Equine-Facilitated Learning Certification


The HERD Institute is pleased to introduce the Equine-Facilitated Learning Certification for coaches, educators, and training professionals. Each training workshop will focus on the philosophical, theoretical, and experiential process of incorporating equines into working with their specific target audiences. Through the help of our herd of horses, students will gain a deeper understanding of how to fully engage their participants. Workshops will include case study discussions and experiential exercises to demonstrate the theory.

Our Training in Action


The HERD Institute EFL Certification combines 2 modules of online learning and one 3-Day in-person Intensive, The program is now even more accessible and affordable. You can enroll in the online modules at any time and then attend one of the 3-Day Intensives. Simply choose the dates that you are available, and sign up. We look forward to welcoming you to the HERD!

What will you learn?

The HERD Institute EFL Certification equips practitioners with the breadth and depth of knowledge, skills, and ethical guidelines required to incorporate horses into their specific scope of practice. The program is structured to provide the philosophical, theoretical, and experiential foundations for participants to integrate into their own personal philosophy. The aim is to support and inspire a new generation of practitioners to find their own unique style of bringing horses into their clients’ lives to facilitate profound learning and growth. The Intensives will cover:

  1. Meeting: The importance of setting the scene for you and your clients (Online Module)
  2. Relating: The psychological and physiological impacts of being with horses (Online Module)
  3. Integrating: The art of facilitating learning experiences that stick (3-Day Intensive)


The HERD Institute Equine-Facilitated Learning (EFL) Certification is designed to offer training to certified life coaches, licensed educators, organizational leaders, trainers, and human resource professionals who are interested in incorporating horses into their work. The program is also open to equine-specialists and professionals interested in developing an equine-facilitated program. Graduate students may also apply. Admission to the training program will be at the discretion of the HERD faculty.