ICEF Agent Training Course

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Welcome to the ICEF Agent Training Course (IATC) offered by ICEF in partnership with Pier Online. We have designed the IATC to support excellence and professional standards in international education.

The IATC is a practical, professional training course for agency-based student counsellors. It provides student counsellors with:

  • An understanding of the overall international education market and the main destination countries for international students
  • The skills and research parameters to analyse destination countries and their education products and processes
  • The functional dynamics of dealing with students, education institutions, and governments.

NOTE: It is beyond the scope of the IATC to provide specific information about the institutions, regulations, documents or procedures unique to each destination country. This is a general course to provide a foundation for dealing with all destination countries. The IATC provides the student counsellor with practical training in the general principles and functions common to most destination countries, and provides links to each country for detailed follow-up research and practical application.

The course covers three areas:

  • Course Unit A
    The Context of International Education
    Destination countries, education systems, legal requirements, and visas.
  • Course Unit B
    The People in International Education
    Students, education institutions’ personnel, and immigration authorities.
  • Course Unit C
    Promoting International Education
    Working effectively, marketing, and ethics.

The IATC is delivered online free of charge via this website, in a self-paced modular format. For access, please register for the IATC (registration is free of charge). Related testing and assessment sessions take place at ICEF Workshops and in conjunction with selected industry events and locations around the world. Participants who complete the IATC assessment successfully will be issued with a certificate, certifying them as ICEF Trained Agent Counsellors (ITAC).

Who can benefit from this course?

  • New entrants: Individuals wishing to enter the international education industry as student counsellors (with or without previous experience)
  • New student counsellors: The IATC is an excellent training tool for new staff members at agencies
  • Practising student counsellors: The IATC provides up-to-date information about international education principles and processes.

Pre-requisites:

There are no qualifications or specific language requirements to the IATC. 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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Comments

The ICEF agents training was an invaluable tool for me and our agency. In preparation for the test is an eye-opener for beginners and experienced agents alike. Personally, I was able to understand what international education is really like and the ITAC accreditation became a reference and an important marketing tool for our agency. Our aim at English Experience Intercâmbios is to encourage all our agents to become accredited ITACs , and consequently, better students counselors.
Ivan Tagliaferro, English Experience, Brazil

After four years working as a study abroad co-ordinator, I feel quite experienced and confident promoting language courses abroad and working with our partner schools. When I got the opportunity to try the IATC course, I just went quickly through to realise it was really helpful and interesting, giving me new views on this issues. Then I actually studied the whole course, I just felt I had to, and passed the test successfully. Thank you!
Alena Aichlmanova, Channel Crossings s.r.o., Czech Republic

I really benefited from this course: I learned useful information about education systems in various countries; I also gained knowledge about the procedures and protocols followed by educational organizations around the world. This material will allow me to guide prospective students towards their goals successfully.
Tarek Moustafa Abdalla, EgyTEFL Organization, Egypt

I am very pleased to have studied for the exam. You get a very good overview of the business. And if in the future ICEF offered some more training courses, I would definitely consider them. Continuous training is basic for competitiveness. And I love learning, anyway!
Pepa Ferrer Climent-Pallarés, Overseas Education Adviser, Spain

In my opinion, the test is designed effectively; authentic education consultants with sufficient English skills should pass the test successfully.
Goudarz Sadeghi Hashjin, Royaye Danesh Study Services (RDSS) Ltd., Iran

It was a great experience to write the IATC test: this test covers almost every aspect of the educational agent profession; and the qualification it confers is recognized by most universities and colleges.
Mr Zahoor Elahi, Financial Training Institute (FTI), Pakistan