Learners should be 21 or over
Written and spoken English is a crucial aspect of this qualification and prospective learners for whom English is an additional language will need to demonstrate a level of competence equivalent to IELTS score of 6 in order to be able to access the qualification’s content
Learners need to have completed the level 5 Diploma in Equine Facilitated Human Development with IFEEL or have completed a level 4 and above professional training in a counselling, psychotherapy, clinical psychology or related qualification, with a focus on working with clients.
Learners will need to evidence at least 50 hours of professional psychotherapeutic practice with clients post-graduation from a psychotherapeutic qualification.
Learners are required to complete a programme of personal development work with IFEEL within 6 months of starting this qualification. This is usually the equivalent of three workshop days or can be fulfilled through private sessions. How learners approach this personal development work should be approved by IFEEL faculty. This gives learners experience to draw on in their training, a chance for the faculty to meet and assess the learner’s suitability for the qualification and to act as a personal development opportunity for the learner
Learners must either own their own equine(s) or have routine access to a specific equine in order to practice with this equine throughout the qualification
Learners are required to have at least three years or 2,000 hours of equine experience. This experience can include owning horses, riding lessons, instructing and/or training etc.
Due to the physical and psychological demands of this qualification, learners will require a good level of physical ability, emotional stability and be prepared to approach their learning with personal maturity
Learners will be required to carry out a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check if planning to work with children or vulnerable adults
Before commencing case studies, learners are required to gain professional indemnity insurance and professional membership to a recognised body, for example the BACP, NCP, UKCP or NCS