Agent policy

Canada does not have a collective policy on education agents, there is not an accreditation system and the Government of Canada cannot specifically endorse any particular agent providing education information. The value of education agents is recognised in providing current, accurate information on all education opportunities for the best interest of a student when they are making their decision to study in Canada.  The Government of Canada recommends ethical practices and professionalism in an agent relationship to advise students about education opportunities.

A strategy to work with education agents 

Recognising that education agents/consultants are a key component in the mobility of international students, the Government of Canada provides the following tools to support quality services in education advising:

  • Regulatory information under Bill C-35 regarding the responsibility and obligations required of third party representatives providing immigration advice.
  • Training on Canadian education opportunities and promotion
    Education agents who wish to learn about study options in Canada may complete an online course. They may also contact the closest embassy, high commission or consulate office to learn of a training opportunity with a Canadian representative or at a conference serving education agents. 
  • Guidelines for participation in Government of Canada education events
    The Government of Canada works with Canadian Provinces and Territories as well as Canadian institutions to promote education opportunities in Canada.  To that end, education events and initiatives are open to “Imagine Education au-in Canada” brand-eligible clients.

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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