Certificate in Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL)

This new Certificate in Equine Facilitated Learning has been designed as a progression from the online Introduction course.  It is ideal for people currently coaching horse riding, or other professionals who prefer a short course covering theory and practice that doesn’t involve any written assessments.  The first intake of this course begins online on in mid May with practical workshops running from the Avon Centre in Bristol. 


Who would benefit from this course?

This course is ideal for anyone wishing to make the transition from a coach, educator, or instructor tobecome a facilitator of groundwork with horses. Non riding activities can generate new income without physical wear and tear on horses.
EFL activities are participant focused and empower people to be resourceful and make choices that support resilience & wellbeing.

Entry Requirements

It’s essential that applicants have completed the Equi-Scotia Online Introduction to Equine Facilitated Learning to gain entry to this programme. Entry is at the discretion of the centre, however it is expected that candidates should have achieved core skills (communication,numeracy, working with others, problem solving,and ICT) at SCQF level 4-5, or should be able to demonstrate equivalent experience.
It is desirable that applicants already hold a coaching and/or horse care qualification.
Applicants must be open to receiving feedback and taking responsibility for managing their own mental health and wellbeing.

Assessment Methods

Theory and practice on this course is centred around an SQA accredited award in Mental Health& Wellbeing.
Underpinning knowledge in mental health and wellbeing is assessed through an open book assessment.
The ability to facilitate activities supporting health & wellbeing through groundwork with horses is assessed through observation of practical activities with horses. Candidates not yet at the required level of competence by the end of the practical workshops will have the opportunity to submit video evidence for assessment within 6 months of the date of the practical workshop.


Evening workshop dates (6.00-8.00pm) 

Thursdays 12th, 19th & 26th May & 2nd & 30th June

Practical Workshops (10am – 4.00pm)

Sunday 5th & Monday 6th June

Supervision & assessments

by arrangement.

Work is currently ongoing to finalise practical workshops in July 2022 in Scotland and Northern Ireland.  

As well as providing theory and practical training for safe groundwork with horses, this ACCPH Accredited Certificate course includes an SQA & Ofsted accredited qualification on Mental Health First Aid Awareness.  Learners who complete this course are eligible to apply to progress to a higher level of study on the Professional Diploma course at a discounted fee.

If you’d like to be considered to join the course please complete the online application stating your preferred location for practical workshops.

Course Format

The course requires approximately 30 hours of learning including:-
10 hours online learning;
10 hours of practical activities with horses &
10 hours of home study& supervision.
It’s expected that most candidates will be able to complete the programme within 3 months.


The learning programme consist of:

  1. Online Workshops – a. Sensory Awareness b. Facilitation skills c. Developing rapport & connection
    d. Health & safety e. Equine body language f. Equine wellbeing g. Human mental health & wellbeing h. Groundwork exercises i. Impact assessment j. Peer & tutor support
  2. Home Study
    Includes learner guides that sign post candidates to relevant resources providing further underpinning knowledge.
  3. Practical Workshops
    Two days of practical workshops provide an opportunity for candidates to hone their skills in facilitating a limited range of ELF activities.
  4. Group Supervision
    Groups of 4 students are facilitated by an Equi-Scotia senior practitioner to provide support and challenge to new practitioners as they begin to deliver EFL activities.Three group supervision sessions are included in the costs of the course
  5. Ongoing Support
    After successful completion of the course candidates are invited to join a an online membership hub providing access to a toolkit supporting EFL practice.

Course Fees

The cost of this blended learning course is £750 for those paying the full balance of £600 in advance. An option is available to pay 3 installments of  £220 (£810 total).

Application Process

An online application form should be completed.Upon acceptance of the offer candidates are required to a pay deposit of £150 to secure their place. Please note the deposit is non-refundable should candidates decide not to enrol on the programme. If, due to unforeseen circumstances, Equi-Scotia has to cancel training then deposits will be refunded in full.