Which Training Route is best for me?

If you are interested in training to be a mindfulness teacher, there are three training routes to choose from:

Similarities:

All training courses and events delivered on all three routes were developed by the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) and are taught by the CMRP training team. The TTP and stand-alone events, however, are offered in collaboration with The Mindfulness Network.

Both the Teacher Training Pathway (TTP) and the Master’s in Mindfulness lead to a Bangor University Certificate of Competency to Teach. Both take around four years to complete and are approximately the same cost.

Differences:

The TTP is a more flexible approach since you do not have to complete it within a specific time frame and can attend training events on dates and in locations that suits you. Supported on the journey by both a mentor and a supervisor, you build a comprehensive portfolio of training events, teaching experience and personal reflection before finally submitting a recording of your teaching for assessment and certification.

Stand-alone training enables you to pick and choose training events as and when it suits your personal and professional needs. There is no structure around your progression and, although you receive certificates of attendance, it does not result in assessment or certification of competency to teach. All training events can be included retrospectively, however, if you decide to subsequently register on the Teacher Training Pathway.

The Master’s in Mindfulness leads to a Bangor University Certificate of Competency as well as an academic qualification and allows you to explore more of the theory underpinning mindfulness-based teaching. You attend set teaching days throughout the year with the same cohort of students.

Summary:

  • Teacher Training Pathway. This leads to a recognised Certificate of Competency in Teaching Mindfulness-based Courses. This route combines flexibility with the structure of a defined training route.
  • Stand-alone training events. This does not lead to an assessment of teaching or a certificate of competence. Certificates of attendance are given for courses completed. All training events can be included retrospectively, however, if you decide to subsequently register on the Teacher Training Pathway.
  • The Master’s in Mindfulness leads to an academic qualification plus the Certificate of Competency in Teaching Mindfulness-based Courses.

Still not sure which route is right for you? Watch our video about the differences and similarities between the Master’s in Mindfulness and the TTP.

You can also watch our video where Dr Gemma Griffiths (Director of Bangor University’s Master’s in Mindfulness programme) and Dr Sophie Sansom (Lead for Teacher Training Pathway at The Mindfulness Network) talk about the Teacher Training Pathway and the Master’s in Mindfulness, and the similarities and differences between them. Just click on the photo below and you’ll be re-directed to our video on YouTube.