We currently offer NL Certifications for licensed mental health professionals who do trauma-focused equine-assisted psychotherapy (TF-EAP), for practitioners in other helping professions (e.g., life coaches, consultants, etc.) who use horses to help people, and for equine professionals who co-facilitate EAP sessions or support other kinds of equine assisted work. We also offer NLC-R (relationship) certification for professional and personal applications specifically for people who do not use horses in their work.
When you sign up for Certification, you will be asked to select an option. Click on the links below to learn more about the requirements for each certification option.
The certification enrollment fee is $499, which includes one year of NL Professional membership as well as a non-refundable initiation fee. There are other costs associated with certification which you will incur on a pay-as-you-go basis. Read about certification costs and general requirements.
NLC for clinicians: This is your certification option if you are a licensed mental health professional who practices EAP with an EP co-facilitator in your sessions.
NLC Dual for clinicians: This is your certification option if you qualify as both a licensed mental health professional and as an EP, and you facilitate TF-EAP sessions, with or without a co-facilitator.
NLC for practitioners: This is your certification option if you are a practitioner of a discipline that is other than licensed mental health and you do equine-assisted work with the help of an EP.
NLC Dual for practitioners: This is your certification option if you are a practitioner of a non-mental health discipline and you do equine-assisted work serving as both practitioner and EP.
NLR for Clinicians: This is your certification option if you are a mental health professional who does not use horses in your practice.
NLR for Practioners: This is your certification if you are in any other helping profession and you apply NL principles in your work. Practitioners may include coaches, teachers, healers, mentors, and others.