The Canada Course was originally developed by Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada and ICEF, following extensive consultation with institutions and stakeholders in Canada. It was created to support educational agencies in providing the best possible advice to international students planning to study in Canada.
The intent of the Canada Course is to contribute to the professionalism of Canada-focused agents by equipping them with the most accurate and current information about studying in Canada and how to choose a study programme in Canada as a primary destination for education and research.
All education agents should be aware of Citizenship and Immigration Canada Bill C-35.
Course participants who pass this formal test will earn the designation of Canada Course Graduate (CCG) 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 9 000 qualified agents worldwide – a valuable resource for educators looking for expert agencies!
The designation of Canada Course Graduate (CCG) does not require participation at an ICEF Event, nor are the agents vetted or required to provide partner references to complete training and testing.
Information about our recognition programme and Agency screening for ICEF Events can be found here:
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:
- 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).
- 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 and all you need is photo identification (e.g., passport) and a wireless-enabled laptop.
For both testing options, please email email@example.com to reserve your testing slot.
We also strongly recommend taking the self-assessment test (on the Canada Course home page, visible in the right hand column after logging in) before requesting a formal testing opportunity. We encourage only those who pass the self-assessment to attempt the formal test.
In both cases, the charge for the test is CA$350, 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 CCEA more accessible to agencies, the following discounts are available:
The following pricing structure applies when multiple counsellors from the same agency take the CCEA test:
1-3 counsellors tested – regular fee
4-7 counsellors tested – 15% discount
8-15 counsellors tested – 30% discount
20+ and subsequent counsellors tested – 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 CCEA.
To prepare for the formal test, you can take the CCEA self-assessment test, which can be found on the right-hand side of the CCEA homepage once you have logged in. This self-assessment test is identical in structure to the formal CCEA test. Each question has only one correct answer, and all questions are based on the CCEA course 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 event, you will be automatically notified of your (pass/fail) result as soon as you have finished your test; if you have passed, your CCG Certificate and personal CCG 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 CCEA Designation, please try (and pass) the self-assessment test first.
The Canada Course for Education Agents conveniently provided me with a lot of knowledge about Canada, including its education system and its different associations. The course complemented my job perfectly and gave me more confidence. I know that now I am providing the highest quality service to students interested in Canada. I thoroughly recommend this course to other agents.
Natalia Gutierrez, Estudia y Viaja, Spain
I loved participating in the Canada course. We are sending students to Canada in August and the knowledge that I have about Canada after the course has been incredibly useful during the preparations.
Katherine d´Arbeloff, Daher Turismo, Brazil
As a native of Canada I took advantage of the Canada Course for Education Agents to gain a deeper understanding of the differences in the Canadian school system. The CCEA teaches us about Canada; the geography, the different cultures, and also helps us to thoroughly advise students and their parents. Even with my many years of experience with Canadian schools, the Canada Course for Education Agents was a valuable tool for my professional development.
Francoise Dallaire, Dallaire Schüler- und Kulturaustausch Agency, Germany
The CCEA is a very informative programme for the Canadian student recruitment industry. I believe that this programme enhances our information about Canada overall and most importantly its education system. Although I have significant experience working with Canadian institutions, I learnt a number of new aspects about Canadian society, culture and education, which in addition to the information on the education system is very useful when advising students about Canada as a destination to study, live and learn. I recommend to all my colleagues to take advantage of the training resources offered by ICEF and to thus obtain professional information about advising students on education in Canada.
Arafat Shahid, HR Consultants, Pakistan
I can say that the course is a very good one and contains a lot of useful information. I learned many new things and I am sure that I will be using information from the course during my work.
Oksana Kushnirik, Global Dialog, Russia
I believe the CCEA course is a must for every student counselor:
Despite working for years with Canadian Institutions, many have now started asking for the CCEA qualification. Even with vast experience in the Canadian Industry, the CCEA provides extensive new information and details that are very beneficial.
The CCEA grants you competitive advantage over every other agent when it comes to the Canadian Acamemic Industry and pushes you to promote Canada even further, and better.
George Michael Farha, iMaster Intl Academic Consultancy, London
The CCEA offers effective and focussed guidance, and information for education agents, regardless if they are novices or experts. It educates and directs counsellors about the most important fields of questioning from prospective students heading to Canada.
Mohamed El Nagarm, EgyTEFL, Egypt
The CCEA provides perfectly detailed information about Canada, it's geography, economy, and also the benefits students will gain by studying in Canada. I enjoyed the course and it has provided me more confidence and additional knowledge about Canada. I would say every agent working with, or planning on working with Canadian educators should study this course.
Ram Dhakal, Maple International Education, Nepal
Despite of the fact that I have been working in the Canadian Education Industry since 2006 and therefore more familiar with the CCEA’s content, I came across a lot of new information during the preparation for the exam. Canadian Institutions with whom we deal for agreements or partnerships have started asking for the CCEA and I must admit that I have been getting benefit from the certification.
Mustafa Aydin, International Group for Educational Consultancy (IGEC), USA