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Equine-Facilitated Learning Level 1 Certification


The HERD Institute® Equine-Facilitated Learning Level One Certification combines 2 modules of online learning and one 3-Day in-person Intensive. The program is designed to be 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!


Who Can Apply?


The HERD Institute® EFL Level One 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?
You can apply for the program by scrolling down and filling out the application form at the bottom of the page!
What is the application process?

To apply, simply complete our online application form. Once you’ve completed the form and submitted it, the application will be reviewed by our Admissions Team. Once it’s been reviewed, we may request an informal interview, completed via Zoom or via phone, lasting no more than an hour. You will receive a decision shortly after your interview.

Where do the trainings take place?

Our EFL Level 1 Module 3 trainings are located in the US, CANADA & UK. Please refer to the Training Dates table below for the available locations and dates.


EFL Level 1 2022 Schedule

Watch this space! EFL Level 2 will be relaunching soon.

EFL Level 1 Tuition*

*Tuition is in US Dollars and includes all learning materials for online modules, 3-day intensive, and 3 mentoring sessions. It does NOT include travel, and accommodation.

**The HERD Institute® actively encourages applications from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to our certification programs. The HERD Institute is proud to support veterans and military personnel in making a difference to their communities. The HERD Institute is recognized as an Affiliate with PATH International and offers PATH Intl. Members additional benefits when joining the HERD. The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion discount is eligible for all BIPOC folks. If you belong to any of these communities, you are eligible for the discounted rates. In addition, if you are currently enrolled in a graduate program – providing a letter of confirmation of enrollment from your school – you qualify for the Eligible Discounted Rate.

What Will You Learn?


The HERD Institute® EFL Level One 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 participants’ 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)
  2. Relating: The psychological and physiological impacts of being with horses (Online)
  3. Integrating: The art of facilitating learning experiences that stick (3-Day Intensive)


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