ICEF Agency Status Programme

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ICEF Agency Status (IAS)

Setting the benchmark for professional standards

For 30 years ICEF has been vetting student recruitment agencies to ensure that only the best are accepted to attend our networking events. As a result, our organisation has become synonymous with exceptional agent quality.

In 2010 we formalised our ongoing commitment to professional excellence and launched the ICEF Agency Status (IAS) accreditation programme, acknowledging education agencies who have met ICEF’s strict standards.

To qualify for ICEF Agency Status (IAS), eligible agencies must:

  • Submit details of business background and practices.
  • Provide four references from reputable education institutions.
  • Successfully complete a vetting call with an ICEF Agent Relationship Manager.

First rate agents – reference checked, reviewed and approved

In recognition of their achievement, qualified agencies are entitled to identify themselves as having achieved ICEF Agency Status (IAS). They are awarded an official ICEF ID, consisting of a certificate and IAS badge featuring their own unique QR Code. This code links to a secure digital certificate that shows which agency it belongs to and the expiry date of the certification.

Agents who qualify for the ICEF ID can apply below. The cost of processing your IAS credential is €250.


Quality assurance for education providers, students and families

We have invested in next-generation blockchain technology for the provision and distribution of these digital credentials. Employing OpenCerts technology, developed by the Singapore Government (GovTech), ICEF ID allows you to validate an ICEF Agency Status in just seconds, anywhere.


Agencies that have earned IAS are re-evaluated every year to ensure ongoing compliance with ICEF’s standards. Educators, students and families can easily check the validity of an agency’s accreditation in one of two ways:

  • QR Code – Agencies display their IAS certificate in their office, as well as their own unique and verifiable ”ICEF ID” on their business cards and brochures. Scan the QR code with a smartphone to check the validity
  • IAS Badge Link – Agencies also display their ICEF ID on their website and other online assets. Simply click the badge for further information