About the EATC
Education Agents play a significant role in counselling and referring students to Australian education providers. This is an important component of the quality assurance of Australia’s international education industry. So supporting agents by providing training and professional development is a high priority.
In 2003 AEI commenced work to completely rebuild their previous training course called the ‘Aussie Education Specialist’ with the objective of updating and professionalising the training of their education agents. An Agents Training Steering Committee was set up with membership from the Australian international education industry. Members were asked to assist AEI by providing directions in relation to content and development of the course.
PIER worked with AEI and other peak bodies in developing the EATC, a standardised, on-line training course launched by the Minister for Education, Hon. Julie Bishop in 2005. Since that time, more than 2,000 individuals have qualified and the EATC has become a key element in Australia's broader education agency engagement strategy.
The Australian Senate Committee Report into the Welfare of International Students in 2009, recommended that "education providers deal exclusively with education agents who have successfully completed an appropriate course, such as the EATC."
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