This five-day Institute is designed for newer educational consultants and for those who are considering becoming an IEC.

sti-logo-smallIECA Summer Training Institute

July 24–28, 2023
Registration will open in January 2023

We are excited to continue to embrace the breadth and depth of the training we can provide virtually to new and prospective IECs, involving dozens of IECA faculty and reaching vibrant and engaged participants from around the world.

The five-day Summer Training Institute is designed for those who are in the early stages of working as an independent educational consultant (IEC), and for those who are considering becoming an IEC. Whether you are just beginning to think about joining the profession or have been in business for a year or two and seeing clients on a limited basis, the IECA Summer Institute will help to set you up for success as you learn more about managing and promoting a business, working effectively with students and families, building a knowledge of the wide range of options available to students, and establishing a professional, competent, and ethical practice.

The IECA Summer Training Institute includes a wide variety of interactive sessions to assist you in becoming an efficient and effective independent educational consultant (IEC). Topics explore issues relevant for all new IECs, such as marketing, communications, liability, ethics, and business planning. The institute also offers electives that dive deeper into the various specialty areas: college consulting, school consulting (K-12 day/boarding schools), and therapeutic consulting (therapeutic schools/treatment centers for students with mental health, emotional, and/or behavioral issues). Participants will receive all materials for all sessions, regardless of which electives you may choose to attend.

The week consists of both large group sessions and small group discussions, along with many opportunities to network and connect with other participants and the faculty. We also provide time for you to gather informally in small discussion groups during the week so you will have the opportunity to meet and video chat with others, including those close to you regionally.


Feedback from our virtual 2022 STI participants

“As a seasoned admission professional with experience both on the college and high school side as a college counselor, I was hesitant to attend STI doubting I would learn much. Just a few hours in, I was blown away! My notebook is full, my brain is on overdrive, and I still have presentations to watch, re-watch, and so much more to learn! Thank you for an incredible experience and showing me once more that there is always something new to learn in this field.”

“I learned so much from each one of these presenters and their presentations. The presenters spoke in ways I could grasp and understand the content; I could envision myself utilizing the information. I am thankful to have slides and handouts for follow-up reminders of the presentation content.”

“The whole program was well worth the time and money!”

“The generosity of the knowledge shared and the resources provided were way beyond expectations!”

“My knowledge has exponentially increased, and I am so much more confident to be guiding students and families through the many facets of college admissions.”

“I expected to learn a lot this week, but you did outstrip my expectations. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve been going back to sessions and listening to them again and going over handouts. I feel motivated and excited about the community I will find as an IEC, something I did not expect at all. Truly an excellent program.”

“Thank you for the hard work behind the scenes that goes into an excellent training institute. IECA is clearly an organization of great integrity and sincere passion for its purpose. I’m proud to have participated in STI.”