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Independent counselors/education consultants (as defined in IACAC By-Laws Article I. Membership, Section 1. Voting Membership, A4.) whose professional objectives are consistent with the purposes of IACAC and adhere to the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice may be eligible for voting membership, provided they meet the established criteria:

  1. Must have IACAC voting membership in the current or immediately preceding year prior to applying as an independent educational consultant.


  1. Must have membership with the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) or Professional Membership in Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA).  Applicants must provide proof of current membership in HECA or IECA at time of application.

If applicant does not meet either of the two preceding criteria, then applicant must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree and two years of college admission counseling experience in a secondary school or postsecondary setting or in a not-for-profit organization (e.g. community-based or religious) eligible for IACAC or NACAC membership or two years experience as an educational consultant or counselor.


  • Documented completion of a practicum-based counseling program from and IACAC or NACAC member eligible institution.

In addition, all applicants must submit:

  1. A written recommendation from a current IACAC voting member from an IACAC voting-member high school, college, or university who has known the applicant for at least two years;
  2. A brief description of the college admission and/or financial aid services provided.
  3. Examples of online or in print literature used in promotion of the applicant’s services. An application will be considered incomplete without literature.


Please return the following items to:

P.O. Box 279
Mount Prospect, IL 60056


Erin Hoover
IACAC Interim Manager of Operations

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