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Department Professional Training

Department Professional Training

IAA’s Department of Professional Training is a program that teaches modern and classical astrology side by side. This gives a student a well-rounded, systematic, and comprehensive educational experience. This type of program is unique to IAA.

Graduates of IAA can delineate a natal chart for personality as well as assess the strength of planets for predictions in all areas of life. Since most schools offer only one or the other point of view to chart interpretation, it makes the IAA program exceptional.

IAA's instructors are hands-on and are willing to help the student foster their chart interpretation skills and help them develop both astro-speak and client-speak. It is easy to assess the affects of a planet and quite another to make it client-friendly.

The program is broken into three modules: The Natal Studies Module is taken first (NAT-1 - NAT-7), then the Professional Studies Module (PSM-1 - PSM-4), then the Diploma Module (18 weeks of electives).

Upon the completion of three Modules in the Professional training Department students receive a Diploma and the credentials Dipl.IAA. IAA is an ISAR affiliated school, which means our curriculum meets the requirements to sit for the CAP exam should the graduate decide to do so. IAA graduates can also apply directly for NCGR-IV certification bypassing the exams for Levels I, II and II certification if they choose to do so. Please contact the Education Department for help with submitting the necessary paperwork to the certifying organizations if you choose to go that route after graduation.

Entrance Requirements: The student must have a fundamental understanding of the planets, signs and houses before taking the first course in the Natal Studies Module. IAA’s Preliminary Education Department offers BASIC-001 for the beginner. After completion of BASIC-001 the student will have the necessary fundamentals to begin the courses in IAA’s Professional Training Diploma Department. Please contact the Education Department if you are unsure that you meet the entrance requirements.

FAQ’s about the educational experience at IAA.

Are your classes online? Yes, all classes are online - live and interactive. Classes meet online weekly via an audio-visual platform with the instructor and classmates. Each class is recorded and sent to the students to download and play back anything they want to hear again. We offer flexible class scheduling to accommodate students everywhere in the world to the best of our ability. If the course times listed do not work for you, contact the Education Department to facilitate a scheduling change.

How does the learning process work at IAA? IAA offers a three part learning process geared toward both the theory of the technique and putting it into practice. First, the student reads the assigned chapters in the course material before coming to class. Second, the instructor covers the material in the live audio-visual class meeting room, and students can ask questions at any time as they arise. Additionally, students participate in showing their understanding of the week’s topic via chart examples and discussion questions. Third, homework is assigned. The homework is also part of the learning process. Students work with their own chart and the charts of others whom they know well for practice in applying the technique learned that week. The instructor gives feedback on the homework to expand the student’s understanding beyond its current reach. This allows the course to be tailored to each individual student’s needs.

How often are your courses offered? We offer 3 terms per year. Terms begin in September, January, and April, with breaks for the December holiday time and summer.

Can I take a term off? Yes, you can take a semester off at any time and still continue with the program. However, if you take more than a year off you will be required to take a re-entrance exam to ensure you are still up to speed with the expectancy level of the course you left off with. Also, if there seems to be a drop-off in your work, we may suggest a review.

What if I have to miss a class meeting? We know life isn’t always consistent and from time to time students will have to miss a class. When this happens, inform your instructor of your absence in advance so he or she is not waiting for you. You will be given the recording of the class

Do I have to purchase books or materials separately? Yes, the reading materials are purchased separately. The required materials for each course are listed on the individual course page below the syllabus. Course materials are purchased separately and expected to be obtained before the first class meeting.

Am I required to purchase astrology software? Not initially. We want to be sure Astrology is something you want to stick with before spending money on software. By NAT-5, at the end of year one, it is expected that you have your own software or astrology app that is capable of producing the chart components mentioned in the syllabi of this and subsequent classes.

Are there credit transfers from other schools or certifications? This will be answered on a case by case basis. Please contact the Education Department with the complete syllabus of the course(s) you inquiring about transferring and an official record of your grades from the institution. Include the frequency and type of homework assignments type and exams that were given. Your transfer inquiry will be considered by the education committee.

I have been studying astrology for a while. Can I skip classes to start at the higher level? Yes, this is possible. You will have to pass examinations for each class you plan to skip. There is a modest fee for each exam. Contact Education Department to discuss and schedule the examinations.

Are scholarships available? Yes, from time to time, ISAR and AFAN offer scholarships for students who have completed one year of study as a member benefit. We do not keep track of which organization is offering scholarships, the amount of scholarship money available, or their application deadlines. Please contact the organizations directly for this information.

If you would like to find courses taught by a particular instructor, you can visit our Faculty and Staff page, then click on the name of the instructor to view the courses they are teaching.

Modules in Department Professional Training

Natal Studies Module

This area of study will bring a modus operandi in natal chart delineation. A student will learn every facet of ... [read more...]

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Professional Studies Module

The completion of essential astrological knowledge, the Professional Studies Module carries the student into the essentials of professional techniques and ... [read more...]

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IAA Diploma Module

To complete this module and to graduate from I.A.A.,, a students needs to take two elective classes from the list: ... [read more...]

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Additional Courses in Department Professional Training

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