If you do not wish to wait until 1 July, 2016 you may obtain information about the SSVF changes in the Australian Student Visa Program Training Course (ASVP) here.
The ASVP content will be incorporated into the EATC on 1 July, 2016.
Education Agent Training Course
Welcome to the EATC
The Education Agent Training Course (EATC) is a free, online, self-paced, industry-recommended course that provides education agents with information about the Australian education system and Australia as a study destination. The course material is also a resource to help agents remain aware of changes and developments in international education.
Australian Education International (AEI) and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) provided support in the development of the EATC.
Education agents can become Qualified Education Agent Counsellors (QEACs) and be listed in the QEAC database. Becoming a qualified counsellor helps demonstrate your professionalism to prospective students, their parents and educational institutions. Many Australian education institutions require their agents to have the QEAC qualification before considering engaging their services. There are currently more than 4,300 QEACs worldwide, recruiting international students for Australia.
To become a QEAC, an agent needs to successfully complete the Certification Exam of the Education Agent Training Course.
The course material is found at the top right of this page.
The Education Agent Training Course covers four areas relevant to education counsellors specialising in Australia as an education destination:
- Australia, the AQF and Career Trends
- Legislation and Regulations
- Working Effectively in International Education
- Professional Standards and Ethics
Once you have finished working through the material in each unit, you should undertake the self-assessment questions corresponding to each unit. These questions are similar to those that you will face in the Certification Exam.
PIER estimates that at a very minimum, it will take all test candidates a minimum of fifty (50) hours to study the Education Agent Training Course (EATC).
PIER strongly recommends, regardless of your past experience in being an education agent for Australia, that you spend a more than adequate amount of time preparing in the EATC learning materials and that you visit all of the external websites that are referenced throughout the course.
The EATC is continuously updated with information about international education in Australia. It is an excellent resource and training tool both for individuals wishing to enter the international education industry as agents or existing agents simply looking for updated information about the industry.