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EAQ® offers accredited training for those wishing to become facilitators for equine assisted learning.
The course has been designed in three modules covering:
- Working with Horses
- Working with People
- Working Together with People and Horses
Course participants must:
have experience with horses and an understanding of 'natural horsemanship'
hold a recognised or professional qualification such as counselling, teaching, adult education or therapy qualification or
have relevant life experience and skills
We run Introduction Days so that you can come along to find out more about the training and how the EAQ Network can support you. All the Introduction Days are listed in the Events section.
If you would like to enrol for an Introduction Day please complete the online application form.
To meet the requirements of our Safeguarding Policy, you must have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before you will be accepted onto the EAQ Facilitator Training.
How long will it take to complete the EAQ Facilitator Training?
The number of days training that you require 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. This is a Level 3 certificate and evidence needs to meet the requirements for this level.
Attending a set number of training days does not guarantee that you will be successful.
This is about your performance and 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 at all the assessment criteria, your portfolio of evidence will be submitted for internal and then external verification.
EAQ Certified Facilitator
Once you have completed the three modules and met certain criteria, you can apply to become an EAQ Certified Facilitator. If you are interested in gaining your EAQ Certified Facilitator status, please complete the application form.
Is it Equine Assisted Learning or Equine Facilitated Therapy?
EAQ Founder Tricia Day said "When something is called 'equine assisted therapy' or 'equine assisted psychotherapy' it needs to be conducted by a qualified therapist or psychotherapist and those who take part need to accept that they need 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 activites 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 Learning (EAL)
Equine Facilitated Therapy (EFT)
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)
Equine Assisted / Facilitated Coaching
Horse or Pony Therapy
and those who work within those places could be referred to as:
Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator (EAL Facilitator)
Equine Assisted Learning Trainer (EAL Trainer)
Equine Assisted Learning Tutor (EAL Tutor)
Equine Assisted Learning Assessor (EAL Assessor)
Equine Assisted Learning Therapist (EAL Therapist)
Equine Assisted Learning Coach
Equine Assisted Psychotherapist
Equine Facilitated Learning Trainer (EFL Trainer)
Equine Facilitated Learning Tutor (EFL Tutor)
Equine Facilitated Learning Assessor (EFL Assessor)
Equine Facilitated Learning Verifier (EFL Verifier)
Equine Facilitated Therapist
Whatever your title, you're welcome to attend the EAQ training and work towards being part of the EAQ Network. However, if you want to train for professional qualifications such as those required to become a psychotherapist, psychologist, teacher, coach or counsellor, you need to contact the relevant professional organisation.
The words EAQ, EAQ Network and the EAQ logo are all Registered Trademarks belonging to EAQ (Equine Assisted Qualifications) Limited.