ICEF Agent Training Course (IATC)

Learn the fundamentals of international education, develop your counselling skills, and understand how to maximise student recruitment opportunities.
2165 Certified Graduates
20+ Hours of content
ABOUT THE COURSE Access the global education landscape.

International student recruitment is a complex business, but for education counsellors who understand their craft, the opportunities are vast – for counsellor and student alike. This international student agent course delves deep into the foundations of the industry, and helps both new and more established agents hone their skills and develop their knowledge in this constantly evolving sector.

The ICEF Agent Training Course (IATC) is a comprehensive professional training programme for agency-based education counsellors. Developed in consultation with leading experts in the sector, the IATC equips you with an in-depth view of the international education landscape, the skills to work successfully with educators and institutions, and the knowledge to guide students through their study abroad experience.


Course overview

  • What The IATC is a modular, self-paced course with practice tests, that you can complete in 6 weeks with 3 hours of study per week.
  • Why The IATC is a foundational course that helps you prepare for the industry-recognised ITAC certification exam.
  • Who This course is ideal for both new and experienced education counsellors and agents seeking to update their industry knowledge.

Become a globally recognised expert

  • Prepare Take a comprehensive course and practice tests associated with the exam.
  • Book Purchase the exam and upload your official ID for verification by our team.
  • Get Certified Answer 80% of questions correctly in the exam to earn your certification.


When you take this course you’ll learn all about:

  • The context of international education, including destination countries, education systems, legal requirements and visa information.

  • The people in international education such as students, educators, institutions' stakeholders, and relevant government entities.

  • Working in international education, including effective practices, ethics, marketing and recruitment.

Why study the IATC?

In taking this course, you will gain an essential understanding of the fundamentals of international student recruitment. Created in collaboration with leading industry experts to ensure content is comprehensive and current, it is ideal for new education counsellors, and anybody in the industry wishing to update their knowledge.

Why take the exam?

An official qualification is available to all candidates who complete the course and pass the IATC exam. Successful graduates will receive a qualification badge with a unique ID number and a certificate confirming them as a ICEF Trained Agent Counsellor (ITAC), with the recognition of being an ICEF-qualified consultant for the international education industry. Graduates are also entered in the Qualified Education Agents (QEA) network, containing the names and company contact details of more than 16,000 qualified agents worldwide. ICEF-trained agents are sought after by education institutions worldwide.

Pass the IATC exam to receive the ICEF Agent Training Course (IATC) Certificate.

The IATC exam can be taken online or in person at some ICEF events.

You will be notified of your results within 5 working days if taking the exam online. If taken in person, results are available immediately upon completion.

Successful participants will receive the ICEF Trained Agent Counsellor (ITAC) certificate.

Check if you are eligible to take the exam.

There are no specific pre-requisites for taking the IATC, however minimum English language proficiency of IELTS 5.0/TOEFL PBT 500/TOEL iBT 61 is advised.

Participation in ICEF events is not required to take the course.

Book your exam.

Studying the IATC is free, and delivered in a modular, self-paced format.

To receive the IATC certification you will be required to take the final exam (€295). The exam fee includes up to 3 attempts (if required).

Discounts are available for multiple bookings for counsellors within the same agency or to members of educational agency associations that enter into an agreement with IATC.

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