ICEF Irish Education Agents Course (IEAC)

This course supports professional development for agents specialising in Ireland as a study destination.

ICEF Agent Training ICEF Irish Education Agents Course (IEAC)

About this course

Welcome to the Irish Education Agent Course, created and developed by ICEF. The IEAC is the first of its kind and supports professional development for agents specialising in Ireland as a study destination.

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

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.

The IEAC provides:

  • Accurate and up-to-date information about education in Ireland
  • Comprehensive knowledge relating to the study options and credentials available in Ireland, in all areas and levels of education
  • Tips on how to best prepare students for living and studying in Ireland
  • The knowledge and skills to work effectively with Irish institutions
  • The ability to provide students and their families with specialised advice

For information on the rules and processes of specific education institutions in Ireland, agents should conduct their own research and make direct contact. The IEAC includes a helpful list of resources at the end of each section for the agent’s personal use.

This course is divided into several sections:

  • About Ireland
  • The Irish education system
  • Secondary Schooling in Ireland
  • English language learning
  • Institutes of Technology
  • Universities
  • Internships
  • The Higher Education environment
  • Living In Ireland
  • Student Visas
  • Working in Ireland
  • Promoting Ireland


Education agents who wish to further their professional development and focus on Ireland as a study destination should take the IEAC. While they will not be officially accredited or endorsed by the Irish Government as a result of passing the IEAC exam, agents will have their name and company details published on the Irish Course Graduate list.

Agents will also have their name and company details published on the ICG Finder and in the Qualified Education Agents (QEA) app for smartphones, containing the names of more than 10 000 qualified agents worldwide.

Information about our recognition programme and agency screening for ICEF events can be found here:

Agent Quality and Screening
ICEF Agency Recognition Programme


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

The formal test consists of 50 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 two ways to take the test:

1) At an ICEF event. If you are planning to attend an event, please send us an email to reserve your place as soon as possible. You do not necessarily need to be registered for an ICEF event to take the test; you may come just for the test. All you need is photo identification (e.g., your passport) and a wireless-enabled laptop.

2) Online from the comfort of your home or office at a time convenient for you. All you need is an Internet-enabled computer with a webcam and an Adobe Flash Player.

For both options, please email to reserve your testing slot.

To prepare for the formal test, you can take the IEAC self-assessment test, which can be found on the right-hand side of the IEAC homepage once you have logged in. This self-assessment test is identical in structure to the formal IEAC test. Each question has only one correct answer, and all questions are based on the IEAC content. At the end of the self-assessment, you will receive your result. We encourage only those who pass the self-assessment to attempt the formal test. The pass mark is 80%.

Testing is not mandatory. You can also study the course for your personal enrichment and professional knowledge. There is also no time frame in which you must take the test after completing the online material.


The IEAC is free of charge and is delivered in a self-paced modular format. All courses have extensive study materials available. You can purchase the course eBook for €25 – which is a useful resource for counsellors.

The charge for the test is €250. This fee includes three attempts at the final test if required.

For agencies:

The following pricing structure applies when multiple counsellors from the same agency take the IEAC test:
2 counsellors tested - 10% discount
3 counsellors tested - 15% discount
4 counsellors tested - 20% discount
5 and subsequent counsellors tested - 25% discount
More than 10 counsellors - 50% discount

For approved educational agency associations:

In order to support an organised and responsible sector, a special discount will be made to members of educational agency associations that enter into an agreement with IEAC.


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 Irish 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.

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