Formats of ayurvedic education


The California College of Ayurveda recognizes that a variety of educational formats are needed to meet the needs of differing student situations. The College offers students the opportunity to study Ayurveda at a distance and receive the same credit toward all certifications.

Full-Time Program

The Ayurvedic Health Counselor 1 program may be completed in five to six months. The Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist 1 program may also be completed in about an additional six-seven months. Classes are held mid-week and are available in Nevada City (Northern California). Internships are completed in 6 months each. Thus, it takes approximately 2 years to attain the Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist certification.

Weekend Program

The Ayurvedic Health Counselor 1program may be completed in approximately eleven to twelve months meeting one weekend each month. The  The Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist 1 program may be completed in an additional 15 months. Weekend programs are held at our Nevada City location and are broadcast live over the internet.  Internships are completed in 6 months each. Thus, it takes approximately 3 years to attain the Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist certification.

Live Internet

All classes (weekend and full time) held in Nevada City are broadcast live over the internet using Vedaweb™ technology. This format enables students to be fully participating members of the class – to see and be seen by the instructor, to ask questions, to view class materials, to participate in class discussions – all in real time. This format is ideal for students who live at a distance but who still want to be a part of the classroom community. [Frequently Asked Questions]

Distance Learning Program The College's Distance Learning Program is a revolutionary program that integrates home schooling, classroom education and a one-to-one relationship with a Master Teacher who guides the students’ education. Distance Learning is available up to the beginning of internship and continues at that time in the form of field-internship and live-internet classes. At that time, the student joins with interns from the classroom program.
TheAyurvedic Health Counselor 1 program may be completed in approximately one year meeting once a month with the Master Teacher. The Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist 1 program may be completed in approximately one additional year. Internships are completed in 6 months each. Thus, it takes approximately 3 years to become a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist
If a Distance Learning student wants to continue to internship they can apply for field internship. All internships begin their internship with an Intensive in Nevada City at the College with an instructor in a small group study session in order to gain hands-on experience in diagnostics and participate in group discussions. The College can assist students in making local housing arrangements. 

The College's Distance Learning Program is the preferred format for our international students looking for online ayurveda training

Educational Formats of the Ayurvedic Programs at CCA

Dr. Halpern discusses the various educational formats offered at CCA, such as Classroom, Vedaweb(TM) (live over the internet) and Distance Learning. The talk is followed by a Q&A session.


Ayurveda training online in the distance Learning



Ayurveda training in the Distance Learning Program

ProgramsAt CCA we recognize that not everyone has the ability to put their life on hold, pick up the family, and move to California. This is especially true for international students. With our Distance Learning Program, those limitations no longer have to hold you back from fulfilling your dreams of becoming an Ayurvedic Health Educator or Ayurvedic Health Practitioner.

What makes our Distance Learning Program the Gold Standard in Ayurvedic Education?

  • One of the reasons the CCA’s Distance Learning program is so successful is that it is a highly structured program.  This is not a loosely-administered, open-ended program that students may or may not complete.  Completion rates are very high because the CCA maintains the highest standards of education for this program.  Students in the Distance Learning program are held to the same standards as students in the classroom, and will merge with our classroom students during the internship program.

Monthly conferences with your own personal instructor to keep you motivated, connected, and on target to reach your goals.
The CCA Distance Learning Program combines the best of home schooling, mentorship, and classroom education.
Limited space in the program ensures a premium education strengthening your confidence and ability to succeed while enriching your life of healing others.
Monthly start dates let you control your schedule and enjoy a program that fits your life.
• Certificate presentation at each level of completion lets the world know you are an expert in your field.
•Full graduation ceremony for Level 2 graduates shares your accomplishments with friends and family recognizing your success.

We invite you to join us and become a certified Ayurvedic Health Educator or Practitioner in the comfort of your home.
Let us show you how it is possible to support your family while still having time to enjoy them.


VedaWeb FAQ Online Ayurveda Training - Frequently Asked Questions

The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to offer
VedaWeb Program access!

In order to help you better understand our VedaWeb classroom, please read the following:

What can I expect in the VedaWeb classroom?Veda Web

The VedaWeb classroom is intended to provide you with virtually the same experience as our students in the classroom.  This is NOT a distance learning program--this is live, in the classroom.  The teacher will be able to see you and you will be able to see the teacher. You'll also see all presentation materials and be able to ask questions just like any other student in the class.

What type of internet connection do I need?

You must have a broadband connection (DSL, cable or satellite).  Dial-up is just too slow.  Wireless can be used, but it may be unreliable.

What type of computer do I need?

You can use either a PC or Mac to join the VedaWeb Classroom.  The technical requirements vary depending on the type of computer:


  • 1.4 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or faster processor (or equivalent)
  • Windows 10, 8.1 (32-bit/64-bit), 8.0 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit)
  • 512 MB of RAM (1 GB recommended)
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or later, Windows Edge browser, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome

Mac OS

  • 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo or faster processor
  • 512 MB of RAM (1 GB recommended)
  • Mac OS X 10.8, 10.9, and 10.10
  • Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Google Chrome


  • Ubuntu 14.04; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6; OpenSuSE 13.1
  • No add-in support for Linux. Users on Linux can attend meetings in the browser.
  • Google Chrome
  • Adobe Flash Player 23.0

What other equipment do I need?

Webcam - You will need to have a webcam attached to your computer.  Be sure to plug in your camera before opening the meeting software.

USB Headset - This will ensure there is no static or echo to disturb the class

How do I access the VedaWeb classroom?

Once you are enrolled in a class, an invitation to attend will be sent via email. A new email will be sent for each class. There will be a link in the email that takes you to the classroom. Log in as a guest and type your name to enter your class.