management using diet, lifestyle and self-care treatments.

The ACE Program combines independent study using self-paced lessons with instructor-led, live, online classes. This format promotes concentrated study of basic materials with interactive class time. Students must complete AYU-100 and AYU-101 before classes begin on January 6, 2020.

Courses held during Spring Semester include a combination of self-paced lessons with instructor-led, live, online classes. This provides students with some flexibility in scheduling study time. Live classes are held 2 hours each week, plus 4.5 hours each month.


Skills and Outcomes

Successful graduates of the Āyurvedic Counselor and Educator (ACE) Certificate Program are prepared to apply basic Ayurvedic skills in their personal lives and professional spheres on an introductory level. They can speak to a broad range of topics related to normal health and its presentations in the general population. They understand the positive and potentially negative impacts of applying Ayurveda through their own personal study in the program.

Graduates are capable and confident to share accurate information and a thorough understanding of health from the classical literature of Traditional Ayurvedic Medicine. Additionally, they are trained in its practical application, and expected modifications, required for use in Western demographics and locations.

Training from the Āyurvedic Counselor and Educator (ACE) Certificate Program equips healthcare professionals with the tools they need to understand the big picture and scope of the holistic medical paradigm through the lens of Ayurveda. Nurses, doctors, massage therapists, chiropractors, naturopaths and many other medical professionals find this training to be a missing key in healthcare.



Instructor: Jessica Vellela, BAMS

Program length

  • 255 hours total

  • 100 hours independent study (45 hours must be complete before Jan 7, 2020)

  • 80 hours live, online class

  • 75 hours pre-clinical externship


  • Age 18 years or older on admission

  • Valid, government-issued photo ID

  • Valid email address

Co-requisite study (must be completed by April 24, 2020)


  • All classes, including pre-clinical externship, are online.

  • January through May, 2 hours per week plus 4.5 hours once a month

  • June and July, 4 hours per week plus 6 hours pre-clinical practice

Costs and payment plan

  • One-time registration fee, $100

  • Total tuition, including pre-clinical externship, $4,400

  • Textbooks, $240

Additional requirements

  • Personal computer and internet connection


Qualified candidates

All candidates for the Āyurvedic Counselor and Educator (ACE) Certificate Program must meet the General Admission Criteria. Additionally, US or International candidates must meet their specific criteria.

General Admission Criteria

  1. Age: at least 18 years of age on the first day of class

  2. Identification: valid copy of government-issued photo ID

  3. Email: valid email address and consent to receive all correspondence electronically

Criteria for US candidates only

  1. Education: submit proof of completion of secondary education (high school diploma, GED certificate or the home-schooling equivalent) or higher

  2. Interview: complete an online live interview with an Admissions Counselor

  3. Co-requisite: complete the Applied Sanskrit for Āyurveda and Yoga I workshop, or equivalent, by April 24, 2020

Criteria for International candidates only

  1. Education: submit proof of completion for the home country's equivalent of secondary education

  2. Interview: complete an online, live interview with an Admissions Counselor

  3. English: demonstrated proficiency in English during Admissions Interview

All international credentials in any language other than English must be translated with equivalency proof. Translations are accepted from any of the following Foreign Credential Evaluation Services:


Pre-requisites and co-requisites


There are no formal pre-requisites for the Āyurvedic Counselor and Educator (ACE) Certificate Program. However, students must complete the first two subjects of the program through independent study before classes begin on January 7, 2020.

The two subjects are AYU-100 (30 hours) and AYU-101 (15 hours). These subjects utilize self-study material that students can complete on their own schedule. They also must submit Competency Checkpoints (multiple choice exams) online.

The only co-requisite for the Āyurvedic Counselor and Educator (ACE) Certificate Program is the 10-hour Sanskrit workshop, Applied Sanskrit for Āyurveda and Yoga I workshop. 

This can be completed as a co-requisite along with the ACE program by April 24, 2020.

This workshop includes 6 hours of independent study with online video lecture, and 4 hours of live, online class.

Course descriptions


The Āyurvedic Counselor and Educator (ACE) Certificate Program includes six lecture courses and one pre-clinical externship course.

[AYU-100] Introduction to professional Āyurveda

Online, 2.0 credits

30 hours, independent study

Must be completed before January 7, 2020

Students complete a formal introduction to the practice and scope of professional Āyurveda. They perform a comprehensive, accelerated review of required general  knowledge from prerequisites. Students analyze this knowledge from local, national and international Āyurvedic perspectives and learn to bridge concepts from Western sciences for practical application.

[AYU-101] Sanskrit for the ACE

Online, 1.0 credit

15 hours, independent study

Must be completed before January 7, 2020

Students apply basic knowledge of Sanskrit for practical application at this professional level. They review common terms, practice their pronunciation, word dissection and formation. Through repetition and example, students gain familiarity with common terms to prepare them for further study.

[AYU-105] Introduction to core principles and the human body

Online, 3.0 credits

45 hours, including 20 hours of independent study and 25 hours of live class

Students complete an introductory review of the study of the human body in classical
Āyurveda and correlate concepts to pre-clinical applications. Students learn the consolidation of key classical opinions, perspectives and schools of thought. Students deepen their understanding through personal application.

[AYU-106] Introduction to healthy living

Online, 3.0 credits

45 hours, including 20 hours of independent study and 25 hours of live class

Students learn the core principles of healthy living in classical Āyurveda and how to apply
concepts through practical applications. Factors that influence health externally and internally are discussed and practiced, including environment, time, season, routines, sleep, constitution, digestion, diet, physical activity, mental disposition, resilience and age.

[AYU-107] Introduction to pre-clinical Āyurveda

Online, 2.0 credits

30 hours, including 15 hours of independent study and 15 hours of live class

Students are introduced to the foundations of pre-clinical, therapeutic management in classical Āyurveda. Basic interventions using diet, lifestyle, routines and habits are reviewed. Students practice interventions personally and learn how to measure the doṣas to calculate outcomes. Professional communication skills are also practiced in the classroom setting.

[AYU-108] Āyurveda for pre-clinical applications

Online, 1.0 credits

15 hours, live class

Students are introduced to professional practice and the requirements for ethics, communication, documentation and other aspects of professionalism. They learn to integrate the responsibilities within their scope of practice. Students practice through case examples and discussion.

[AYU-140] Pre-clinical Āyurveda

Online, 2.0 credits

75 hours, including 30 hours of lab and 45 hours of pre-clinical practice

Externs practice pre-clinical Āyurveda for eight weeks under supervision of an Āyurvedic
Doctor and Certified Svastha Āchāryas. Each week, externs spend 6 hours on pre-clinical
practice via telehealth and 3.75 hours in pre-clinical discussion. They engage with clients in
counselling and education to promote general health and well-being.


Pre-clinical externship

Pre-clinical externship includes two portions of training:

  • Pre-clinical orientation with two theory classes (AYU-107 and AYU-108) from April 28 to June 3, 2020, of 45 hours total

  • Pre-clinical practice with bi-weekly clinical discussion classes (Mondays and Wednesdays) plus six hours of telehealth practice

Each extern must complete 25 case encounters with appropriate documentation and submit their results on a regular basis. Case encounters include observed cases, group study cases and those managed independently for initial or follow-up cases.



The Āyurvedic Counselor and Educator (ACE) Certificate Program is taught in three segments.

  1. Spring semester, January 6 to April 24, 2020

  2. Pre-clinical orientation, April 27 to June 5, 2020

  3. Pre-clinical practice, June 8 to July 31, 2020

Spring semester class schedules

January 6 to April 24, 2020

  1. Tuesdays, 8 to 9pm (ET)

  2. Wednesdays, 8 to 9pm (ET)

  3. One Sunday each month, 12 to 4:30pm (ET)

    1. January 26, 2020​

    2. February 16, 2020

    3. March 15, 2020

    4. April 5, 2020

Pre-clinical orientation class schedules

April 27 to June 5, 2020

  1. Tuesdays, 8 to 9pm (ET)

  2. Wednesdays, 8 to 9pm (ET)

  3. Four Saturdays in May 2020, 12 to 3pm (ET)

    1. May 2, 2020​

    2. May 9, 2020

    3. May 16, 2020

    4. May 30, 2020

Pre-clinical practice schedules

June 8 to July 31, 2020

  1. Mondays, 7 to 9pm (ET)

  2. Wednesdays, 7 to 8:45pm (ET)

  3. Weekly, six hours of pre-clinical practice via telehealth


Costs and payment plan

The total cost of the Āyurvedic Counselor and Educator (ACE) Certificate Program is $4,740 when the program is completed in the standard time frame of 7 months.

Standard costs

  1. One-time registration fee: $100

  2. Total tuition, including pre-clinical externship: $4,400

  3. Required books: $240

Additional costs may include

  1. Multi-year fee: $400

  2. Late payment fee: $100

  3. Additional, personal costs (varies)

Students may opt to complete the program over multiple years. When they elect this option, the multi-year fee is due at the beginning of each subsequent year. All standard costs must be paid within the first year of enrollment.

All additional costs are the responsibility of the student. These may include a personal computer and equipment, financial transaction fees (currency conversion, wire transfer, etc) and externship.

Payment deadlines are by 5pm Eastern Time on the date listed. Late payments are subject to a $100 Late Payment Fee unless the student notifies the Academy in advance and receives approval.

Payment Plan

Tuition may be paid in full at the start of the program, or as interest-free installments.

  1. First payment, $700, on admission to the program

  2. Second payment, $2,200, by January 15, 2020

  3. Third payment, $1,500, by April 15, 2020

Payment methods

All payments are accepted electronically, unless otherwise agreed upon.

  1. Workshop fees, PayPal

  2. Registration fees, PayPal

  3. Tuition, ACH debit (electronic checking)

  4. Books, ACH debit (electronic checking)



Required textbooks for the Āyurvedic Counselor and Educator (ACE) Certificate Program total $240. These can be purchased through the Academy or any vendor of choice.

Books must only be purchased when the student is ready to begin the related portion of the program.

On admission to the program, and at the start of independent study

  1. ACE Series, Volume 1, $40

  2. Modern and Global Ayurveda

Spring Semester

  1. ACE Series, Volume 2, $40

  2. ACE Series, Volume 3, $40

Pre-clinical Orientation

  1. ACE Series, Volume 4, $65

All prices include shipping and handling within the continental US.