Certification Board for Equine Interaction Professionals


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New Requirements for Education Examination

Certification

PURPOSES OF CERTIFICATION

The Certification Board for Equine Interaction Professionals promotes the concept of voluntary certification by examination for those who incorporate equines into their mental health or education practice.Certification is just one part of a process called “credentialing” and focuses specifically on the individual and is one indication of current competence in the specialized field. Certification of equine facilitated mental health and education professionals provides formal recognition of basic knowledge in this field.

REASONS FOR CERTIFICATION

  1. To provide documented evidence that you have been examined by an independent professional certifying organization and found to possess a certain level of basic knowledge about the specialized field of equine facilitated mental health or education.
  2. To establish a level of knowledge required for certification of equine facilitated mental health or education professionals.
  3. To provide encouragement for continued personal and professional growth in the field.
  4. To provide a standard of knowledge requisite for certification; thereby assisting clients, students, the public, and members of the profession in assessment of equine facilitated mental health or education professionals.
  5. To provide a direction and focus for new professionals in the field seeking to increase their knowledge and skill levels.
  6. To protect the public.
  7. To increase the credibility of the field of equine facilitated education and learning.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Candidates must qualify by submitting documentation for eligibility:

Eligibility for the Mental Health Examination:

  1. Licensure: Copy of current license to practice mental health services (counseling, social work, substance abuse counseling, pastoral counseling, psychology, etc.) in the state where you provide services. (In some states a Masters is required, in others a bachelors degree with proper training will qualify).
  2. Experience and Education:
    1. Three (3) years of professional service or full time equivalent experience in the field of mental health services. Include all hours involved in providing services (face to face work with clients, supervision, planning, meetings, evaluation, paperwork, etc. involved in providing services). Hours required for licensure in the state where you practice could be included.
    2. At least 1,000 hours (can be part of the above 3 years of experience) must be in equine mental health or learning (EMH/L). The 1,000 hours of EMH/L experience could be broken down in the following manner:
      1. At least 550 (55%) hours of the 1,000 hours listed above must be in delivery of mental health services that incorporated equines and would include all face to face work with clients, supervision, planning, meetings, evaluation, etc. involved in providing services.
      2. As many as 450 (45%) of the 1,000 EMH/L hours could be in seminars, coursework, workshops, academic courses, etc. Must have written documentation of at least 60 clock hours training in equine mental health or education.

Submit:
1.Application
2.Copy of current license
3.Resume or curriculum vitae
4.Documentation of 60 clock hours of EMH/L related education.
5.Appropriate fee

Eligibility for the Education Examination:

  1. Education: Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Human Services, or related field. Additional areas for consideration are: management and staff development, leadership studies, outdoor experiential education, faith based education, expressive arts education, or certification from a nationally recognized coaching institute.
  2. Experience:
    1. Three (3) years of professional experience or full time equivalent in the fields of education, adult education, management and staff development, outdoor experiential education, faith based education, expressive arts education, or coaching.
    2. At least 1,000 hours (can be part of the above three years of experience) in equine interaction learning (EFL). The 1,000 hours of EL experience could be broken down in the following manner:
      1. At least 550 hours of the 1,000 hours listed above must be in delivery of equine interaction learning services and would include all face to face work with students, supervision, planning, meetings, evaluation, etc. involved in providing services.
      2. As many as 450 of the 1,000 EL hours listed above could be in seminars, coursework, workshops, academic courses, etc. on EMH/L Must have written documentation of at least 60 clock hours training in equine interaction mental health or education.

Submit:
1.Application
2.Copy of certificate
3.Copy of Coaching Certificate (if applicable)
4.Resume or curriculum vitae
5.Documentation of 60 clock hours of EMH/L related education.
6.Appropriate fee

CERTIFICATION RESOURCES

Download Handbook for Candidates & Application Form

Frequently Asked Questions

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