Human Anti-Doping Course

Welcome to the Human Anti-Doping Course for Athletes. This programme provides FEI Athletes (riders, drivers, vaulters, lungers) with key knowledge to compete “clean”, avoid unintentional Anti-Doping Rule violations, and understand a complex and demanding Anti-Doping environment.

FEI Officials, parents, trainers, medical personnel and other members of the Athletes’ entourage are also strongly encouraged to take this course. They, too, have rights and obligations under the Anti-Doping Rules.

Thank you for taking the course and please give us your feedback !

This course was produced in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES).

How does the course work?

Online Course NO certification

3 h
Online learning

What you will learn

By the end of this course, you will:

  • understand why human doping is a problem;
  • understand how the human Anti-Doping system works at global and FEI levels;
  • understand why substances/methods are included in the Prohibited List for humans, and how to check whether a substance/method is prohibited;
  • know when and how Athletes must check their current therapies against updates to the Prohibited List;
  • know the conditions under which prohibited substances/methods may be used for legitimate medical reasons;
  • understand the health and safety impacts of steroid use; recreational drug use, and substance abuse;
  • understand the risks posed by supplements use, and how alternatives can be found;
  • know what happens when an athlete is tested and what are the athlete’s rights and responsibilities;
  • be familiar with the 10 categories of Anti-Doping Rule violations and the possible sanctions;
  • understand that not only Athletes are subject to the FEI’s Anti-Doping Rules and liable for violations;
  • understand what happens when the FEI finds that an Anti-Doping Rule violation has been committed;
  • understand that some Anti-Doping policies, including the FEI’s Anti-Doping Rules, can recognise pre-existing sanctions from other policies; and
  • know how to report doping and stay up-to-date in a fast evolving world.

Course format


The course is divided into 10 sections, which usually end with a quiz to be completed before moving to the next section. With the quizzes, you have an opportunity to learn more actively and see concrete examples of the concepts presented in the course. There is no minimum grade to “pass” the quizzes, and you can chose to take them as many times as you like. Once you have gone through all sections of the course, you will receive a completion certificate.