All applicants must have the following before being considered by the Board of Advisors for the Equi-Health Canada Equine First Aid Instructor ("EFAI") Training course:
1. Must be over the age of 18 and a high school graduate or acceptable level of experience and education. Teens aged 14-17 may be considered however would carry the title of Junior Instructor and would be required to co-teach with a senior instructor until they are 18 years of age. This is not only for insurance purposes, but also to ensure the success of the young instructor.
2. Must have significant experience and comfort in handling and working with horses of all ages, breeds and temperaments. This may be in a specific sport or discipline, groom, breeding background, pleasure rider, police work, or the like.
3. Must be able to participate in learning situations that require skills in observation, visual, auditory and tactile information gathering.
4. Must demonstrate the ability to safely perform hands on assessment/ demonstration with a live horse, including lifting feet and touching all parts of the body.
5. Must be able to lift more than 40 lbs and be able to stand for more than 7 hours consecutively.
5. Must demonstrate the application of good judgement and prompt completion of all responsibilities related to the care and safety of both horse and human.
6. Must be willing able to adhere to the EFAI Code of Ethics.
7. Must not be on any medications or substances that would impair reaction time, judgement or the ability to keep students safe at all times and must be willing to adhere to the Equi-Health Canada substance abuse policy.
8. Must complete the application form in full and pay course fees prior to training date.
*Application does not guarantee acceptance. Tuition refunds will not be issued to failed students, or students who withdraw from the program.