The Level 3 Diploma in Equine Legislation, Welfare and Field Skills, is a regulated qualification that has been developed specifically for the equine welfare sector by The Horse Trust and Lantra Awards. The qualification is awarded by Lantra Awards and regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual), which regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England.

A large number of organisations are involved in protecting and promoting the welfare of horses in the UK. These include organisations that play a role in: investigating allegations of welfare compromise; enforcing welfare and other equine specific legislation; responding to situations where horses are found in distress or straying, abandoned or fly-grazed; and caring for and rehabilitating horses experiencing welfare compromise.

Until this, people employed or volunteering in these roles could not achieve a regulated qualification relevant to their role: this qualification enables those achieving it to demonstrate that they are able to perform their role professionally, safely and to the required industry standard. To determine what this standard should be, the qualification was developed in consultation with statutory organisations, veterinary surgeons, nutritionists, equine behaviourists, and animal and equine welfare charities.

The Level 3 Diploma in Equine Legislation, Welfare and Field Skills has been developed for:

All learners complete around 18-20 units in total based around legislation, welfare and handling. The theory content is completed on The Horse Trust’s E-learning site and learners attend The Horse Trust to complete two practical weeks of training over two years along with an invigilated exam.

'This qualification is so relevant to the industry. It has given me knowledge that I will use to make changes to how we do things within my organisation. I hope this will help us set the best example we can. I’d recommend this qualification for anyone working in welfare'

Sally Burton, Head of Equine, Mare and Foal Sanctuary.