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

Monday, July 25–Friday, July 29, 2022
Note that all educational sessions will be recorded and available exclusively to registrants through August 31, 2022.  

This five-day virtual 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.




Click here to download the preliminary schedule.

The IECA Summer Training Institute (IECA-SI) will include a wide variety of interactive sessions to assist you in becoming an efficient and effective independent educational consultant (IEC). Topics will include issues relevant for all new IECs, such as Marketing, Communications, Liability, Ethics, and Business Planning. The institute will also offer 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 will consist of both large group sessions and small group discussions, along with many opportunities to network and connect with other participants and the IECA-SI 2022 faculty. We will 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.


The fee for the IECA Virtual Summer Training Institute will be $995. (IECA Professional and Associate members receive a discounted rate of $895.)


 What will the schedule include?
The virtual five-day program will consist of a mix of specially prepared recorded and live learning, in both large and small groups, all led by our faculty of IECA members who are eager to meet and work with you. Over the course of each day of the program you may be asked to:

  • Attend a live presentation via Zoom (recorded for those unable to attend live).
  • View a prerecorded webinar created for the IECA-SI Class of 2022 by our faculty, and then participate in a live video session with that faculty member for additional teaching and live Q&A.
  • Meet with your assigned discussion group of 10-15 participants, facilitated by a faculty member, to discuss what you are learning and share ideas for your own practices.
  • Work independently on a specific aspect or two of your business plan that will be part of the curriculum for the week.
  • Meet at the end of every day with the entire group to wrap up the day with a full faculty Q&A session so you will get answers to all of your questions throughout the week.

What materials will be provided?
While all presentations and handouts will be provided to you electronically, we will also ship our much-acclaimed large IECA-SI notebook to you approximately two weeks prior to the Institute. This includes course materials for the week, as well as a lot of additional resources that can be used long after our week together is over.

Do I have to be an IECA member to attend?
No, all are welcome! Many participants attend IECA-SI to help them meet the qualifications to apply for IECA Associate membership shortly after the Institute, since completion of the virtual Institute will satisfy the “one-year minimum experience in educational placement counseling or admissions” criterion for Associate membership. Please contact Caitlin Myers, our Membership Manager, if you have questions about applying for membership: [email protected] or 703-591-4850 ext. 6974.

If I am applying for IECA Associate or Professional membership now, should I wait for my membership to be approved before I apply to attend IECA-SI?
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 discounted member rate of $895. If you have already paid in full at that time, the $100 difference will be applied towards your annual membership dues.

Are continuing education (CE) credits available?
IECA will offer all participants continuing education (CE) credits at no additional cost (these are helpful to anyone who needs CE hours to renew licenses or certifications). More information will be provided at the Institute.

Will participants receive a certificate?
We will provide all participants with a certificate of completion approximately six weeks after the Institute.

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