A Victoria University course offering education recruitment agents a professional qualification will take its first students next month.
The new Professional Certificate of Education Agent Practice is designed for existing agents and those wanting to enter the industry. It covers the law and practice in the international education agent business.
It is the first face-to-face course of its kind in Australia and can be customised to suit the needs of employers.
The course will be run by the University's Sir Zelman Cowen Centre in Melbourne and Sydney.
Sue Marshall, the Business Development Manager at the centre in the Victoria Law School, said the course met the need for professional development opportunities for agents in the highly competitive international student recruitment market.
"With all the changes in student visa regulations over the past few years, many recruitment companies have recognised the need to update and improve the skills of their staff," Ms Marshall said.
Director of the Education Consultants Association of Australia Seema Shah said that for some time the educational consultancy sector had attracted negative media.
"This course recognises the need to provide current and prospective education agents with opportunities for networking and professional development," Ms Shah said.
"Victoria University has extensive experience in developing and delivering similar courses for the migration advice profession, which has proved valuable in putting together this course for education agents."
Sue Marshall is available for interview: (03) 9919 1819; 0400 921 162
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