ICEF Agent Training Course (IATC)

Free to study
Certified counsellors

The ICEF Agent Training Course (IATC) is designed to support excellence and improved professional standards in international education.

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

About this course



The IATC 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 IATC exam. Successful graduates receive a badge with a unique ID number and a certificate confirming them as an ICEF Trained Agent Counsellor (ITAC), with the recognition of being a qualified consultant for the international education industry.

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 ITAC Finder.

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 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

Practical Information

Study for the IATC is free and is delivered in a self-paced modular format.

The charge for the IATC test is €250. This fee allows for up to three attempts at the final test if required.

Discounts are available for multiple bookings for counsellors within the same agency.

Examinations for the IATC are conducted online, at ICEF events, and at related international education events as advertised. After the test, you will be automatically notified of your result as soon as you have finished. Participants who complete the IATC assessment successfully will be issued with a certificate, confirming them as ICEF Trained Agent Counsellors (ITAC).

Testing is not mandatory. You can also study the course for your personal enrichment and professional knowledge. There is also no time frame in which you must take the test after completing the online material.

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 those who have English as a second language.

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

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