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Why I Belong

I joined IECA for a number of reasons and have found additional benefits that I never expected. Initially I joined:

• To demonstrate to families my dedication and commitment to the profession of educational consulting

• To develop professionally and to stay current with issues in higher education

• To meet like-minded professionals and to develop a professional support network

And finally….
• To develop friendships and have fun!

I can honestly say that all of the above items have materialized and I am so thankful that I joined IECA. I have gained so much from the conferences and professional retreats, and the friendships that I have made are invaluable and treasured. What I had not anticipated was the level of support for running my business, the great networking with colleagues across the country, and the number of referrals generated from the search engine on the IECA website. I have become involved with outreach, serving as chair for the Outreach Committee this year, and have thoroughly enjoyed working with other incredibly talented IECs in an effort to move our profession forward. I love being a member of IECA and am so glad I took the step years ago to submit my application!
—Jan R. Kerchner, MBA (CA)

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Member dues testimonials

"Joining IECA has been a surprisingly positive and rewarding decision. As a member of NACAC, I felt for a long time that I didn't need IECA. However, as a member of IECA, I have a significantly heightened sense of professional validity. In addition to the increased 'clout' our organization carries with colleges, universities and secondary schools, I have observed that members of IECA are regularly recognized and sought by the media for comments and insights."

- Shirley Levin, IECA Member, Maryland

Membership Information

Thank you for your interest in membership in IECA. IECA sets the standard for the profession of independent educational consulting, and we are proud of the reputation for excellence we have earned among parents, our professional colleagues, and in the national media.

Follow the links for information about requirements for and the value of IECA membership. IECA offers two levels of membership for independent educational consultants, along with a student membership for those still in college. Professional Membership is for consultants who have demonstrated a professional mastery of the field, with a minimum of three years admission or counseling experience. For those newer to the educational consulting field, IECA offers an Associate Membership.

Our Membership Qualifications page will help you determine which membership category is right for you. You can apply for membership here.

If you have any questions, or would like additional information, contact us at [email protected]. We hope you will become part of our dynamic professional organization!

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An IECA member educational consultant shares what she values from her IECA membership.