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The Canada Course for Education Agents was produced by the Global Affairs Canada (GAC), in cooperation with the Canadian Consortium for International Education (CCIE) and ICEF. It is specifically for education agents counselling students from other countries wishing to study in Canada 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 it can enjoy its self-paced format; they 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 Canada Course examination that is available online through the Canada Course website, at all ICEF workshops, and when advertised at related international education events. If agents complete the examination successfully, they will be identified by ICEF as a Canada Course Graduate on the ICEF website.

Canada is growing in its attractiveness as a study destination and is as such a natural area of focus for many agents. Part of the reason Canada is so popular is because of its commitment to standards within its education sector and its rigorous oversight of the stakeholders within it. Agents who wish to be successful in working with both Canadian education institutions and international students will find success when working with the most knowledge, depth of resources and with a commitment to excellence, a foundation of the systems of education in Canada. Completing the Canada Course is an important component of agents being viewed in a positive light by Canadian institutions and international students.

Educational agencies with staff who have passed the Canada Course examination will have their names listed in the Canada Course Graduate section on the ICEF website. This does not mean they have authorisation, endorsement, or accreditation by the Canadian Government, but it does mean that students and institutions the world over will see which agents have made the commitment to taking the Canada Course and have thus acquired the knowledge and guidelines it delivers.

All education agents should be aware of Citizenship and Immigration Canada Bill C-35.

ICEF connects educators, education agents, work and travel professionals, and industry service providers to key markets and networks worldwide, supporting the growth and development of international education and global student mobility. Through ICEF’s various services, education institutions and agents achieve results and efficiencies in growing international student enrolments. ICEF also offers the IATC, the overall training course for international education agents.

Canadian Consortium for International Education (CCIE) includes the five leading national associations involved in international education. As sector representatives for universities, colleges, K-12, and language education, CCIE is committed to supporting a strategic, coordinated approach to the international marketing efforts of Canadian institutions and key stakeholders.

CCIE includes:

  • Languages Canada
  • Canadian Association of Public Schools International (CAPS-I)
  • Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)
  • Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)
  • Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC)

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