PACE Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ: Professional Ayurvedic Continuing Education

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Q: How do I keep track of my PACE credits?

A: You may view your PACE Credits through your NAMA account by doing the following:
  1. Login to your NAMA account.
  2. Under the heading "Content & Features", select "Professional Development".
  3. Select the "Certifications/Programs", (it is located next to the "Journal Entries" tab).
  4. An outline of your earned PACE credits will display.

Q: How do I earn PACE credits?

A: You may earn PACE credits from PACE approved courses and/or non-PACE approved courses.

The 2018-2019 PACE cycle requires all Professional Members to earn 30 credits:
  • Ethics Quiz (passing score ≥ 80%) (REQUIRED) = 02 Credits Max
  • Topics In Ayurveda (TIA) (REQUIRED)
    • Max = 28 Credits
    • Min = 19 Credits
  • Topics In Wellness (TIW) (OPTIONAL) = 9 Credits Max
One PACE credit is equal to one contact hour of continuing education: One contact hour is equal to 50 minutes of class time and 10 minutes of break.

You would need to submit a letter/certificate of attendance/completion issued by the course presenter/provider/administrator indicating the hours of training you completed and the date of completion.

Click here to see the list of recommended PACE programs.

Click here to learn how to receive credit for non-listed courses.

Q: May I receive credit for courses not taught by PACE Providers or courses not listed on the NAMA website?

A: Yes. We encourage professional members to earn their PACE credits from PACE Programs taught by PACE Providers, but credits may be earned from non-PACE (i.e., non-listed) workshops, seminars, conferences and courses. To receive credits for non-PACE programs, submit your credits here.

Q: What is the NAMA Ethics Quiz?

A: The ethics quiz is a short 20-question quiz that all certified ayurvedic professionals must pass every PACE cycle in order to receive their 2 required PACE Ethics credits. The ethics quiz tests certified ayurvedic professionals' knowledge of the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, which all certified professionals agree to abide by.

Q: How do I take the NAMA Ethics Quiz?

A: Click here to take the Ethics Quiz.

Q: Are online PACE programs available?

A: Yes, the pool of recommended PACE programs include live seminars/workshops, as well as online programs. Non-listed online programs also qualify. Click here to learn how to receive credit for non-listed courses. Click here to see the list of recommended PACE programs.

Q: What counts as "Topics in Ayurveda"?

A: Courses in Ayurvedic practice management, Ayurvedic patient/client support, Ayurvedic approach to specific disease conditions, Ayurvedic bodywork, Ayurvedic Philosophy, Vedic philosophy, Ayurvedic body therapies and Ayurvedic cooking are examples of Topics in Ayurveda (TIA) courses.

Q: What is "Topics in Wellness"?

A: Topics in Wellness (TIW) is simply the category name of credits that may be earned from non-Ayurveda focused courses. Only 30 percent of a certified professionals' required PACE credits may come from this category. TIW examples include CPR, Chinese/Western herbal studies, complementary or alternative medicine such as nutrition, mind-body medicine, bodywork, psychology, and midwifery. Click here to learn how to receive credit for non-listed TIW courses.

Q: What happens if I do not complete my PACE requirement?

A: Your professional certification will lapse. Please refer to the NAMACB Certification Handbook, Appendix B, subsection B(1): https://www.namacb.org/candidate-handbook/

Q: When does a 2-year PACE period start?

A: Each PACE cycle begins on January 1st of an even year and ends on December 31 of the following odd year. Credits earned during one PACE cycle cannot be applied to another cycle. For example, the 2018-2019 PACE cycle began on January 1, 2018 and ends on December 31, 2019. The next cycle begins on January 1, 2020 and ends on December 31, 2021. Any credits earned during the 2018-2019 PACE cycle cannot roll-over to the 2020-2021 PACE cycle.

Q: Who is exempt from the PACE requirement?

A:
  • Certified ayurvedic professionals who are certified during, but after the first 6 months of the first year of, a PACE cycle are exempt from the requirements for that cycle, except for the Ethics Quiz, which must be passed by all certified ayurvedic professionals who were certified anytime during that cycle.
  • Certified ayurvedic professionals who are on Inactive Status are exempt from the PACE requirements. In order to know more about Inactive Status, please refer to the NAMACB Candidate Handbook, Appendix B, §B.2.

Q: Once all my PACE credits are completed and submitted, will I automatically receive a notification confirming that I am done?

A: No. When you submit a PACE credit form, NAMA staff manually reviews the status of your PACE requirement and then, if your PACE requirement is complete, e-mails you a confirmation that your PACE requirement is complete. Also, near the end of each PACE cycle, NAMA staff creates a list of all members who have not completed their PACE requirement and e-mails them a notification that their PACE requirement has not been completed. You can also check the status of your PACE requirement by following the instructions here: How do I keep track of my PACE credits?

Q: Can I earn credit for being enrolled in a program that will qualify me for a higher level of Professional Membership?

A: Yes, you may earn credit for being enrolled in a program that will qualify you for a higher level of Professional Membership. For example, if you are an AHC who is enrolled in a program that will qualify you for AP, or you are an AP who is enrolled in a program that will qualify you for AD. To earn credit for this type of coursework, please submit a Non-Listed Topics in Ayurveda (TIA) Course Credits Form and be sure to attach a Grade/Report Card and/or an Official Acceptance/Enrollment/Registration Confirmation/Letter.

Q: Can I earn credit for publishing an article in a peer-reviewed journal?

A: Yes. A maximum of 15 credits can be earned for publishing a TIA type of article in a peer-reviewed journal. In order to earn credit for publishing an article, please submit the PACE Publishing Credits Form and include any of the following supporting documentation:
  • A copy of the journal
  • A letter from the editor of the journal that published the article
  • A copy of the published article

Q: If I earn credits in excess of my requirement, then can my extra credits be applied to the next PACE cycle?

A: With the exception of PACE credits earned for taking the AP Beta Test, PACE credits earned in excess of the requirement during a PACE cycle do not roll-over to the next PACE cycle.

Q: Can I earn credit retro-actively?

A: Credits for taking the AP Beta Test, and credits for the 2016-2017 PACE cycle, can be earned retro-actively. All other credits earned can only apply to the PACE cycle in which they are earned.

Q: When do PACE Credits Expire?

A: PACE credits run in 2-year cycles. All Professional Members are on the same PACE 2-year cycle, regardless of when they joined and/or re-newed their membership. For example, the 2018-2019 PACE cycle starts January 1, 2018 and ends December 31, 2019 and only credits earned within that period will be counted for that cycle. Credits earned in excess of the PACE requirement do not roll-over to the next PACE 2-year cycle, except for the AP Beta Test. So, all credits earned during the 2018-2019 PACE cycle will expire on January 1, 2020, at which point the required number of credits must be earned again, starting from zero.

Q: What should I do if a form/survey/page is not working?

A: If you are experiencing technical difficulty with the NAMA website, then please try following to correct the issue:
  • Clear your web cache
  • Use a different web browser
  • Use a different computer
If you have tried all of the aforementioned actions and you are still experiencing technical difficulty with the NAMA website, then please submit a Contact Us form and include a link to the form/page/survey that you are experiencing difficulty with.

Q: Can I earn credit for working as a teaching assistant?

A: If you actually taught in the class and the class would qualify for PACE TIA credit, then yes.

Q: If I purchased a pre-recorded/self-paced course before the current PACE Cycle, but did not complete it until the current PACE Cycle, then can I still earn credit for it?

A: Yes, you can earn credit for pre-recorded/self-paced coursework that is completed during the current PACE cycle, regardless of when the course was purchased. Credit can only be applied to the cycle in which the pre-recorded/self-paced course was completed, and proof of completion must be provided.

Q: Can I earn credit for coursework that was completed during a previous cycle, but not included in the credits upon which my certification is based?

A: Only credits earned for listening to the NAMA Seminars in Ayurveda can be applied to a future cycle, only because no certificate of completion is currently being issued for them. All other credits can only be applied to the cycle in which they were earned.

Q: If I completed a course that is 1.5 hours, then how many credits do I earn?

A: 1 hour of coursework is equal to 1 credit. If the course you completed is not a whole number, then round up to the nearest whole number. For example, if you completed a course that is 1.5 hours, then you would earn 2 credits.

Q: Does the faculty of a CE course need to be be a NAMA member?

A: The faculty of Non-NAMA approved PACE courses, and NAMA approved PACE courses provided by NAMA Organizational Members, do not need to be NAMA Professional Members.

Q: How to get Proof of Completion (Letter/Certificate of Attendance/Completion) for a Non-Live Course

A: You would need to ask the course provider to provide you proof, such as a letter/certificate of attendance/completion. Providers of Non-Live courses may ask you take a quiz or they may have another method to verify your completion of their course.

As a recommendation, if/when you are considering registering for a Non-Live course, it may help to ask the provider if and how they will provide you proof of completion so you can earn CE credit for it.

Q: Can I earn credit for teaching?

A: Yes. A maximum of 15 credits can be earned for teaching an āyurveda course (1 credit per teaching contact hour) and/or presenting at a conference. The course must include content that is more advanced than "Introduction to āyurveda" type of content.

Credit for Teaching can not be earned for the following:
  • Teaching an Introduction to Ayurveda type of course.
  • Developing courses/articles/etc. offered/presented in the future.
  • Topics in Wellness (TIW)

In order to earn credit for teaching, please submit a PACE Teaching Credits Form and include any of the following supporting documentation:

  • Student registration list
  • School or course teacher contract
  • Letter from the course Director/Administrator/Manager

Q: Can I earn credit for completing a college course?

A: If you pass a qualified college quarter or semester course (with a C- grade or higher, if it is a graded course), then you can earn the maximum PACE credit allowed for the type of course (i.e., TIA or TIW).

Q: Why is the 2016–2017 PACE cycle deadline the same as the 2018–2019 PACE cycle deadline?

A: The original 2016–2017 PACE cycle deadline was December 31, 2017. A grace period was extended toDecember 31, 2019. There will not be another. There will be no grace period for the 2018–2019 PACE cycle.

Q: How can I find out when I became a Professional Member so I can find out what my PACE requirements are?

A: Log in to your NAMA account, go to Profile Home, and look for the Date_Approved_For_... field

Q: What are my PACE requirements?

A: All Professional Members are required to complete PACE. How many credits you are required to completedepends on when you became a Professional Member. Please find out which one of these four situations, below, applies to you.
  1. If you became a Professional Member before July 1, 2016, then
    • For the 2016–2017 PACE cycle you must complete all requirements (20 credits for AHCs; 40 credits for APs and ADs. See Q6, below); and
    • For the 2018–2019 PACE cycle you must complete all requirements (30 credits).
  2. If you became a Professional Member between July 1, 2016, and December 31, 2017, then
    • For the 2016–2017 PACE cycle you only need to complete the 2016–2017 Ethics Quiz; and
    • For the 2018–2019 PACE cycle you must complete all requirements (30 credits).
  3. If you became a Professional Member between January 1, 2018, and June 30, 2018, then
    • For the 2016–2017 PACE cycle you are exempt; and
    • For the 2018–2019 PACE cycle you must complete all requirements (30 credits)
  4. If you became a Professional Member on/after July 1, 2018, then
    • For the 2016–2017 PACE cycle you are exempt; and
    • For the 2018–2019 PACE cycle you only need complete the 2018–2019 Ethics Quiz,
    1. A NAMACB-certified professional who is experiencing a serious, life-affecting circumstance and is not practicing as an Ayurve-dic professional may qualify for inactive status by meeting the qualifications listed in the NAMACB Certification Handbook, Appendix B, subsection B(2)a.

Q: What are the 2016-2017 PACE cycle requirements

A: All members who joined NAMA before July 1, 2016, must earn their respective credits. All those who joinedNAMA between July 1, 2016, and December 31, 2017, need only pass the 2016–2017 Ethics Quiz.
  • AHC Members must earn 20 credits
    • Ethics Quiz (passing score ≥ 80%) required = 02 credits
    • Topics in Ayurveda (TIA)
      • 12 credits minimum required
      • 18 credits maximum allowed
    • Topics in Wellness (TIW) (optional)
      • 06 credits maximum allowed
  • AP Members must earn 40 credits
    • Ethics Quiz (passing score ≥ 80%) required = 02 credits
    • Topics in Ayurveda (TIA)
      • 26 credits minimum required
      • 38 credits maximum allowed
    • Topics in Wellness (TIW) (optional)
      • 12 credits maximum allowed
  • AD Members must earn 40 credits
    • Ethics Quiz (passing score ≥ 80%) required = 02 credits
    • Topics in Ayurveda (TIA)
      • 26 credits minimum required
      • 38 credits maximum allowed
    • Topics in Wellness (TIW) (optional)
      • 12 credits maximum allowed

Q: What if I upgraded my Professional Membership during the 2016-2017 or 2018-2019 PACE cycle?

A: If you have upgraded your Professional Membership, complete the requirements according to the Professional Membership level you were at when you began the PACE cycle. For example, if you were an AHC on January 1, 2016, and upgraded to AP on September 1, 2017, then you only need to complete 20 credits for the 2016–2017 PACE cycle because you were an AHC when the cycle began.

Q: Can I earn credit for partially completing a course?

A: If a professional does not complete a CE course, then the course provider may decide whether to grant credit to the professional for the coursework they completed.
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