Guided Learning Hours: 6

Minimum age: 19


The Introduction Day provides information about equine assisted learning and you must attend if you wish to enrol on the Level 4 Certificate in Facilitating Equine Assisted Learning. 


The aim of the Introduction Day is to enable learners to: 

  • understand the role of an equine assisted learning facilitator
  • assess their existing levels of competence against the assessment criteria for the Level 4 Certificate in Facilitating Equine Assisted Learning
  • take part in some equine assisted learning activities or themselves
  • understand the communication skills required to work with learners
  • understand the meaning of 'horse awareness' in relation to equine assisted learning.

Who can enrol?

This day is suitable for individuals who are looking to find out more about the training and qualifiications for equine assisted learning and who:

  • are considering the options for training as a facilitator of equine assisted learning
  • wish to combine their love of horses with their professional skills
  • want to find out whether the skills and experiences they have will be sufficient to begin training.
  • 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 facilitating but want to work as facilitators, coaches, teachers or trainers within equine assisted learning
  • 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.

Entry Requirements

You must be aged 19 or over to attend the Introductiond Day or register for the Level 4 Certificate in Facilitating Equine Assisted Learning.
If you register for the facilitator training, and will need to undertake an initial assessment of your skills in horsemanship, english, mathematics and information technology. To meet the requirements of our Safeguarding Policy, you will also need to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (previously Criminal Records Bureau or CRB check).

How will the Introduction Day be delivered?
There will be a mix of teaching and learning methods used during the day including discussion and practical activities out of doors with the horses.


How will I be assessed?

There will be informal assessment by observation during the day as well as an opportunity to conduct your own self assessment against some of the assessment criteria for the Level 4 Certificate in Facilitating Equine Assisted Learning.


Progression route

You may apply to join the facilitator training and embark on the units for facilitators.

What do others say?
Jane said "What a remarkable day! With no expectations to begin with, it certainly has had a resounding effect on me. The last exercise was fascinating, and deeply gratifying. I spent the evening looking up clips about Jeff Sanders to boot. Watching you and listening to the case studies, as you delivered them, gave really clear indications/instructions about how to approach each part of the day, so my immediate feedback is what an excellent teacher you are. Coming from my risk assessment experience, the setup of all the Policies and Procedures is deeply impressive. I know that amount of coverage takes a considerable part of your time. Really interesting parallels with children’s music therapy, and I kept on thinking of corporate applications! Thankyou for your time."

When is the next EAQ Introduction Day?
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