Irish National Register

Welcome to the HETI Irish National Register page. Here you will find details of the current HETI National Register pilot program.

Background to the Pilot project

The Irish HETI National Register is a list of the names and contact details of individuals and organisations who provide equine assisted services such as therapy, education and activities in Ireland. Individual practitioners and organisations wishing to be included on the Register will be asked to submit [electronically] specified documents to confirm that they have in place current information, for example evidence of insurance, qualifications and training to verify their provision. On receipt in full of the documents required by HETI and of the membership fee due, an individual will appear on the HETI National Register. The HETI National register will be managed centrally by the Irish National Committee and the HETI office, overseen by the HETI Executive Director/Secretary.

The National Register aims to act as a resource for service users wishing to access provision for which verification must be supplied in order to commission and or fund the provision. The Register would, for example, provide assurance that practitioners have appropriate up-to-date insurance cover or that they have relevant experience and training to offer equine assisted services such as therapy, Education and Activities. 

The National Register may also ultimately provide Federation, Business, Institute and Associate members with a more effective means of mutual support through greater emphasis on developing national networks and essential operational credentials. HETI seeks to act as a guiding point for members, to link those who wish to be part of a National Forum of member organisations.

The membership cost represents the administrative costs involved with reviewing and verifying documentation, website development and upkeep as well as additional membership extras which will aid in upholding high scientific and educational standards in the field, such as access to HETI Journal: an international peer reviewed Journal of Research and Practice, and HETI’s International Membership database. These costs are subject to change upon completion of the pilot project.

Please email office@hetifederation.org if you have any questions or require additional information.

Application Fees and categories

Membership type

Price per year 

Large Organisation

National Organisations who wish to be included on the HETI National Register apply via HETI’s Federation Membership route initially if they are not already Federation Members. Federation Membership is open to National Organisations practicing therapeutic equestrian activities, which fulfill the requirements for membership. Authority to confer such membership is vested in the HETI International Council.

€500

Education Entity

This is for colleges and universities, research institutes and organisations with educational and/or certification capabilities. Each member of staff will also be required to submit their details within this application.

€250

Small Organisation

This category is for organisations with less than 10 members of staff working specifically in the field of equine assisted services, therapy and activities.

€150

Individual Practitioner

This category is for individuals who wish to be included on the website as individual , free-lance practitioners or those involved in running / or part of an organisation.

€50

 Application fees cover one year’s registration until the renewal date.
Application process

As a not-for-profit Organisation, we aim to arrange as much of this process as possible electronically to keep costs and delays to a minimum.

The review process will take 4 weeks and upon successful completion applicants will then be added to the register.

  • Applicants will apply online via the ‘Apply Now ‘portal on the HETI website. This will include a secure payment portal area also.
  • On receipt of an individual’s application and payment, it will be acknowledged by email.
  • Upon successful completion of payment and once HETI is satisfied that all required documentation has been received and it has reviewed the documentation, the applicant will be placed on the HETI National Register.
  • While the applicant is waiting for their documents to be reviewed they can enjoy all the benefits of HETI membership for example access to over 120 journal articles and international news and networking opportunities.
  • Please note all applications are received in good faith from applicants.
The Decision-Making Process

The overall decision making process is based on all the criteria outlined by the National Committee being met by each applicant. This process will take 4 weeks from the receipt of all the required documentation. This is to ensure adequate time to review all documentation and to set up new applicants with their registration and membership details.

Applicants who have not provided all that is required will be advised that until they do so they will not be included on the register. HETI and the Irish National Committee can offer assistance, support and guidance to these individuals or organisations.

In the case of a Register applicant who feels that they are affected by extenuating circumstances based on an equivalency that applies in a particular country, making them unable to produce the document required in the general criteria, then they can request in writing to the Executive Committee that they are permitted to submit an alternative document that in their country is equivalent to the one required which they are unable to produce.

Forged/falsified documentation/misrepresentation

As stated earlier all documents are received in good faith from applicants. In the event that there are valid and evidence based reports of concern about a member of the register who has provided information that is false, their Register entry will be suspended pending the investigation of relevant concerns. This procedure will be carried out by two members of the HETI Executive Committee with a final review by the HETI National Forum Committee.

Applicants who have not provided all that is required will be advised that until they do so they will not be included on the register. HETI and the Irish National Committee can offer assistance, support and guidance to these individuals or organisations.

In the case of a Register applicant who feels that they are affected by extenuating circumstances based on an equivalency that applies in a particular country, making them unable to produce the document required in the general criteria, then they can request in writing to the Executive Committee that they are permitted to submit an alternative document that in their country is equivalent to the one required which they are unable to produce.

What if an application is refused?

If an application fails due to lack of required documentation being submitted, applicants will be given useful advice and support to improve their application when re-applying. Should an application for registration or renewal still fail to reach the outlined criteria, the fee will be refunded minus 25% administration fee.

Upon Successful Completion of the Application Process

The applicant will be notified about HETI’s decision and will be sent their receipt and  membership login details. Their name, contact details and information about their services will appear on the HETI National Register.