ICEF launches US agent training course

08 June, 2015

ICEF has launched the US Agent Training Course (USATC), designed for agents and counsellors to increase knowledge on study options, credits and visa issues for the world’s most popular study abroad destination.

The new ICEF US Agent Training Course

The USATC was developed over the course of a year with the input of an international advisory board of key educational bodies, including the US government and agents from around the world.

The course covers subjects including: study options, credentials available and levels of education; educational pathways; the way in which educational credits and applications and assessed and evaluated; student visas and work options; and preparation for living in the US.

Markus Badde, CEO of ICEF, said, “We created the USATC in the context of our organisational commitment to ensuring that students and education institutions have access to qualified agents who have proven their knowledge of the market, its legal framework and the educational opportunities it offers students.

“The USATC will allow agents and counsellors to represent US institutions with confidence and accuracy, and to guide different kinds of students to the study experience that best meets their needs.”

The online course is available free of charge. Agents can take the corresponding non-obligatory examination, and those that pass will receive the status of US Course Graduate (USCG) and be recognised by a posting on ICEF’s website. A charge will apply to take the exam.

Ayman Abdelhafez of Sindibad Education Consultancy in Saudi Arabia was one of the first two agents to successfully pass the examination as part of a pilot group of agents. He said, “Both new and experienced agents will definitely benefit from USATC’s comprehensive training. My agency places a lot of importance on training, knowledge and providing the best service to our students and partners. I am excited about the new opportunities being a US Course Graduate will give me.”

EnglishUSA was part of the advisory board on the programme, and Ann Aldrich, Interim Executive Director, said, “We were pleased to be able to provide information about the role of intensive English programmes for the USATC and we are glad to see the first graduates complete the course.”

Gabriela Zelaya, Deputy Team Leader for the U.S. Commercial Service (Global Education Team and Study California liaison), said, “I am excited to see more and different types of training and testing offered to increase an understanding of the United States education system for overseas recruitment agencies. A better understanding will pave the way for successful partnerships and increased international student recruitment to the United States.”

The USATC is the latest agent training programme for ICEF, adding to the Canada Course for Education Agents (CCEA), the China Education Agent Course (CEAC) – launched in partnership with agency association Bossa last year – and the ICEF Agent Training Course (IATC).

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