Independent Educational Consultant

Educational consulting professionals planning to launch an independent practice must prepare for this new business model. In addition, they need to fully understand the college admissions process and how to address legal, insurance, marketing, ethical and general business issues.

Throughout your experience learning from leading industry experts, you'll acquire the precise skills to launch and grow a successful business practice. The program also provides the knowledge requisite to navigate the college admissions process and the specialization to meet the needs of varied clients.

Who Should Enroll

  • Individuals interested in transitioning into the college admissions consulting profession
  • Individuals looking to launch a private educational consulting practice
  • Established consultants seeking professional development

Program Benefits

  • Learn how to effectively work with families through the college admissions process and financial aid network
  • Acquire the basic skills required to start, open, and grow a successful and ethical educational consulting practice
  • Learn strategic thinking for developing your business model and marketing plan using proven tactics

Eligibility and Requirements

Apply to become a candidate for the program: A Declaration of Candidacy is required to establish candidacy in this program. Complete the application and pay the application and candidacy fee of $125 (non-refundable). Learn more about the benefits of becoming a candidate

A candidate in the program is awarded a certificate upon the successful completion of five (5) required courses and two (2) elective courses totaling 15 units, each with a letter grade of “C” or better. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in their first course. To receive the Certified Digital Certificate after the completing all the program requirements, students must submit the Request for Certificate to initiate the certificate audit process. Students not pursuing the certificate are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.



Members of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) and Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) are eligible to receive a 10% discount on courses in the Independent Educational Consultant certificate. Discounts must be requested at the time of enrollment and cannot be applied retroactively.

  • IECA Members: Call 703-591-4850 or email for more information on how to obtain the discount code.
  • HECA Members: Visit the HECA website and search “UCI” to obtain the discount code. You will be prompted to log in to your account.

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“Every class challenged me to apply my learning to my practice. There were several times the knowledge I gained helped to ramp up my practice quicker and with less risk and introduced me to resources I might have taken months to stumble across. I walked away with plenty of immediately applicable materials. The hidden ‘gem’ of this type of program is the network you create with your classmates. They were generous to a fault in providing feedback and support, and we are still in touch and encouraging one another long after our program is over. The instructors were professionally supportive throughout as well.”
— Jennifer Buyens, Program Graduate,
Independent College Consultant, Tailwind College Consulting
Approximate Cost $5,515
Format Online
Duration 12-21 months
Total Credits 15
WIOA Approved Program

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Course Schedule

Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full program.

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