EAQ offers a range of regulated qualifications and trainng programmes to support those working n equine assisted learning and equine facilitated therapy. The programmes are designed to enable progression - from the one-day Introduction to Equine Assisted Learning, through to continuing professional development on specialist topics including working with people with autism.

The Role of the Facilitator
The role of the facilitator is complex and requires a high level of skill. It is a highly demanding role and we recommend that you attend accredited training and gain a regulated qualification before beginning to work with learners. Once you have completed your training, you may like to join a recognised support group, such as the EAQ Network and continue with further professional development. There is a requirement for all EAQ Certified Facilitators to take part in continuing professional development and be observed annually. 

Introduction Day
This one-day event provides more information about the courses, enables you to take part in some equine assisted learning activities, meet new horses and have an opportunity to assess your skills against some of the criteria. 

Facilitator Training and Qualifications
EAQ recommends the Level 4 Certificate in Facilitating Equine Assisted Learning, which is regulated by Ofqual, for those wishing to work as facilitators. It is a competence-based qualifiication suitable for psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, teachers, horse professionals and others interested in facilitating equine assisted learning.
There are six units within this certificate:
  • Handling and Managing Horses in Equine Assisted Learning (based on the EAQ Horse Awareness Certificate)
  • Communication Skills for Facilitators in Equine Assisted Learning
  • Safeguarding in Equine Assisted Learning
  • Planning Equine Assisted Learning
  • Facilitating Equine Assisted Learning for Individuals and Groups
  • Managing Behaviour of Learners in Equine Assisted Learning.
The units are available individually and may be undertaken by existing facilitators as well as those new to the role. 
EAQ Founder, Tricia Day is the author of one of the recommended reading books for the course: The Role of the Facilitator in Equine Assisted Learning, available from Amazon.

Horse awareness is one of the most important areas for facilitators of equine assisted learning and the unit 'Handling and Managing Horses in Equine Assisted Learning is based on the highly successful EAQ Horse Awareness Certificate. For more details of this and the other units, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Continuing Professional Development for Equine Assisted Learning Facilitators
Continung Professional Development is available in a range of speiclist areas including:
  • Horse Awareness
  • Safeguarding
  • Education and Training
  • Assessing and Verifying.
There is also training available for specialist areas, such as working with:
  • children with autism
  • adults with learning difficulties
  • emotional, social or behavioural difficulties
  • post traumatic stress disorder
  • adults in recovery from drug and alcohol misuse
  • accredited qualifications for learners.
How do I become an EAQ Certified Facilitator?
To become an EAQ Certified Facilitator you need to show that you are competent by having a qualification in facilitating equine assisted learning. You also need to:
  • hold a current First Aid Certificate
  • have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • hold adequate insurance
  • agree to adhere to the EAQ Code of Conduct
  • take part in Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Prior experience, qualifications and training

If you are already working as a facilitator for equine assisted learning or have any previous experience, qualifications or training that you feel may be transferable to the EAQ Facilitator Training we are happy to discuss the accreditation of your prior learning or achievement. We recommend that you attend one of the Introduction Days which will provide an opportunity to check your existing level of competence against the standards, identify gaps and prepare a training plan for your future development.  

What do others say?
Watch the YouTube videos about the training and hear what others have to say about their experiences.

Facilitator Training

Head Teacher Rachel talks about EAQ and the Facilitator Training

Training or assessment?
The Facilitator Training programme consists of training sessions to gain the necessary underpinning knowledge and assessment of your competence.  You can attend the training and not put yourself forward for assessment.


How long will it take to complete the EAQ facilitator training?

The number of days that it takes you to complete will depend on your existing skills when you start and your commitment to the process.

You need to provide sufficient evidence that you have met the criteria and this includes putting together a portfolio of evidence. Attending a set number of training days does not guarantee that you will be successful. This is about your performance on whether you are competent. You can show that you are competent in a variety of ways and these will be discussed with you when you start the training. When you can show that you are competent, your portfolio of evidence will be submitted for internal and then external verification.


Is it equine assisted learning or equine facilitated therapy?

EAQ Founder, Tricia Day said “When something is called equine assisted therapy or equine facilitated psychotherapy it needs to be conducted by a qualified therapist or psychotherapist and those who take part need to accept that they are attending therapy or psychotherapy. There are many situations where horses can help people to learn new skills without the need for a therapist.”


There can be confusion around what is being offered because of the way in which activities are described. You may have heard all or some of the following titles to describe this way of helping people by enabling them to interact with horses. Equine assisted or equine facilitated learning, therapy, coaching, development, psychotherapy.  And those who work within those places could be referred to as: equine assisted learning or equine facilitated facilitator, tutor, trainer, coach, assessor, psychotherapist, therapist or horse professional.


Professional Qualifications

If you wish to train for professional qualifications such as those required to become a school teacher, psychotherapist, psychologist, coach or counsellor you need to contact the relevant professional organisation.


Entry requirements
Course participants must:
  • Be over 19 years of age
  • Have experience with horses and an understanding of natural horsemanship
  • Have relevant life experience and skills
  • Hold a professional qualification such as counselling, teaching, adult education or therapy.
If you're not sure whether your existing qualifications are relevant, please come along to an Intro Day and speak to use about your skills. You may still attend the training even if you do not already have professional qualifications.

Safeguarding Policy
In order to meet the requirements of our Safeguarding Policy you must have a disclosure and barring service (DBS) check before you will be accepted as an EAQ Certified Facilitator.

Contact us

If you’re not sure what is the best option for you, please call or email us to talk over the options.
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