US Agent Training Course (USATC)

Free to study
Certified counsellors

The US Agent Training Course, created and developed by ICEF, is the first of its kind and supports professional development for agents specialising in the USA as a study destination.

Agents who take the USATC will acquire a firm foundation in the benefits and organisation of the US education system. Agents will also gain access to resources that help international students study in the US at the most appropriate institutions and in programmes that best meet their goals.




The USATC provides:

  • An understanding of the reasons why the US is the world’s top study destination
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the study options and credentials available in the US, in all areas and levels of education
  • Tips on how to best prepare students for living and studying in the US
  • The knowledge and skills to work effectively with US institutions
  • The ability to provide students and their families with specialised advice


Education agents who wish to further their professional development and focus on the USA as a study destination should take the USATC. While they will not be officially accredited or endorsed by the US Government as a result of passing the USATC exam, agents will receive a certificate confirming them as US Course Graduates (USCG) and recognising them internationally as qualified USA consultants for the international education industry.

Successful candidates will have their name, photo and company details including their website published on the US Course Graduate (USCG) Finder.

All US Course Graduates will also be included in the Qualified Education Agents (QEA) app for smartphones produced by ICEF and PIER. This contains the names of more than 10 000 qualified agents worldwide – a valuable resource for educators looking to connect with expert agencies!



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


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

The charge for the USATC test is US$350. 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.

USATC examinations are conveniently offered online, at ICEF events, and at related international education events as advertised. Education agents who pass the USATC examination will receive a notification indicating that they have successfully passed.

The formal test consists of 42 online multiple-choice questions to be answered in 80 minutes. During the test, candidates will have access to online and offline resources. 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.

There are no qualifications or specific language requirements for the USATC. However, English proficiency equivalent to an IELTS score of 5.0 (or TOEFL PBT 500/TOEFL iBT 61) is advisable for candidates with English as a second language.

The designation of US Course Graduate (USCG) does not require participation at an ICEF event, nor are the agents vetted or required to provide partner references to complete training and testing.