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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The ICEF US Agent Training Course gives a refreshing current view of the US education system and overseas study market trends for professional counsellors.Jing Liu Beijing New Oriental Vision Overseas Consulting Co., China
By completing the ICEF Agent Training Course certification, I aimed to enhance my knowledge and skills in this area, thereby increasing my credibility as a recruitment agent.Alice Gibron Temu Top Education Consulting Ltd, Tanzania
The certifications and training programs offered by ICEF have been critically important in the development of our staff, and in strengthening our reputation of quality amongst our peers and customers.Alejandro Gómez Travelearners Estudios en el Exterior, Colombia