China Education Agent Course (CEAC)

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Free to study
Certified counsellors

The China Education Agent Course (CEAC) is a professional, online training course in Chinese offered by ICEF in partnership with BOSSA, a government-supported industry association of member educational agencies.

The CEAC is designed to support excellence and professional standards in international education. It is aimed at Chinese agency-based study abroad advisers and student counsellors.

About this course



The CEAC covers three areas:

  • The context of international education: Destination countries, education systems, legal requirements, and visas
  • The people in international education: Students, education institutions’ personnel, and immigration authorities
  • Promoting international education: Working effectively, marketing, and ethics


An official qualification is available to all candidates who complete the course and pass the CEAC exam. Successful graduates receive a badge with a unique ID number and a certificate from both ICEF and BOSSA confirming them as a China ICEF Trained Agent Counsellor (CITAC), with the recognition of being a qualified consultant for the international education industry. Related testing and assessment sessions are organised by BOSSA.

As well as this, all qualified agents will have their name, badge with unique ID number, photo, company profile and contact details including website featured on the CITAC Finder and BOSSA site.

Graduates are also entered in the Qualified Education Agents (QEA) smartphone app for iOS and Android produced by ICEF and PIER. This app contains the names and company contact details of more than 10,000 qualified agents worldwide and includes location-based features and search functions – a most valuable resource for educators looking to connect with expert agencies!


Who is this course for

  • New entrants: individuals wishing to enter the international education industry as student counsellors
  • New student counsellors: the CEAC is an excellent training tool for new staff members at agencies
  • Practising student counsellors: the CEAC provides up-to-date information about international education principles and processes

Practical Information

Please contact BOSSA at for all pricing information.

To schedule a testing option, please email to reserve your testing slot. Once you have registered for the course and test, you have one year in which to sit the formal exam.

The final test comprises 50 online multiple-choice questions to be answered in 90 minutes. During the test, candidates will have access to online and offline resources. They will not be tested on individual country information/regulations, only on all the other sections of the CEAC. Candidates may use personal notes or information presented online from the course content during the test, but they will not be allowed to phone anyone or ask other people for assistance.

The designation of China ICEF Trained Agent Counsellor (CITAC) does not require participation at an ICEF event, nor are agents vetted or required to provide partner references to complete training and testing.

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