EAQ® specialises in horse-based learning for children, young people and adults, including accredited training and qualifications for equine assisted learning facilitators and centres.
NEW Horse Awareness Certificate
The NEW EAQ Horse Awareness Certificate has been specially written for those working within a horse-based setting and covers the skills that are needed to work with horses from the ground.
Alternative Educational Provision
Alternative education is provided through a horse-based curriculum to children and young people at a number of centres in the UK and Australia. Our alternative provision is aimed at those children and young people who find it hard to access traditional school. Centres which are classed as Alternative Providers are inspected by Ofsted and are able to offer the full range of curriculum subjects through outdoor education based around the theme of the horse. Read more.
Accredited Training for Facilitators
Independently accredited training and qualifications are available for facilitators, horse professionals, tutors and practitioners of equine assisted learning. Courses run throughout the year and lead to nationally recognised qualifications.
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EAQ Certified Facilitators
EAQ has a Register of Certified Facilitators, all of whom have met certain quality standards and attended the EAQ Facilitator Training.
EAQ Approved Centres
EAQ Approved Centres have met quality standards including horse handling, the environment and staff qualifications. They have qualified staff able to offer equine assisted learning sessions to individuals and groups from all walks of life. Some centres specialise in certain areas, such as working with adults in recovery from drug or alcohol misuse, while others focus their attention on children and young people.
Find out how to become an EAQ Approved Centre.
Qualifications for Learners
Independently accredited, national qualifications are available to young people and adults. These qualifications cover a wide range of subjects including horsemanship skills, curriculum subject areas including maths, literacy, healthy living, and 'soft' skills such as developing confidence and assertiveness as well as Information Communication Technology (ICT).
You don't have to be thinking of working as a facilitator to join our accredited training courses. We welcome those who are interested in their own personal or professional development.
Many EAQ Approved Centres offer equine interaction sessions which are not linked to qualifications or training. Children, young people and adults with social, emotional or behavioural difficulties, mild to moderate learning difficulties, sensory issues, autism spectrum disorders or other conditions can all benefit from being out of doors with the horses. There is no pressure, just an opportunity to be with the horses in your own way.
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