Three charities have launched a new national qualification providing a “solid foundation” for anyone wanting to work in the unmounted area of equine assisted service (EAS).

HorseWorld Trust, TheHorseCourse, Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship and Equilore, members of The Human Equine Interaction Register (HEIR), have collaborated to develop an Ofqual regulated Level 3 Diploma in unmounted EAS.

The Diploma, a Level 3 Award, is an open access qualification aimed at individuals who are already working or intending to work as facilitators or coaches in EAS. The course, which can be accessed through OCN London, aims to ensure all facilitators of equine assisted services have the required level of horsemanship and other skills to carry out the role safely and effectively in the expanding sector.

“Through our HEIR membership we have been able to collaborate with other service providers to put in place a ground-breaking recognised national qualification which will provide a solid foundation for anyone wanting to work in the unmounted area of EAS practice,” said HorseWorld Trust CEO, Petra Ingram. “HorseWorld are extremely proud to become a Training Centre offering places to people wanting to study for this qualification working alongside our HorseWorld Discovery Programme team.“

Harriet Laurie, CEO TheHorseCourse, explained the details of the course.

“Despite the fact that all the collaborating charities are running very different EAS programmes, we have worked together to create the first methodology-free qualification for the EAS sector,” she said. “The Diploma is the equivalent to an entry level teaching qualification or a BHS Stage 3 Coach and offers a comprehensive EAS qualification which will set up facilitators working in unmounted EAS practice with a safe, ethical and effective practice.”

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