becoming an independent educational consultant

Are you considering the field of Independent Education Consulting?

Independent education consultants (IEC’s) assist students and their families in the college search and application process. Finding the right school and match between the college/university offerings and the student’s academic, social and personal needs enriches a student’s life and plays a major role in their future. The process of finding the right fit or ‘match school’ is of vital importance to the IEC.

If you are considering a future in Independent Education Consulting, there are many programs available to prospective IEC’s.

College Counseling programs include the online UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Riverside, and UC Berkeley programs through their extension offerings.

UC Irvine Program (HECA members receive a 10% discount on classes after you have completed a certain number of classes)

UCLA Program (HECA members receive a 10% discount on all classes)

UC Berkeley Program 
UC Riverside Program

Numerous articles are available on our HECA website, such as the benefits of membership.

If you are seriously considering a career as an IEC, you might consider attending HECA’s annual conference (membership not mandatory), usually held in June. More than 350 HECA members, college representatives and exhibitors from all over the globe are in attendance. At the conference, you can network with education consultants who are established in the field, as well as provisional members who are starting their practice or in the process of receiving their certificate in college admissions counseling. Of particular interest would be the pre-conference Professional Development Institute.  You can access all conference information on the HECA website, including this year’s conference dates and locations.

If you have specific questions, please contact the Sandy Lawrence at

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software