The Canada Course for Education Agents (CCEA)

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Welcome to the Canada Course for Education Agents, created by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD), with the Canadian Consortium for International Education (CCIE) and ICEF. The Canada Course supports professional development for agents specialising in Canada as a study destination.

By taking the Canada Course, agents will acquire a firm foundation in the benefits and organisation of Canada’s education systems, and will gain access to resources with which to help international students study in Canada at the most appropriate institutions and in the best programmes for their goals.

The Canada Course provides education agents with

  • An understanding of why Canada is one of the top study destinations in the world
  • An overview of the study options available in Canada, including examples of flexibility within the higher education system between programmes and institutions
  • Information about how to apply to study, as well as costs and scholarships
  • Tips about how to best prepare for living and studying in Canada

The Canada Course provides education agents with a general foundation in the education systems and processes in Canada as they apply to international students. For information on the rules and processes of specific education institutions in Canada, agents will have to conduct their own research and make direct contact. The Canada Course includes a helpful list of resources at the end of each section for the agent’s personal use.

The course is divided into several sections:

  • Introduction
  • Section A: About Canada
  • Section B: Canada's Systems of Education
  • Section C: Elementary and Secondary School (K-12) Education
  • Section D: Language Programmes
  • Section E: Universities
  • Section F: Colleges, Cégeps and Polytechnics in Canada
  • Section G: Costs of Studying in Canada and Scholarships
  • Section H: Applying to Work, Study, and Stay in Canada
  • Section I: Living in Canada
  • Section J: Promoting Canada

The Canada Course is free and is delivered in a self-paced modular format.

Examinations for the Canada Course are conducted online, at ICEF workshops and when advertised, at related international education events.  An exam fee of CA$350 will be charged. This fee includes 3 attempts at the final test if required.

Education agents who pass the Canada Course examination will receive a notification indicating that they have successfully passed and will be acknowledged with a Canada Course Graduate listing on the ICEF and CCIE websites.

Completion of the exam after taking the course does not provide authorisation, endorsement or accreditation by the Canadian Government.  By successfully completing the exam, the candidates name will appear on a list of agents who have passed the course, providing global audiences with a resource of those agents who have acquired comprehensive information on Canada. All education agents should be aware of Citizenship and Immigration Canada Bill C-35 that regulates immigration consultants.

Benefits of the Canada Course

Education agents who wish to further their professional development and focus on Canada as a study destination should take the Canada course. While they will not be officially accredited or endorsed by the Canadian Government as a result of passing the Canada Course exam, agents will have their name and Canada Course success posted on a website viewable by students across the globe.


There are no qualifications or specific language requirements for the Canada Course. However, English proficiency equivalent to an IELTS score of 5.0 (or TOEFL PBT 500/TOEFL iBT 61) is advisable for English as a Second Language readers.

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The Canada Course for Education Agents conveniently provided me with a lot of knowledge about Canada, including its education system and its different associations.  The course complemented my job perfectly and gave me more confidence. I know that now I am providing the  highest quality service to students interested in Canada. I thoroughly recommend this course to other agents.
Natalia Gutierrez, Estudia y Viaja, Spain

I loved participating in the Canada course.  We are sending students to Canada in August and the knowledge that I have about Canada after the course has been incredibly useful during the preparations.
Katherine d´Arbeloff, Daher Turismo, Brazil

As a native of Canada I took advantage of the Canada Course for Education Agents to gain a deeper understanding of the differences in the Canadian school system. The CCEA teaches us about Canada; the geography, the different cultures, and also helps us to thoroughly advise students and their parents. Even with my many years of experience with Canadian schools, the Canada Course for Education Agents was a valuable tool for my professional development.
Francoise Dallaire, Dallaire Schüler- und Kulturaustausch Agency, Germany

When you promote different study destinations as an agency, you lose too much time in finding information online, such as the education system, best practices, where to select schools, etc. And this has been the case for Canada, one of our top destinations! But when I studied the Canada Course for Education Agents I immediately passed these obstacles. It gave me the proper insights needed to offer a qualitative and professional service. I am glad I took this course and thank you ICEF for making it possible!
Adeila Makashi, ANDE-LM Ltd. Agency, Albania

The CCEA is a very informative programme for the Canadian student recruitment industry. I believe that this programme enhances our information about Canada overall and most importantly its education system. Although I have significant experience working with Canadian institutions, I learnt a number of new aspects about Canadian society, culture and education, which in addition to the information on the education system is very useful when advising students about Canada as a destination to study, live and learn. I recommend to all my colleagues to take advantage of the training resources offered by ICEF and to thus obtain professional information about advising students on education in Canada.
Arafat Shahid, HR Consultants, Pakistan

I can say that the course is a very good one and contains a lot of useful information. I learned many new things and I am sure that I will be using information from the course during my work.
Oksana Kushnirik, Global Dialog, Russia

I believe the CCEA course is a must for every student counselor:
Despite working for years with Canadian Institutions, many have now started asking for the CCEA qualification. Even with vast experience in the Canadian Industry, the CCEA provides extensive new information and details that are very beneficial.
The CCEA grants you competitive advantage over every other agent when it comes to the Canadian Acamemic Industry and pushes you to promote Canada even further, and better.

George Michael Farha, iMaster Intl Academic Consultancy, London

The CCEA offers effective and focussed guidance, and information for education agents, regardless if they are novices or experts. It educates and directs counsellors about the most important fields of questioning from prospective students heading to Canada.
Mohamed El Nagarm, EgyTEFL, Egypt

The CCEA provides perfectly detailed information about Canada, it's geography, economy, and also the benefits students will gain by studying in Canada. I enjoyed the course and it has provided me more confidence and additional knowledge about Canada. I would say every agent working with, or planning on working with Canadian educators should study this course.
Ram Dhakal, Maple International Education, Nepal

Despite of the fact that I have been working in the Canadian Education Industry since 2006 and therefore more familiar with the CCEA’s content, I came across a lot of new information  during the preparation for the exam. Canadian Institutions with whom we deal for agreements or partnerships have started asking for the CCEA and I must admit that I have been getting benefit from the certification.

Mustafa Aydin, International Group for Educational Consultancy (IGEC), USA