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Standards of Education and Training

Standards of Education and Training

The Athena Herd Foundation recognises the importance of standards in education and training in ensuring that members of the public, service users or clients are provided with services that are founded on professional ethics and standards that prioritise the health and wellbeing of clients and public and protects them from harm or injury.

In line with this position our Standards of Education and Training recognise that qualifications need to be:

  • externally regulated by an Ofqual (or regional UK equivalent) recognised Awarding Body;
  • of an appropriate level, which is defined as a minimum Level 4 on the Ofqual (or regional UK equivilent) Regulated Qualifications Framework

As part of applying to the Register applicants must commit to the animal care and welfare standards defined in its a Framework for the Ethical treatment of horses. Similarly, any other animal-related qualifications must have a  commitment to ethical treatment.

In line with these standards, the Register currently invites applications where applicants have:

  • successful completion of the Athena Herd Foundation Level 4 Equine Facilitated Diploma; or
  • successful completion and proof of qualification for non-Athena Herd Foundation training. These must be recognised regulated qualifications, at a minimum Level 4 on the Ofqual (or regional UK equivalent) Regulated Qualifications Framework.
  • successful completion and proof of qualification for other non-Equine Facilitated Interaction practices and therapy where Practitioners are seeking to register the provision of service, for example Psychotherapy or Counselling. These must be recognised regulated qualifications, at a minimum Level 4 on the Ofqual (or regional UK equivalent) Regulated Qualifications Framework and supported by membership of appropriate accredited registers. For more information, please review our Other Therapies and Practices Policy.

The Register maintains a list of recognised Equine Facilitated Interaction qualifications which is reviewed on a regular basis. Potential applicants are invited to enquire about the qualifications that they hold.

At this time there is no formal definition of equivalence to recognised qualification.

 

The Register also has defined levels of Continued Professional Development which all members are expected to comply with.

Return to the Register’s home page.