Ireland Education Agent Course (IEAC)

Understand student recruitment opportunities within the Ireland education market, and discover how to work with stakeholders and institutions in Ireland.
191 Certified Graduates
20+ Hours of content
ABOUT THE COURSE Harness increasing demand for education in Ireland.

Ireland is highly regarded for the quality of its education opportunities, but until recently it has been a relatively well-kept secret when it comes to international student recruitment. However, since 2019 applications to Irish institutions from EU students alone have increased by 56%. And the numbers continue to grow.

The Ireland Education Agent Course (IEAC), created and developed by ICEF, is the first of its kind and supports professional development for agents who wish to specialise in Ireland as a study destination.

To ensure that agents have access to the most accurate and current information possible, this course was developed following extensive consultation with institutions and various stakeholders in Ireland, including organisations, associations, and government entities.​


Course overview

  • What The IEAC is a modular, self-paced course with practice tests, that you can complete in 6 weeks with 3 hours of study per week.
  • Why Taking the IEAC helps you prepare for the industry-recognised IEAC certification exam.
  • Who This course is ideal for education agents seeking to specialise in Ireland as a study abroad destination.

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 Irish education system.

  • Study options and qualifications available in Ireland, at all levels.

  • Working most effectively with Irish institutions.

  • Helping students prepare for living and studying in Ireland.

  • Guiding students to their ideal Irish study experience.

Why study the IEAC?

Education agents who wish to further their professional development and focus on Ireland as a study destination should take the IEAC. It will enable them to understand student recruitment opportunities within the Ireland education market, and discover how to work with stakeholders and institutions in Ireland.

Why take the exam?

An official qualification is available to all candidates who complete the course and pass the IEAC exam. Successful graduates will receive a qualification badge with a unique ID number and a certificate confirming them as an Ireland Course Graduate (ICG), with the recognition of being an ICEF-qualified Ireland 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 IEAC exam to receive the Ireland Education Agent Course (IEAC) Certificate.

The IEAC 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 Ireland Course Graduate (ICG) certificate.

Check if you are eligible to take the exam.

There are no qualifications or specific language requirements for the IEAC. 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 Ireland Course Graduate (ICG) does not require participation at an ICEF event, nor are the agents vetted or required to provide partner references to complete training and testing.

Book your exam.

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

The charge for the IEAC test is €295. 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 or to members of educational agency associations that enter into an agreement with ICEF.

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