Crossfields Institute Level 3 Diploma in Mindfulness for People with their Animals:

Trust Technique Practitioner

This qualification provides clear guidelines as to how to deliver The Trust Technique® effectively, safely and within the law whilst retaining the original essence of the technique for the ultimate benefit of animals and people. This is a formal Ofqual regulated qualification (Level 3 Diploma).

Does your work…
make your heart sing?

Life is a journey of discovering your own authenticity

why should your work be any different?

Has the voice of doubt given you excuses to keep your working life as a means to an end? Have you had the desire to work with animals but it has been not viable, or the industry has just not felt right for you?  Maybe you are already working in the animal industry yet have a feeling that something is missing? Do you believe that there is more to learn regarding the animal/human relationship? Do you struggle to help the animal when you know it’s the clients process as well?

A Trust Technique® Practitioner holds a space of supporting people and their animals. Creating a better life for both by introducing a daily therapeutic practice that has the power to resolve issues and enhance co-operation.

The Trust Technique® consultation delivers an integral structure of support while keeping within the laws and guidelines of professional practice. This qualification gives the practitioner the opportunity to be working with people and their animals within a number of different scenarios, to create both physical and emotional change.

Becoming a Trust Technique® Practitioner is part of the growth and future of this pioneering approach to the animal/human connection and social care.

worldwide Learning Platform

This online Ofqual recognised qualification, has been designed to give you the optimum learning experience and provides a range of teaching resources including; video tutorials, audio seminars and written materials. It also provides access to The Trust Technique® Members’ chat rooms and webinars.

James will share his knowledge and practical application, in the most detailed way possible, showing how The Trust Technique® can be applied with all animals, using examples of video footage, (filmed from around the world), whilst on his travels with his partner Shelley.

This Level 3 Diploma provides a simple to use but sophisticated online learning platform, designed to enhance your knowledge of the principles of The Trust Technique® and provide significant opportunities to apply this knowledge through practical experience. As a learner, you will also be equipped with a set Trust Technique® Consultation Structure, to enable you to share what you have learnt with clients; safely, legally and effectively.

The social functions of this course will allow learners to connect to other Trust Technique® learners and Practitioners, helping you to grow within a purposeful community as well as providing additional support for you as you embark on your new career as a professional Trust Technique® Practitioner.

This qualification delivers several benefits to its graduates



  • Support your clients and their animals in building trust and confidence, by developing deeper, more peaceful relationships, to help resolve problems
  • Support your clients in helping them to create a healing space for their animals and themselves
  • Support rescue centres and similar organisations; their staff and animals; on a one-to-one basis
  • Educate others through presentational talks
  • Utilise The Trust Technique® in your own workplace or in your own professional practice
  • Develop your professional career further (as there is a growing need, for those working in formal organisations, e.g. charitable, educational or private); to be suitably qualified with relevant, accredited, industry and demand-led, qualifications
  • Establish a good level of public professional practice, demonstrating an awareness of both the legal and ethical context of your practice
  • Become part of a professional community of Trust Technique® Practitioners, with access to ongoing support and information to allow for your continued professional development (CPD)
  • Develop your own professional offer, supporting the health and well-being of people with their animals, in a direction that is more explicitly Mindfulness led.


  • Benefit from the mindfulness techniques learnt, helping you to restore your own balance and peace and deepen your own relationships with others
  • Develop your own internal understandings of the relationship between people, animals and the possibilities it creates
  • Develop your own skills, experience and knowledge in use of The Trust Technique®
  • Progress further with The Trust Technique® in additional qualifications at an advanced level
  • Grow and engage in learning

Tuition Fees

There is a choice of 2 animal categories

Domestic animal: Qualification
Allows the practitioner to work with all domestic animals such as dogs, cats and other house animals.

Large animal: Qualification Allows the practitioner to work with all large animals such as equines, farm animals, wild and captive.

The choices below include fees for:
One animal category either as a single payment or as a payment plan

Option to complete the second
Animal category after qualifying for the first animal category

One Animal Category

One Simple Payment

Domestic Or Large Animal
£ 3,250+VAT
  • Qualify for Domestic or Large Animal
  • One payment
  • PayPal, credit card or bank transfer
  • Up to 2 years to qualify (part-time)
  • Second animal option after qualifying for the first £950+VAT

Payment Plan

Domestic Or Large Animal
£ 3,350+VAT
  • Qualify for Domestic or Large Animal
  • Initial payment £1,675.00+VAT Credit card and PayPal accepted
  • +6 monthly payments £279.16+VAT (£100 admin fee included)
  • Up to 2 years to qualify (part-time)
  • Second animal option after qualifying for the first £950+VAT

A Second Animal Category

Can be applied for after qualifying for either the large or domestic

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The Qualification

This Level 3 Diploma is designed to teach you the necessary steps to enable you to become a fully qualified Trust Technique® Practitioner, so that you can help both animals and people find confidence and trust, within a practice of mindfulness.

The qualification duration:

All learners are given a 2 year period to complete the qualification.
Below are 2 examples to give a sense of the weekly commitment. 

2 years part-time based on 4.5 hours per week
6 months full-time based on 18.3 hours per week

Once qualified the Trust Technique® Practitioner will continue to be supported in their on-going professional development (CPD), via The Trust Technique® website’s social media functions, which includes regular webinars, chat rooms and access to new content.

The qualification will:

  • Introduce you to the history and essence of The Trust Technique®;
  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of the key principles of The Trust Technique®;
  • Equip you with the skills to be able to describe The Trust Technique® on a one-to-one basis or publicly to a group;
  • Provide the significant opportunity for gaining personal experience in use and essence of The Trust Technique® working with a range of animals;
  • Introduce you to the set Trust Technique® Consultation Structure;
  • Provide you with the skills and confidence to follow the Consultation Structure with a client;
  • Support you within a social learning environment;
  • Provide opportunities for self-development as a learner;
  • Provide opportunities to develop your public practice (once qualified); safely, legally and effectively.

Assessment details

This qualification is assessed through a portfolio of evidence. The learner will meet all learning outcomes in the module before they can be awarded that module.

There are 2 animal categories 

Domestic animal: Qualification allows the practitioner to work with all domestic animals such as dogs, cats and other house animals.

Large animal: Qualification allows the practitioner to work with all large animal such as equines, farm animals, wild and captive.

For teaching and assessment purposes, learners will study and be assessed on the following:

For the Domestic Animal category– Learners will study and demonstrate working with dogs to qualify for all animals in the domestic category.

For the Large Animal category – Learners will study and demonstrate working with horses to qualify for all animals in the large animal category.

  • Dogs (if enrolled onto Module 5A – Domestic Animals) or;
  • Horses (if enrolled onto Module 5B, Large Animals), 

Assessment tasks will include:

  • An example letter to a rescue centre
  • A one-page essay relating to the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966, The Animal Welfare Act 2006 and the Data Protection Act 1998
  • Self-assessment and reflective activities
  • Self-development activities, related to the knowledge gained from the reading of 5 set books
  • A 20-minute video presentation on The Trust Technique®
  • 6 Gaining Experience sessions with 4 different animals (that are not yours).
    • If you are enrolled on Module 5A (Domestic Animals) – you will be carrying out 6 sessions with 4 individual dogs.
    • If you are enrolled on Module 5B (Large Animals) – you will be carrying out 6 sessions with 4 individual horses.
  • 10 Consultation completed including paperwork plus a video of the best session (working with a client and a client’s animal).
    • If you are enrolled on Module 5A (Domestic Animals) – you will carry out 10 Consultations with a client and the client’s dog.
    • If you are enrolled on Module 5B (Large Animals) – you will carry out 10 Consultations with a client and the client’s horse.

Full details of assessment tasks will be provided once successful enrolment onto the qualification has been confirmed.

On qualification

Learners will be awarded a Level 3 Diploma in Mindfulness for people with their animals – Trust Technique Practitioner; once our Awarding Organisation (Crossfields Institute) and their External Quality Assurance Team have confirmed that a learner has successfully met and achieved all of the requirements for this award.

Questions & Answers

The qualification was graded by Ofqual as a Level 3 diploma- the duration of the qualification is 440 hours

Qualification duration

Dependent on how much time the student can commit to the qualification. Two examples below, which include the maximum and minimum time for completion.

2 years part-time based on 4.5 hours per week

6 months full-time based on 18.3 hours per week

however, there is an extension policy for an additional time if a learner requires.

The Trust Technique works with all animals. We have created 2 categories based on the learners animal experience. The domestic animal is those that are living in a home, for example, dogs cats rabbits etc.. Large animals include horses, farm animals and captive animals.

For assessment purposes, working with dogs for domestic and horses for large animals. Mainly because they can be worked with on leads and halters, demonstrating this gives us the confidence that the Practitioner will be able to work with animals that do not need the lead or halter.

We do require that all learners have experience with each category that they will be working with. Horse experience for large animals and dog experience with domestic.

There are 2 ways that you can add the extra category to your qualification.

1 After completing one category we will be happy to extend your time to complete the second category (if you have the correct experience) After completion then we can qualify you for both categories. There is a £950 fee for the second category

2 Qualify for one category and then re-enter the content to complete the second category. This means that you have already been qualified for one and then you re-enter the qualification to complete the second category. This method means that you will be registering a second time and this requires a second application fee and course fee. This option would be for someone who may not have had the necessary experience for the second category when they first applied. Yet since that time now have the experience necessary for the second category. This will require a full re-registration including the fee plus the full course.

There are:

6x small A4 essays to complete

5 x books on our required reading list. These are books chosen that support the Trust Technique methodology and bring extra insights to the learner experience

1x 20 min video presentation describing the Trust Technique

6 x sessions for 4 animals in each category. If completing both categories then this is 48 sessions 24 with dogs and 24 with horses. These are Gaining your own experience and are sessions with other peoples animals (not teaching the owner)

10 x consultations for each category. If completing both categories then this would be 20 sessions 10 with dogs and 10 with horses. At this point, learners are working with both the human and the animal. We require the best sessions to be videoed and submitted to us as the final assessment.

Learners will need to video their consultations with the client and their animal. The camera will need to be able to record for over 1.5 hours, have good visual and audio.

We recommend Go Pro sessions and a chest strap, this allows the learner to wear the camera so that we can see the session from the learner’s view.

Having a good quality camera can really enhance your practice as you will also be able to take videos of those gentle touching moments and can be used for promotion of your practice.

Yes, assessments do need to be in English. If the learner is in a country that does not speak English, please find clients that can converse in English. Otherwise, the videos will need to be subtitled which would be a lengthy process for the learner.

We are very excited about having bilingual learners as the opportunity for them is huge! It maybe harder for assessments but after qualification it means that the Trust Technique can be delivered to a larger audience.

Yes, we are looking at the next level of qualification is one of a coach. This will be exploring the rehabilitation of both animals and people combined healing. There is a great need for this level of healing worldwide. We will be looking at qualified practitioners who are ready and willing to take the Trust technique to this next level.

This level 3 diploma is regulated by Ofqual, which is one of the leading qualification authorities in the UK. The UK has a well-deserved reputation worldwide for providing high quality and well-respected higher education.

The growth of the internet has enabled UK institutions to make information on their courses available to a global audience.

This growth and the need for more flexible provision, opening higher education up to a wider group of people means that many universities and colleges now offer their degrees through distance learning.

We have our own block scheme for any learners that are within Europe. We also have the membership for international insurance.

Yes we do the full details are above in the tuition fees section

It is important to note that as a regulated qualification, there are no refunds offered for this Diploma outside of the normal 14-Day Consumer T&C’s. 

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