Guided Learning Hours: 50
Total Qualification Time: 110 hours

Credit Value: 11

Level: 3


The Introduction to Facilitating Equine Assisted Learning consists of three units:

  • Handling and Managing Horses in Equine Assisted Learning
  • Safeguarding in Equine Assisted Learning
  • Communication Skills for Facilitators of Equine Assisted Learning

Developed by EAQ® in partnership with OCN London, these units are based on the highly successful EAQ Horse Awareness Certificate and EAQ Horse Handling Certificate. The units are accredited by Ofqual, the qualifications regulator for England and Northern Ireland and are listed on the  Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). They form part of the Level 4 Certificate in Facilitating Equine Assisted Learning and can be used towards this qualification for facilitators.

This course has been designed to provide an introduction to the skills and knowledge required for facilitating in equine assisted learning.

Who can enrol?
You need to be over the age of 19 to register for this course.


The course is suitable for individuals who:

  • have no previous experience of equine assisted learning
  • are working or planning to work as assistants
  • need a staged approach to the full Level 4 Certificate in Facilitating Equine Assisted Learning
  • 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 with horses and people
  • have achieved a qualification in equine assisted learning or equine facilitated therapy 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 qualification
  • are key workers or teaching assistants who accompany learners to equine assisted learning sessions.


Entry Requirements

There is no upper age limit for this unit, but you must be aged 19 or over to register and will need to undertake an initial assessment of your skills in horsemanship, english, mathematics and information technology


What do the units cover?

Handling and Managing Horses in Equine Assisted Learning covers areas of horse welfare, behaviour and psychology including:

  • observing horses
  • legislation
  • health and safety
  • herd-based approaches to horse-keeping
  • how horses learn
  • working with horses which are loose in a paddock, arena or round pen (at liberty)
  • working with a horse on a halter and lead rope.

Safeguarding in Equine Assisted Learning covers areas including:

  • roles and responsibilities in relation to safeguarding
  • organisational policies and procedures
  • signs and symptoms.

Communication Skills for Facilitators of Equine Assisted Learning covers topics including:

  • verbal and non-verbal communication
  • barriers to communication
  • communication techniques and theories
  • transference and projection.

How will the course be delivered?

You will attend training days which provide the underpinning knowledge for the units and an opportunity to practice your skills. This is followed by online and individual mentoring providing you with the support and guidance you need to complete the units. You will have an assessor who will assess your skills against the criteria.


How will I be assessed?

You will be observed and assessed during micro-teaching sessions on the course and will put together a portfolio of evidence showing how you have met the assessment criteria. Your evidence will include video of you working with horses and people.


Progression route

You may choose to register for the other three units in the Level 4 Certificate in Facilitating Equine Assisted Learning.

More details
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