HECA Professional Development Institute


Level Up Your Skills

Looking to level up your skills as an IEC?

HECA’s Professional Development Institute (PDI) provides you with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to take your career as an IEC (Independent Educational Consultant) to the next level. Our interactive professional development training provides you with knowledge and resources necessary to ethically and effectively guide students. You’ll learn practical business strategies to help you level up your business.

Whether you select the virtual or in-person training, the PDI will inspire and support you as you provide services for students seeking higher educational opportunities. 

What will I learn?
At the HECA PDI you will …

  • Learn from experienced leaders in the college counseling industry.
  • Grow through interactive group experiences.
  • Hone your counseling skills through role playing in real world scenarios.
  • Explore skills and resources needed for navigating the college admissions process 
  • Participate in mock admissions and financial aid appeal committee exercises led by directors of admissions and/or admissions officers. 
  • Receive training on business building fundamentals, skills, and tools.
  • Connect with professionals from across the world.
  • Receive training materials you’ll use for years to come.
  • Be inspired by special topics and training offered by invited guests.

With HECA’s PDI curriculum, you won’t just gain professional development—you’ll gain confidence! You’ll develop a network of other professionals that will last a lifetime. Join the numerous consultants who have benefited from the PDI training in the past 10 years.

Who can attend the Institute?

All consultants are invited to attend but especially those with 0-10 years of experience. Registration for the Institute is open to members, provisional members, and non-members. Consultants can attend both the virtual and the in-person PDI. 

Rated as the BEST professional development available, hear from other professionals about the HECA PDI training. 

Sign up for HECA’s Professional Development Institute. Each version of PDI provides unique training you will always remember! Choose from the virtual or in-person format – or do both!

Jodi Glou, HECA PDI 2019, current HECA president-elect

Dale Price, HECA PDI 2017, HECA leader

HECA’s PDI started delivering quality training in 2014. 

Join us to celebrate ten years of excellence!

Virtual PDI In-person PDI
Dates January 23-24, 2024 June 8-10, 2024
Length 2 days TBD
Cost $325 members/ $395 non-members TBD
Location Online Atlanta, GA
(HECA’s annual conference venue)
Time 8-3 pm PT/11-6 pm ET each day 8-5 pm each day

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