US Agent Training Course (USATC)

Unlock the complexities of the world's most popular study destination with this comprehensive course exploring student recruitment for the US market.
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ABOUT THE COURSE Maximise your US student recruitment.

The US Agent Training Course (USATC), 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. The USATC equips you with a firm foundation in the benefits and structure of the US education system, and offers resources to help you steer international students to the most appropriate institutions to meet their goals.


Course overview

  • What The USATC 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 USATC helps you prepare for the industry-recognised USATC certification exam.
  • Who This course is ideal for education agents seeking to specialise in US 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:

  • How and why the US is the world’s top study destination.

  • The study options and qualifications available in the US, at all levels.

  • The knowledge and skills needed to work effectively with US institutions.

  • Helping students prepare for living and studying in the US.

  • Guiding students to their ideal US study experience.

Why study the USATC?

The course builds your specialist knowledge of the world’s most competitive international study destination. Developed by ICEF, and  harnessing 30 years of international education expertise, the USATC is ideal for new counsellors entering the sector, those wishing to gain a competitive edge in US student recruitment, and for any international education professionals looking to expand their knowledge of a complex education system.

Why take the exam?

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

The USATC 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 US Course Graduate (USCG) certificate.

Check if you are eligible to take the exam.

There are no specific pre-requisites for taking the USATC, 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.

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

The charge for the USATC 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 USATC.

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