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

sti-logo-smallIECA 2024 Summer Training Institute

July 22-26 (Virtual)



Download our 2024 Preliminary Schedule, and our STI Flyer for more information. Please see registration cost and additional details below.

The five-day virtual 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. It is open to both IECA members and non-members.

The IECA Summer Training Institute involves dozens of IECA faculty and 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, K-12 school consulting, graduate school consulting, and therapeutic consulting (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 faculty from around the world. 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.


$1,195 ($995 for IECA Professional and Associate Members)

The fee includes all materials provided electronically, as well as a large notebook that will be mailed to you 2 weeks prior to the Institute for your use both during the program and long after.

You must submit a $250 deposit with your application using a credit card in the online application system. If your application is approved, you will receive an email with directions to pay the remaining balance due via our online payment system or via a mailed check. If your application is not approved, you will receive a full refund of the $250 deposit.

If you plan to apply for IECA Associate or Professional membership or have a membership application currently pending, you should apply for the Institute now to ensure a space is available for you. If you become an IECA Associate or Professional member prior to the start of the Institute, you will receive the Institute’s discounted member rate of $995. If you have already paid in full at that time, the $200 difference will be refunded or applied to your annual membership dues.

Cancellation & Refund Policy: Please note that IECA must receive written notification of cancellation to: [email protected]. Cancellations received by May 31 will receive a refund of the registration fee paid to date, minus a $35 administrative fee. Cancellations received from June 1 to June 30 will receive a refund of the registration fee paid to date, minus a $200 administrative fee (a portion of our direct administrative costs). Cancellations received after June 30 will not receive a refund.

Feedback from our virtual 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.”