NOTE: the content on the Canada Course for Education Agents has moved to the International Education Portal.
Students considering study in Canada are always encouraged to contact representatives of Canadian schools and apply directly to the institution(s) of their choice. However, we do recognize that in some countries there is a practice of working with an education consultant or agent. The following information is intended to inform students and families choosing Canada for study and research as well as those education agents who are promoting study in Canada.
Canada does not have a collective policy on education agents, there is not an accreditation system and the Government of Canada does not specifically endorse any particular agent providing education information. The value of education agents is recognized in providing current, accurate information on all education opportunities in the best interest of a student when they are making their decision to study in Canada. The Government of Canada advocates ethical practices and professionalism for all agents advising students about education opportunities.
Recognizing that Education Agents/Consultants are an important component in the mobility of international students, the Government of Canada provides the following tools to support quality services in education advising:
When providing information to a student who wishes to study in Canada it is critical that education agents are aware of the most comprehensive resources and accurate information available. Ensure your professional development by successfully completing the Canada Course for Education Agents, developed by the Government of Canada (Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada). Note: Completion of this course does not constitute accreditation or authorization by provincial/territorial ministries and departments of education nor by the Government of Canada.
NOTE: Completion of the exam after taking the course does not provide authorization, endorsement or accreditation. By successfully completing the exam, successful candidates are listed on the Canada Course Graduates list on the ICEF website, providing audiences (globally) with a resource of those agents who would have comprehensive information on Canada.