|1. Why does Equinology not offer distance learning for modality courses?|
There are several answers to this one question, so if I may I will split these up for best clarification.
It is not that Equinology does not offer selected distance learning applications towards courses, it would be more correct to say Equinology does not offer a certification through distance learning.
First of all, distance learning is considered studying from your own home or environment. This can take various forms. Some distance learning is accomplished through one application or a combination of study guides, workbooks and videos. Others involve on-line education which can be similar to videos, or in real time through virtual classroom tuition directly with the instructor.
Many of the study guides and workbooks entail learning on paper only but no actual practical application. Others ask you to try the application on the animal but how do you know if you are doing this correctly without supervision?
At Equinology, when a student enrolls in the Equine Body Worker course (or any other course with a prerequisite of veterinary terminology and vocabulary), they must first complete precourse study by taking the EQ50 Equine Anatomy Precourse Distance Study. Participants are expected to spend at least 100 hours working through this guide before the class begins. Many other programs base their learning outcomes from this type of study alone. This is only a preparation at Equinology and is not a replacement for on site participation. We recommend on line tutorial as another great preparation for a course but again, not a replacement.
Even though students will have gone through the material before the class, we always revise the work at the actual course, mostly because learning this hugely important material on paper only offers a two-dimensional aspect. The practical hands-on application at the course solidifies the material. Fifteen years of running the courses has proven this time and time again.
As for using a video medium, where this can be useful to show moves and positions it is not a replacement for classroom tuition. There are several videos available that demonstrate massage and stretching techniques, and although they assist learning, the practitioner is often not aware of what he or she is doing until someone is there in real time to correct a position, body mechanics and actual use of techniques. We usually find it more challenging to undo poorly learned techniques than to instruct first-time learners.
The virtual classroom is an interesting concept whereby the student is in front of the computer monitor at the same time as the instructor. This medium allows for real-time interaction and discussion during lecture portions. Equinology does plan to use a virtual classroom for several courses, if these meet with certain criteria. A practical portion of the course will take place after the required number of lectures has been attended and homework has been assessed. We know we will never replace any massage or foundation courses with the virtual classroom.
If you have ever taken one of the foundation courses with Equinology, you will know that we usually present a lecture on a particular portion of the course, this lasts around 1- 2 hours and we then follow up the theory with a practical session to instill the lecture outline or continue with earlier-learned techniques.
There are several subject matters that to lend themselves well to the distance study format. These topics to not require hands on participation so they do not need an on site instructor supervising the technique application. We approve the Dr. Kellon, My Horse University and the Equine First Aid Course for distance study and again with our EQ50 Equine Anatomy Precourse Distance Study.
|2. Is there an order in which I have to take these courses?|
No. Unless a course has a prerequisite, you do not have to follow a specific order. For instance, let’s say you wanted to sign up for the EQ700: Saddle Fitting and Shoeing Dynamics course. Although the EQ700 is a requirement of our Advanced Equine Body Worker certification outline, that does not mean you have to be a certified EBW or an EBW Level II to take the class. The prerequisite for the EQ700 is that you understand veterinary vocabulary and terminology. If you have taken one of our foundation massage classes or anatomy classes, you have plenty of knowledge and will be comfortable with the material. You may have this knowledge from other work and life experience. If you do want to take this course (or any course with the same prerequisite) and it is the first of its kind for you, we strongly suggest that you register well in advance. Upon registration with your request, we will send you the same study guide we send out for the foundation massage and progressive anatomy workshop.
|3. What exactly are the certification levels? |
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|4. Is there a governing body or association for qualified Equine Body Workers? |
The International Equine Body Worker Association (IEBWA) is the centralized regulatory and supporting body for all student and qualified Equine Body Workers globally.
In addition to receiving a listing on the IEBWA website (www.iebwa.com) Equine Body Workers have the logo present on the Equinology site listing.
There are a multitude of benefits to joining the IEBWA including affordable professional liability insurance.
The IEBWA is not an alumni membership like some associations. We recognize qualified individuals from other appropriate programs.
The Association represents its members at trade functions, in professional communications and similar. In addition, promotional and educational material is available from various divisions. The IEBWA has branches in the USA, Canada, Brazil, Australia/New Zealand and South Africa.
|5. I started with another program. How do I become certified by Equinology INC®?|
We welcome students and graduates from other programs for continuing education. Continuing education is one of the main concepts as to why Equinology was developed.
If you have taken a foundation massage course from another acceptable program of similar content and length you are able to challenge our equine foundation massage course to continue on to one of our next levels of certification. However, challenging the course does not automatically give you certification as an EBW through Equinology. We will give you education credit for the course enabling you to continue on to one of our next levels. Once you complete one of those levels, then you will be certified by us.
Only those have successfully completed and qualified for the EBW, EBW Level II, AEBW or SEBW are allowed to use the term Equine Body Worker®. It is a registered trademark and service mark distinguishing our graduates.
|6. Where can I find a list of all the courses? |
You can find the course list below by clicking on to the URL