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Canada Course for Education Agents

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Canada Course?

The Canada Course for Education Agents was produced by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, in cooperation with CCIE, ICEF and PIER. It is specifically for education agents counselling students from other countries wishing to study in Canada at any level (from elementary to post-graduate) and in any program (including language programs).

The course is available online and is delivered free of charge. Agents taking it can enjoy its self-paced format; they can study one section at a time and progress through the course as it suits them. Once they feel confident with course material, they can take the Canada Course examination that will be available as advertised at future ICEF conferences or a related international education event. If they complete the examination successfully, they will be identified by ICEF in an online listing of agents who have successfully completed the course and examination.

Why should agents take the Canada Course?

Canada is only growing in its attractiveness as a study destination and is as such a natural area of focus for many agents. Part of the reason Canada is so popular is because of its commitment to standards within its education sector and its rigorous oversight of the stakeholders within it. Agents who wish to be successful in working with both Canadian education institutions and international students will be find success when working with the most knowledge, depth of resources and with a commitment to excellence, a foundation of the systems of education in Canada. Completing the Canada Course is an important component of agents being viewed in a positive light by Canadian institutions and international students.

What recognition do agents receive upon passing the Canada Course examination?

Educational agencies with staff who have passed the Canada Course examination will have their names posted on the ICEF website identifying that they have successfully passed the course examination. This does not mean they have authorization, endorsement, or accreditation by the Canadian government, but it does mean that students and institutions the world over will see which agents have made the commitment to taking the Canada Course and thus acquired the knowledge and guidelines it delivers.

All education agents should be aware of Citizenship and Immigration Canada Bill C-35.

With which organizations has the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, cooperated in delivering the Canada Course?

  • ICEF connects educators, education agents, work and travel professionals, and industry service providers to key markets and networks worldwide, supporting the growth and development of international education and global student mobility. Through ICEF’s various services, education institutions and agents achieve results and efficiencies in growing international student enrolments. ICEF also offers the IATC, the overall training course for international education agents.
  • Professional International Education Resources (PIER) is a web-based portal providing information and training to individuals involved in international education. It consists of a substantial database of resources and news, and the PIER training courses. PIER links to relevant websites across the field of international education globally.
  • The Canadian Consortium for International Education (CCIE) includes the five leading national associations involved in international education. As sector representatives for universities, colleges, K-12, and language education, CCIE is committed to supporting a strategic, coordinated approach to the international marketing efforts of Canadian institutions and key stakeholders.

CCIE includes:

  • Languages Canada
  • Canadian Association of Public Schools International (CAPS-I)
  • Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)
  • Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)
  • Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC)

What system requirements does the Canada Course require?

An Internet-enabled and connected computer with an up-to-date web browser, Adobe Reader, and a Flash Player program installed (PIER recommends using Adobe Flash Player).

Minimum system requirements:

  • Windows® Macintosh Linux®
  • Intel® Pentium® II 450MHz or faster processor (or equivalent)
  • PowerPC® G3 500MHz or faster processor
  • Intel Core™ Duo 1.33GHz or faster processor
  • 800MHz or faster processor
  • 512MB of RAM, 128MB of graphics memory
  • Download free Adobe Reader
  • Download free Adobe Flash Player 

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