www.icef.com
The Australia New Zealand Agent Workshop
April 6 - 8, 2014
The ICEF Agent Training Course (IATC)
Markus Badde...
ICEF Agent Training Course (IATC)
• Purpose of the IATC
• Development and status
• Content
• Who can take the course?
• Pr...
• A practical training course for agency student counsellors
• Delivered online and free of charge in a self-paced format
...
IATC Course Development & Status
www.icef.com
• Developed with the input of 769 agents in 113 countries and 437
education ...
• The Context of International Education
• People in International Education
• Promoting International Education
www.icef....
Structure of IATC Course Units
• Each Course Unit (A) is divided into Lessons (A1)
• Each Lesson is divided into Pages (A1...
Unit A: The Context of
International Education
Five Lessons, 21 Pages in total
• Main Destination Countries
• Education Sy...
Unit B: People in international
Education
Four Lessons, 8 Pages in total
• People in International Education
• Student Cli...
Unit C: Promoting International
Education
Three Lessons, 7 Pages in total
• Working Effectively
• Marketing Information
• ...
IATC Lessons
www.icef.com
• Each Lesson starts with an overview of its content
• “Focus Questions“ at the beginning of eac...
IATC Pages
www.icef.com
• Pages provide the learning material
• “Extension Questions“ assist in applying the knowledge gai...
Who can take this course?
www.icef.com
• New agency staff members: the IATC is an excellent training tool for
new student ...
IATC Practical Information
www.icef.com
• Delivered online in a self-paced modular format
(approx. 50 hours of study are r...
Recognition of ICEF Trained Agent
Counsellors (ITACs)
www.icef.com
ICEF Trained Agent Counsellors
(ITACs) receive an ICEF ...
ITAC and Agency Profiles
www.icef.com
Name
Agency Name
Website
ITAC Number
Agency Profile
Thank you!
www.icef.com
• See www.icef.com for more detailed information
• Please leave your card if you want a copy of th...
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The ICEF Agent Training Course (IATC) is a practical, professional training course for education agency-based student counsellors which helps improve and professionalise agency counsellor practices. It was developed by ICEF and with the input of 769 agents in 113 countries and 437 education institutions in 78 countries.

The course is available online and free of charge to agency student counsellors in a self-paced modular format. To date, over 6577 student counsellors are studying the course and 590 (in 90 countries) have already successfully passed the test. After taking the training course, agents have the possibility to sit an official assessment online from their office or home and also at all ICEF Workshops. Participants who complete the IATC assessment successfully will be issued a certificate, certifying them as ICEF Trained Agent Counsellors (ITAC). Agencies with at least one ITAC on their staff are featured in an agency locator at www.icef.com/agent-training/itacfinder.html.

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An Overview of the ICEF Agent Training Course (IATC)

  1. 1. www.icef.com The Australia New Zealand Agent Workshop April 6 - 8, 2014 The ICEF Agent Training Course (IATC) Markus Badde CEO, ICEF
  2. 2. ICEF Agent Training Course (IATC) • Purpose of the IATC • Development and status • Content • Who can take the course? • Practical information and benefits for ITAC’s and their agencies www.icef.com Agenda
  3. 3. • A practical training course for agency student counsellors • Delivered online and free of charge in a self-paced format • Course objectives: to support excellence and professional standards in international education • Providing student counsellors with essential skills and knowledge for working in international education, i.e. - An understanding of the international education market and the main student destination countries - The functional dynamics of dealing with students, education institutions and government - The skills and research parameters to analyse destination countries and their education products and processes www.icef.com The ICEF Agent Training Course (IATC)
  4. 4. IATC Course Development & Status www.icef.com • Developed with the input of 769 agents in 113 countries and 437 education institutions in 78 countries • An international advisory board reviewed and gave input to final course material (30 agent / educator members in 19 countries) • Enthusiastic reaction worldwide since launch in 2010, especially from agents wishing to take the course • To date, over 6577 student counsellors are studying the course and 590 (in 90 countries) have already successfully passed the test
  5. 5. • The Context of International Education • People in International Education • Promoting International Education www.icef.com IATC Content – Three Course Units
  6. 6. Structure of IATC Course Units • Each Course Unit (A) is divided into Lessons (A1) • Each Lesson is divided into Pages (A1.1) • The course contains 12 Lessons (36 Pages in total) www.icef.com
  7. 7. Unit A: The Context of International Education Five Lessons, 21 Pages in total • Main Destination Countries • Education Systems • Regulatory Systems • Legal Requirements • Student Visas www.icef.com
  8. 8. Unit B: People in international Education Four Lessons, 8 Pages in total • People in International Education • Student Client Management • Student Care Issues • Student Documents www.icef.com
  9. 9. Unit C: Promoting International Education Three Lessons, 7 Pages in total • Working Effectively • Marketing Information • Ethics www.icef.com
  10. 10. IATC Lessons www.icef.com • Each Lesson starts with an overview of its content • “Focus Questions“ at the beginning of each Lesson prepare the student for the information contained in it
  11. 11. IATC Pages www.icef.com • Pages provide the learning material • “Extension Questions“ assist in applying the knowledge gained • “Activities“ at the end of each Page are learning tools
  12. 12. Who can take this course? www.icef.com • New agency staff members: the IATC is an excellent training tool for new student counsellors at agencies • Practising student counsellors: the IATC provides further credibility and up-to-date information about international education principles and processes • Agency managers / owners are also welcome to take the course • Educators interested in understanding the fundamental principles of a working agent relationship • An English proficiency equivalent to an IELTS score of 5.0 (or TOEFL PBT 500 / TOEFL iBT 61) is advisable
  13. 13. IATC Practical Information www.icef.com • Delivered online in a self-paced modular format (approx. 50 hours of study are recommended) • Course is free of charge, formal exam costs €250 (this includes three attempts) • Worldwide testing at all ICEF Workshops, plus ability to do ‘online’ at any time with a webcam • Test format: 50 multiple choice questions in 80 minutes (destination country information not tested) • Candidates with minimum of 80% correct answers pass the test • Highly recommended to do (and pass!) the Self- Assessment before requesting a testing opportunity • Candidates successfully passing the exam will receive a Certificate and obtain the status of “ICEF Trained Agent Counsellor“ (ITAC)
  14. 14. Recognition of ICEF Trained Agent Counsellors (ITACs) www.icef.com ICEF Trained Agent Counsellors (ITACs) receive an ICEF Certificate A recognised distinction of quality and professionalism, providing further industry credibility to counsellors and their agencies Their name, ITAC #, agency profile & contact information are featured in an online listing on www.icef.com Graduates can also be found on the ITAC Finder (Google map, find an agency by location)
  15. 15. ITAC and Agency Profiles www.icef.com Name Agency Name Website ITAC Number Agency Profile
  16. 16. Thank you! www.icef.com • See www.icef.com for more detailed information • Please leave your card if you want a copy of this presentation – also available on myicef after the Workshop • Questions regarding IATC? please email: training@icef.com
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