FAQ on the Irish Education Agents Course (IEAC)

ICEF Agent Training FAQ on the Irish Education Agents Course (IEAC)

What is the IEAC?

The IEAC is specifically for education agents counselling foreign students who wish to study in Ireland at any level (from elementary to post-graduate) and in any programme.

The course is available online and is delivered free of charge. Agents taking this self-paced course can study one section at a time and progress through the course as it suits them. Once they feel confident with the course material, they can take the IEAC examination that is available online through the IEAC website, at all ICEF events, and at related international education events when advertised. If agents complete the examination successfully, they will be identified by ICEF as an ICG on the ICEF website.

Why should agents take the IEAC?

Ireland is an increasingly attractive study destination and is therefore a natural area of focus for many agents. By taking this course, interested agents will acquire comprehensive knowledge of the study options and credentials available in Ireland in all areas of education and will also be able to provide tips about how to best prepare for living and studying in Ireland to their students. Taking and passing the IEAC exam enables agents to demonstrate knowledge of Irish education and commitment to students and parents, as well as to Irish education institutions.

What recognition do agents receive upon passing the IEAC examination?

Educational agencies with staff who have passed the IEAC will have their names listed on the ICEF Irish Course Graduates (ICGs) list. This does not mean that they will have authorisation, endorsement, or accreditation by the Irish Government or any Irish-based entity or organisation. However, students and institutions will see which agents have made the commitment to taking the Irish Education Agent Course and acquired the knowledge and guidelines it delivers.

What are the minimum system requirements for the IEAC site?

An internet-enabled and connected computer with an up-to-date web browser, Adobe Reader, and a Flash Player installed (PIER recommends using Adobe Flash Player). Minimum system requirements:

  • Windows® Macintosh Linux®
  • Intel® Pentium® II 450MHz or faster processor (or equivalent)
  • PowerPC® G3 500MHz or faster processor
  • Intel Core™ Duo 1.33GHz or faster processor
  • 800MHz or faster processor
  • 512MB of RAM, 128MB of graphics memory
  • Click here for free Adobe Reader download
  • Click here for free Adobe Flash Player download
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