School and Independent Counselor Certification and Partnerships

IvyWise works in partnership with schools and IECs across the globe in order to provide certification, unparalleled counseling, training, and advisory services.

Counselor Certification and Partnerships

Our goal is to empower students across the globe to achieve their personal and academic goals, discover and develop their passions, and find success in the admissions process and beyond. Whether we’re certifying counselors utilizing our proprietary methodology, or partnering with school counselors and IECs to support their own efforts, IvyWise remains focused on providing students with the tools needed to be successful.

Learn about the IvyWise Comprehensive Certification Program or how we can partner with you to provide professional development, family education, and supplemental services for your students.

IvyWise Comprehensive Certification Program

The IvyWise Comprehensive Certification Program (CCP) provides world-class college admissions training to help you best support your students, whether you’re a new counselor who needs to understand the college admissions process from start to finish or a more experienced professional looking to stay informed on the latest college admissions trends. Counselors who complete all modules and pass our certification exam earn the IvyWise CCP Accreditation. IvyWise CCP includes:

Expert Trainers

Individuals working toward the IvyWise CCP must complete 42-hours of training with IvyWise expert counselors, who collectively have over 250 years of experience in admissions and are all former deans and directors of admission from top schools in the US. Our collaborative approach to advising fosters a unique professional development atmosphere where counselors in the IvyWise CCP benefit from the entire team’s expertise. Utilizing their insider admissions knowledge as well as experience directly advising students, our expert trainers work with you to understand every nuance of the college admissions and advising process. They have worked on both sides of the desk, so they know how to maximize student potential and provide you with the tools to support your students throughout the entirety of the college counseling process.

Robust Modular Curriculum

IvyWise CCP is comprised of 14 training modules that cover all facets of the college admissions and counseling process. The IvyWise CCP curriculum is designed to maximize outcomes, so you’ll come away with an insider’s understanding of the admissions process as well as practical tools to implement in your own guidance. IvyWise CCP modules include:

  • Early College Planning for 9th and 10th Graders
  • Academic Curricula in US Admissions (AP, UK, IB, etc.)
  • Teacher/Counselor Recommendations
  • Effective School Profiles
  • Planning College Visits
  • Building College Lists
  • Extracurricular Planning….and more

Virtual Delivery

Just like our distinguished college counseling, the IvyWise CCP is entirely virtual – allowing us to provide comprehensive training to counselors no matter where you are in the world. IvyWise expert trainers utilize a combination of video conferencing and interactive virtual tools to deliver exceptional training that is flexible based on your schedule and goals.

Why Gain Certification Through IvyWise CCP?


An IvyWise certified college counseling department can be a powerful draw for families looking to enroll their children in a school with a robust college counseling department with a proven college placement record.

Current Counselors

Continuing professional development is critical to delivering the best college guidance. Current counselors can use IvyWise CCP to train with former admissions officers in order to maximize advisory time with students and help them reach their full potential.


The IvyWise CCP allows IECs to take their advisory services to the next level in order to maximize student success and gives families an extra level of assurance knowing they’re working with a certified independent counselor.

Prospective Counselors

Looking to jump-start your career in college counseling? This is a perfect first step for individuals who are interested in a career in college guidance, either within a school or as an IEC, but have limited experience.

Training Module Demo

“Thanks so much for the Common Application Basic Training Module. We got our students’ Early Decision applications off without any hitches and your training was hugely beneficial in that process.” – Ian Barfoot, Head of University and Career Guidance at Dubai British School

Want to learn more about the IvyWise Comprehensive Certification Program?

Contact Lesley Kniffin at [email protected] to become an IvyWise certified counselor today!

Partnership Services for Schools and IECs:

Not ready for the full certification program but would like targeted professional development or student support for one or more facets of the admissions process? IvyWise also offers flexible, one-off professional development services and student-focused programming, allowing access to our depth and breadth of admission experience for the benefit of your students and families. We work with you to craft the best-fit partnership to meet your specific needs and budget.

individual modules of certification program are available.

Professional Development

Need a singular training on how to write exceptional recommendation letters? Or looking for support to build or refresh your entire counseling curriculum? Our modular professional development can be customized and delivered to meet your needs.

Family Education

IvyWise provides customized webinars and events for students and families, giving insight and expert advice on a range of admissions topics and educating audiences about what to expect when applying to US, UK and Canadian schools. These events are presented by our expert counselors, leveraging their experience inside admissions offices.

Student Services

We provide our partners supplemental guidance, including individualized counseling, access to our Roundtable or group counseling seminars. Our tutors support students with their academics, test preparation, and mentorship for independent projects.

Spotlight Partnerships

In 2019, Bennett Day Upper School opened with IvyWise acting as their college counseling department, making them one of our most unique partnership undertakings.  This novel approach to college counseling is reflective of the school itself, where teachers opt out of the typical seminar style of teaching in favor of project-based laboratory learning, blended learning seminars, and meaningful internships designed to foster fulfilling, successful, and purposeful lives for their students. Our college counseling is embedded into the school’s advisory program, where students meet regularly with their IvyWise counselors. This personalized approach to college guidance ensures students have optimal resources to find their ‘best fit’ college.

IvyWise has partnered with Educase in Bahrain since their founding in 2019. Our partnership with Educase includes professional development, live events and webinars for Educase families and school counselors in the Gulf region, and a summer test prep virtual bootcamp. Students working with Educase counselors can also access our Roundtable review.

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