ICEF's new Irish Education Agent Course (IEAC) is designed for educational agencies committed to:
- Operating according to the highest standards in providing guidance to international students planning to study in Ireland.
- Working effectively and ethically within the framework of the Irish education and immigration systems.
The course involved extensive consultation with institutions and stakeholders in Ireland. An international advisory board comprising Irish associations, organisations (and government entities tbd) as well as agents from different parts of the world reviewed and gave input to the final course material. We thank all who assisted us in the interests of ensuring that agents have access to the most accurate and current information possible when they are advising students about Irish education providers, programmes, visa requirements, work regulations, and culture.
Agents who study the IEAC and decide to pass its exam will be demonstrating their dedication to professional and ethical conduct, and they will be in a better position from which to help international students make wise choices about study in Ireland – choices that will lead to fulfilling and successful experiences in Irish schools.
Taking the agent training exam will also enable you to work more effectively with Irish education institutions. Course participants who pass this formal test will earn the designation of "Irish Course Graduate (ICG)" and will have their name, photo and company details including website listed on icef.com.
In a further recognition of this professional standing, all graduates will also be included in the Qualified Education Agents App (QEA) for smartphones produced by ICEF and PIER containing the names of over 8 000 qualified agents worldwide – a valuable resource for educators looking for expert agencies!
The formal test is online and comprises of 42 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:
- At an ICEF Workshop (see IEAC Test Schedule on the left tab menu). If you are planning to attend a workshop, please send us an email to reserve your place as soon as possible. You do not necessarily need to be registered for an ICEF Workshop to take the test; you may come just for the test and all you need is photo identification (e.g., passport) and a wireless-enabled laptop.
- 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; please download here).For both options, please email email@example.com to reserve your testing slot.
In both cases, the charge for the test is €250, which allows you to have 3 attempts. Meaning if you do not pass on your first attempt, you still have 2 more chances to become qualified.
In an effort to make the IEAC more accessible to agencies, the following discounts are available:
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
Over 10 counsellors - 50% discount
For approved educational agency associations:
In order to support an organized and responsible sector, a special discount will be made to members of educational agency associations that enter into an agreement with IEAC.
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%. Until you have reached a good result on the self-assessment, please keep practising.
If you are taking the test either online or at an ICEF Workshop, you will be automatically notified of your (pass/fail) result as soon as you have finished your test; if you have passed, your ICG Certificate and personal ICG Nr will be emailed to you instantly.
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. If you wish to take the formal test and receive the ICG designation, please try (and pass) the self-assessment test.