need to know
What, When & Where
What is it?
The AEFL Level 1, 2 & 3 (mounted) certificate clinic courses are run by Australian Equine Facilitated Learning (AEFL) Trainers and Assessors. AEFL is Australia’s leading equine assisted education and learning program for students wanting to begin a career as an Equine Facilitator.
Our facilitators come from varied and diverse backgrounds with different motivations and horse skills. Most of them have worked with horses and from their own experiences have wanted to share this horse healing power with others.
When is it?
Please visit the website or Facebook page for the most current Clinic and Workshop Dates.
Bookings for 2023
Level 1 – QLD - May 4th – 7th
Level 2 – QLD – June 23rd – 25th
Level 1 – VIC – Sept 21st – 24th
Level 2 – VIC – Dec 8th – 10th
** Book a level 1 and a level 2 in the same transaction and receive 10% discount**
Where is it?
The sessions are held in 2 locations yearly. Victoria & Queensland.
Victoria is hosted at the beautiful and historical Tooradin Estate.
Tooradin Estate is a 300-acre property situated 60kms southeast of Melbourne in South Gippsland, which boasts endless paddocks, working yards, arenas and cross-country course, the local pony club, and the RDA. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063661717863.
Queensland is hosted by Ebony Cox Equine Services in the sunshine coast hinterland, situated 45 mins north from the Sunshine Coast airport in the bustling town of Gympie. The purpose built EFL Centre provides arenas, yards, obstacles and numerous working areas for clients and horses. https://www.facebook.com/EbonyCoxEquineServices/
This course is not about working with client or horses as individuals, but about bringing them together for a therapeutic interaction that promotes strategies to attain healthier relationships that can improve wider group and family dynamics.
The session consists of demonstrations, practical field-based information scientifically based by the latest research. We believe there is no greater teacher than the environment we live in – real world application is where we excel.
The Australian Equine Facilitated Learning Team was developed and is run by professional horse trainers, qualified equine scientists, business owners and equine enthusiasts. – Elaine Russell & Ebony Cox
Students will attend the required clinic (L1, L2 or Mounted) with AEFL Assessors and Trainers, participation is encouraged.
Each student will be observed on their abilities of horsemanship and handling, role plays and scenarios, and interactions with clients.
Post clinic self-assessment and Teams chat to discuss areas of competence and areas for opportunity of improvement.
Following this, students can choose to complete the required post clinic practical hours, and relevant paperwork, as per assessment criteria and workbook*
Before engagement with Clients, facilitators are required to obtain relevant required paperwork first before they engage with clients in practical sessions.
Students are to engage, plan, produce and record each post clinic client session by video, along with supporting relevant documentation to be assessed via online portal.
*Advanced levels will require a workbook to be submitted for assessment.
As of 2023 a required pre-requisite for each level is to be complete. The online training modules will either refresh your equine skills and memory or expand your understanding on horse care, health, safety, and wellbeing.
Whilst it is not a pre-requisite to have horse skills and experience, it would be difficult to meet the required criteria without having worked with horses in some capacity before. Initially the work is all ground-based so riding ability is not necessary.
What AEFL does not require is any kind of medical or mental health qualification.
Introduction Workshop is all inclusive – Information Session
Level 1 is open to all to access and can be used for professional development for certificated facilitators and AEFL members.
Level 2 cannot be undertaken without attending a Level 1 clinic – the criteria does not have to be submitted.
Mounted level can only be undertaken by those who have attended a Level 2 clinic and completed the assessment criteria and received a level 1 certificate.
Travelling to the Clinic/Workshop
Although we do not anticipate schedule changes, we highly recommend that you secure reliable transport to and from the workshop. AEFL cannot assist with Travel Plans. AEFL Pty Ltd is not responsible for any financial loss that you may suffer. If you are unable to attend the session or if the session is not running for any reason.
Step 1 - Head to the website – www.efl.net.au.
Step 2 - Sign up/Log in to the website – Ensure that you have all your details current and valid.
Step 3 - Head to the Workshops and Clinics Tab & Select Upcoming Courses.
Step 4 - Click – Book Clinic – Complete the Booking form - ensure you complete any dietary requirements, information about you and your horse experience, media consent & emergency contact information.
Step 5 - Pay the Deposit to secure your booking.
Step 6 – Settle your outstanding invoice 3 week before the start of the clinic.
What Our Graduate Receive
On completion of attending and participating in the clinic, post clinic self-assessment chat, and post clinic hours and assessments students will accomplish a certificate of achievement, recognising that they have worked towards specific industry practice, ethics, and standards.
Students will have the knowledge, skills, confidence and understand the expectations of working with clients and horses, ability to become self-employed.
AEFL facilitators will have access to further education opportunities, professional development, and the opportunity to become a AEFL Practicing Member.
Code of Conduct
All students must sign and acknowledge the AEFL Student code of conduct at the commencement of each clinic.
Clinic Fees & Package Inclusions
Tuition & Learning Content
Classroom Booking & Amenities
Morning & Afternoon Tea (Lunch not supplied)
Horse Hire & Property Management
All Learning Materials
Stationary, Printing etc.
Professional Indemnity & Public Liability at clinics
Total Package (ex GST)
LEVEL 1 - $2300.00
LEVEL 2 - $2100.00
LEVEL 3 - $2100.00
*Prices subjected to change without notice
Refund & Cancellation Policy
Deposit is non-refundable.
If you cancel your position in the clinic less than 3 weeks prior to the clinic/workshop your deposit will not be returned.
LEVEL 1 - $575.00
LEVEL 2 - $525.00
LEVEL 3 - $525.00
Refer to Cancellation & Refund Policy