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Frequently Asked Questions - The Pioneers of Business Training with Horses


How can I take the Certification Course?


This eight-day Certification Course is the R-EAL D-EAL! With two options for learning;

Virtual Interactive Certification Course - eight days of training including your five-day virtual course and Three-Day Hands-On Training
We make your virtual training experience as close to, if not better than, being in person! PLUS Pre and Post Courses to move your forward!
Online At Your Own Pace Certification Course - Four months (160 hours) of theoretical learning and Three-Day Hands-On Training
This is not your typical online course! It is engaging, fun and packed FULL of information that will keep you coming back for more - while taking it all in at your own pace! Pre and Post Courses to move your forward!

Is there a payment plan?

YES!  How it works is you pay 50% down and then have 5-months interest free to pay off the course balance. Watch this video to learn more! 

Is the Live Virtual Training in structured times or whenever I can attend?

Yes. If you choose this option the zoom will run just like an actual in-person course with start and end times - and many breaks in between. You will be spending approximately six hours on the live with us each day, for five days. These are not recorded.

Is there a time limit if I choose to do the Online At Your Own Pace Training Course?

There isn’t a specific time limit as this is a course that you can learn at your own pace with the same quality learning. The course is estimated to take about 4-months (160 hours) but you can finish over that timeline or sooner if you wish. This is not your typical online course! It is engaging, fun and packed FULL of information that will keep you coming back for more - while taking it all in at your own pace! All the theory along with pre-recorded training and learning presentation for each section of the course. You can ask questions through-out your training as we are a comment away.


So am I certified after the Virtual Live Interactive Certification Course/Online At Your Own Pace Certification Course?

Almost! You still need to complete the hands-on training, but YES, you can start your business and get your business pack as well as get your online review course and access to the worldwide support group. You will have 12 months from the time you finish your course to complete your face to face 3-day training or the no travel training to get your tangible certificate.

Is the 3-day hands-on training or the no travel training mandatory?

Yes. All facilitators must receive hands-on experience to ensure that they are moving forward in the right direction with understanding how to hit your objectives in all the programs and ensure that the horse is the teacher versus you. You will be certified after your course, meaning you can run your programs, get your business started, and make money. You will then have a maximum of 12-months (however we recommend as soon as possible) to complete your 3-day in-person training where you will receive your tangible certificate in person.  

The hands-on portion is necessary is for a few reasons.
  • To TRULY UNDERSTAND when the horse is speaking.
  • To get you moving forward in your business and ensuring your facilitation is top-notch as soon as possible!
  • You will have forgotten a lot of the theory training if you don’t put it into practice in an appropriate amount of time.
  • It is all about experiential learning and you need to experience it as well.
  • You get the expertise of the Instructors and the hundreds of programs they have run over the years!
  • You will build your network with other facilitators.
  • And obviously, because it is awesome.

Where are you located? 

We are a Canadian company that has global status. We have two Headquarters; Calgary, AB, CAN and Terrey Hills, NSW, AUS., for our 3-day hands-on trainings. Plus, we also have locations in the USA, New Zealand, and Europe each year for the convenience of training at a location nearest to you. 

Does it cost more because there is three more days of training?

Nope! Not an extra penny! In fact, it will save you money in accommodations, food or any vehicle rentals for the hands-on portion as it’s only three days together!

Do I have to attend a specific face to face 3-day training?

Nope, you can attend any of the face-to-face 3-day hands-on training at any location, whether it be one week after your initial online training or up to 12-months. A list of upcoming locations is located on our upcoming events on the website so you can choose the one that is the closest to you… or closest to warm weather.
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Do I need a degree or to be a therapist?

NO! This is a life skills development program - NOT a therapy program. We will train you during your course how to ensure you do not get into a therapy situation with your clients. Therefore, you don't need to become a therapist or counsellor to conduct these objectively-driven exercises. It is an excellent addition for therapists, counsellors, and psychiatrists who want to work with the horse to aid their customers in treatment, adding a different perspective to helping your clients advance in their own lives. We do know; however, that should you work with these magnificent animals, simply being in the presence of horses will be a therapeutic experience. 

What is accreditation in this field?

Being accredited means, an organization has proven itself as a legitimate establishment in its field.

Accreditation is essential when you are looking for an organization certifying you in knowledge, theory, research to back your certification, hands-on programs, credentials, when they were established, reviews, and understanding of the horse's welfare is a living being. We partner with them for the results of the programs. This will assure that you will be able to ensure your business and that insurance companies will recognize the legitimacy of your business. 

To be globally accredited means that we are a global company which by definition means that we operate in at least one country other than the country where it originated. This governing body ensures facilitators can maintain their mandated hours while continuing to learn their objectively driven programs and exercises. The facilitator must adhere to their country's guidelines for ethical work with the equines to be a part of our governing body. We do not just certify people and hope it all works out, we work with our facilitators for the life of their careers. It's our promise. 

Through the training and continued support, we ensure that you are competent to carry out specific conformity of running this course with your form of delivery to bring results to the clients you will serve. We have this Governing Body to ensure you maintain your mandated hours and continually learn your objectively driven programs and exercises with results for safety and competency.

Computers and I don’t mix! How can I do this?

This still works for those who are NOT technologically savvy.

Don’t worry! We will give you step by step instructions on how to get on the Live Virtual Training and how to participate. We have selected a platform that is pretty much clicking, and you are in! If you choose the Online At Your Own Pace Training, it is a super easy platform to navigate through.


Can I practice at home with my horses?

You bet!! You will receive ‘how to practice’ tutorials videos after you’ve completed the training, for how to facilitate your objectives that are designed in the programs that you receive with your business package. PLUS, when do you step-ins to facilitate the objective with the horse teaching and calling you in when it’s time to do just that.


Can I have a copy of my certificate to get insurance?

Yes, you bet! We can give you a PDF of your certificate if needed for your insurance company.


What about time zones?

The course will start up at either 8 am (for Mountain Time and Australian Eastern Time) or 9am (for Eastern Time). We are running the course in three time zones currently; Mountain Time, Eastern Time and Australian Eastern Daylight Time. This way, everyone will be able to join! If you are in Atlantic time, no worries, you can join our Eastern Time course. In Pacific? Come on into the Mountain Time course. In the Southern Hemisphere? No worries, the Australian Eastern Standard Time can work for you!

What's the difference between your certification and other certifications?

We can never speak on other certifications as we have not taken all of the other certification courses ourselves. At the Equine Connection, we understand the confusion and fear of choosing the right certification for you and your horses. This is a question that is asked regularly. We hope this helps in the understanding as we are not like any other equine certification.

We originally created the 'Outside the Box Business Package'! Business training in this field is 100% important to help you every step of the way because so many people get certifications, but they don't know what to do with them or how to make money. 

No one in the world has an Authentic You Women's Workshop, Building Men Workshops, Family Herd Series, and our famous Anti-Bullying programs. Kari trained in 2008 at a company that is no longer in existence when there was a six-person partnership. That included the designer of the programs and the certification school (Kari still works with the designer). Then Kari was the only instructor in the world certifying in the BuildingBlock™ course for one year, as the original organization had dissolved their business.

We are most proud of this astonishing certification as it is unique amongst equine-assisted learning certifications. The foundation of this certification is the 'WELFARE' of the horse, first and foremost! We've created a certification to work with horses vs using horses! We have been scared by many certifications that use horses vs work with horses! We know the number one thing a horse needs to feel is SAFE, and if we cannot keep our horses safe, it will literally put all clients who work with them in harm's way.

The main difference between us and some other courses is that we are not a therapy course, but rather skills development. You also don’t have don’t have to be a degreed therapist or counsellor to run these objectively driven programs because it’s about skills being developed. No equine therapy - no riding. We do know however, that whenever you work with these magnificent creatures, horse therapy exists.

I'm certified in another EAL Course. Can I buy your curriculum? Can you help me get to success? 

Unfortunately, our Out of the Box Business Pack, all of our curriculums, programs, packages and targeted workshops are only available to our Equine Connection Certified Facilitators. We have had many people who have taken other certifications come to get certified with us to get them on a path to success!  

Alternatively, we do have a Business With Horses course that is available to anyone working with horses as well! Learn more here.

The investment seems higher than other certifications, why?

It’s a career with horses not a course. We train you for the life of your certification including how to build a sustainable business to make a nice living at doing what you love.

Is this Certification right for me?

We strongly suggest doing your research and looking at reviews but look for two things;
  • Will the company get you to where you want to be not just right away, but in five years, ten years down the line?
  • And also, do they use horses or work with them. Do they take the welfare of the horses into account in their certification? Google would be the best bet for everything you look for in your dream career.

Why is it important to have a Certification?

Would you hire an electrician to wire your house with no training? Or a dentist to work on your teeth that was self-taught? It may seem like something that you can easily do, it is just working with horses and people, but it is also working in behaviour modification and change. Without training or certification, you are putting yourself in a liable situation where you could open yourself up to getting into therapy situations you are not trained for or “telling” people rather than facilitating. Also, for insurance or working with organizations, they want to know that there is a reason why you can do what you do. Not to mention the research studies, history and clout for sales by having an international certification behind you. We know we would not have business with our organizations and schools if we did not have training in what we do to help humans and understand how the horse is the teacher and how to parallel and move forward in life with these learnings.

Get the support!

Once you are completed your training you will be entered into our private ‘Workplace’ group to meet the international family of hundreds of facilitators who will help you and support you (along with your instructors) on the journey towards your dream career!

"Too much happiness and relief, I realized after day two of taking this certification course that Equine Connection was precisely the objective-based, social-emotional ground work curriculum that I had been looking for over 5 years. Even after all my research with other equine-assisted programs/certifications, I could not find a research-based program for life skills with horses where I would not have to reinvent the wheel or be able to ensure results and not just happy, fuzzy moments. This course exceeded my expectations, and honestly believe the hype when people say they left feeling more empowered than when they began and reaped more than they expected. While Carolyn and Kari's infectious and powerful presence via social media was very attractive in making the (gulp) initial investment of purchasing the course, I was pleasantly surprised (maybe I'm just a tad too speculative or cynical) that their energy and positive intent was actually authentic and made the 5 days a real joy and inspiration to experience...

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"The Equine Connection Horse Certification is more than a certification, it’s a turn key business well worth the cost of the investment!
Successfully passing other certifications left me with a feeling of accomplishment and a nice frameable certificate but that was it. This is the first certification course I have taken that actually gave me the answer to the “Now what?’ question I typically have after completing a course.The course provides invaluable information and the business pack you receive at the end of the course has everything you need to get going on your business.
The Equine Connection Team is supportive and available every step of the way.
~ Karen Franco