Guided Learning Hours: 130

Credit Value: 26

Level: 4
Minimum age: 19



The Level 4 Certificate in Facilitating Equine Assisted Learning qualification is a first-stage teaching qualification that has been designed for individuals who are working or intending to work as facilitators, teachers, trainers or coaches in the specialised field of equine assisted learning and horse-based education.

The qualification is accredited by Ofqual, the qualifications regulator for England and Northern Ireland and is part of the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

Developed by EAQ® in partnership with OCN London, this qualification is based on EAQ's highly succcessful facilitator training and is the FIRST Level 4 to focus on the specific needs of the equine assisted learning / horse-based education sector and provides the knowledge and practical skills required by facilitators who are working with horses and people in all education, training and therapeutic settings.



The aim of the qualification is to enable learners to: 

  • understand their roles and responsibilities in relation to teaching 
  • understand appropriate teaching and learning approaches within the learner’s specialist area 
  • plan, deliver and evaluate micro-teaching sessions or assessed practice in a real work environment 
  • understand the use of assessment methods and record keeping. 


Who can enrol?

You must be over 19 years of age with appropriate levels of horsemanship, literacy, numeracy and ICT skills.

This qualification is suitable for individuals who:

  • are currently teaching or training in any equine assisted learning environment and wish to have their experience and skills formally recognsied in the form of a qualification
  • are not currently teaching but want to work as facilitators, coaches, teachers or trainers 
  • have achieved a qualification in equine assisted learning which is not recognised as a national qualification by Ofqual 
  • have taken part in short courses or introductions to horse-based education and training
  • are currently working as horse professionals and who wish to achieve a recognised, national teaching qualification.

No matter what your role is called, if you are involved in equine assisted learning, then this is the qualification for you! For example: you may refer to your role as: equine facilitated coach, trainer, teacher, facilitator, therapist or psychotherapist or equine assisted; horse-led or horse-based.


Entry Requirements

You must be aged 19 or over to register for this qualification and will need to undertake an initial assessment of your skills in horsemanship, english, mathematics and information technology


What is the focus?

EAQ’s area of expertise is in equine assisted learning and activities which involve horses and people. This qualification would be ideal for those who are planning to work or are already working in settings such as equine assisted learning centres, alternative education in an outdoor setting, forest schools and equine establishments including natural horsemanship facilities, riding schools, horse training centres, animal rescue centres, livery yards, care farms or other outdoor provision including land-based industries, agriculture and horticulture, conservation and the environment.


What does the qualification cover?

You will need to complete six units to gain this qualification covering areas including:

  • Horse handling and welfare
  • Planning and facilitating sessions
  • Communicating with and managing learners
  • Safeguarding.

How will the unit be delivered?
You will attend training days which provide the underpinning knowledge for the units and gives you an opportunity to practice your skills. This is followed by individual mentoring in the workplace providing you with the support and guidance you need to complete the qualfication. You will have an assessor who will observe you working with your own learners and who will assess your skills against the criteria. There is also an online support group and e-learning.


How will I be assessed?

You will be observed and assessed during several micro-teaching sessions during the course and observed in your normal working environment. You will also put together a portfolio of evidence, including video of sessions, showing how you have met the assessment criteria. 


Progression route

You may apply to become an EAQ Certified Facilitator, add assessor or internal verifier qualifications or run your own equine assisted learning centre.