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 2021 IECA-SI participants

“I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed and learned during IECA Summer Training Institute. It was worth every penny and more. IECA faculty were professional, caring, and relevant. Thank you!”
—L.H., IECA-SI 2021 Participant

“I was very concerned about doing this conference online and seriously thought about waiting one year in hopes of attending an in-person SI next summer. However, I’m so glad I bit the bullet. The conference far exceeded my expectations (both in the information learned and the contacts I made). I cannot imagine running my business another year without this valuable information and these people!”
—M.O., IECA-SI 2021 Participant

“This week was an absolute PLAYBOOK for starting my business!”
—S.R., IECA-SI 2021 Participant

“The Institute’s binder is awesome, well organized, and thorough! When I received it in the mail, I understood immediately that the SI was going to be a place where I would increase my knowledge about the profession and that I had a made a smart investment. The collegiality that I experienced during the Institute itself turned out to be a special bonus. Thank you!”
—H.K., IECA-SI 2021 Participant

“Excellent team and well-executed conference. Most organized conference I’ve attended, and I have been attending conferences for over 20 years!”
—R.O., IECA-SI 2021 Participant

“I really enjoyed learning at the Institute. You offered us a wonderful opportunity to learn an incredible amount of relevant material that was offered in a welcoming, warm, and accepting environment. I very much appreciate how everyone is so accepting and committed to working together for the purpose of enhancing the professionalism of what we do. Thank you for a fantastic week and the opportunity to meet so many great people who truly have students’ interests at heart.”
—V.J., IECA-SI 2021 Participant

“The IECA Summer Institute was amazing. Each day was well-planned with engaging materials and presentations. Thanks to all of the instructors and others associated with designing such a wonderful learning experience.”
—K.H., IECA-SI 2021 Participant

“I have been continuously impressed with the faculty and staff at IECA, with their expertise, support, and overall realness with us!”
—R.G., IECA-SI 2021 Participant