Are You Eligible For heca Provisional Membership?

The Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) is a professional association for college admissions consultants.  Our members come from a variety of backgrounds, but all share a dedication to providing professional and ethical service to the families they serve.

New consultants who have not yet met eligibility requirements to become a Member, but who demonstrate they are actively working toward meeting them and will do so in less than two years, may join HECA as a Provisional Member.

HECA Provisional Membership dues are $450 annually. *

Membership year runs from March 1 to February 28.

To be eligible to join HECA as a provisional member, you must:

  • Complete a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited, not-for-profit college or university; AND
  • Provide documentation of evidence of completion of highest degree and, if appropriate, a copy of an approved certificate program (currently the only programs we accept are: UCLA, UC Irvine, UC Riverside and UC Berkeley). Documents must be scanned and sent to; AND
  • Provide ONE professional reference  that can attest to your professional work ethic and pathway (The recommendation MUST be provided by one of the following: Active HECA Member, High School Counselor or a College Representative. A recommendation from one of the Certification Program Instructors WILL NOT be accepted. This recommendation must come from someone who you have worked with, has known you for more than one year, and can attest to your work with students and families.); AND
  • Demonstrate working toward meeting Member requirements:
    • Enrollment in a college counseling certificate program with an intent to complete; OR
    • Work as an apprentice with a consultant who holds membership in a professional educational organization.

Requirements of a Provisional Member:

  • Attend at least one HECA Conference (including new member orientation) as a Provisional Member.
  • Attend at least two HECA webinars during the first year of membership.
  • Complete at least 20 college visits within the maximum two year period. Virtual visits accepted at a 3:1 ratio.

Expectations of a Provisional Member:

  • Abide by the HECA Standards and Ethics Statement.
  • Network with Members and Provisional Members at conferences and through the Provisional Member online community.
  • Show respect for and work cooperatively with other educational consultants, Members and Provisional Members.
  • Demonstrate professionalism at all times and positively promote the public’s awareness of educational consulting.

Provisional member Dues & Membership Limit:

  • Provisional Member dues are $450, the same as Member dues, and are renewed annually. The HECA membership year runs from March 1 through February 28.  
  • A consultant may be a Provisional Member for a maximum of two years upon which either conversion to a Member must occur or HECA membership is discontinued.

Provisional member benefits*

  • Access to the Provisional Member online community.
  • Access to the HECA listserv.
  • Access to HECA-sponsored college tours for professional development and networking.
  • Access to webinars.
  • Subscription to online Chronicle of Higher Education.
  • Registration for HECA conferences and workshops at the member rate. (New Member Professional Development seminars are an extra cost.)
  • HECA newsletter and other professional resources.
  • Invitations to attend HECA-sponsored events at affiliated gatherings such as the NACAC Annual Conference and regional ACAC conferences.
  • Opportunity to network with current members at all HECA-sponsored events both nationally and locally.

  • Inclusion in the HECA online Membership Directory with the designation of “Provisional Member.”

  • Use of the HECA logo with the designation of “Provisional Member.”

  • Participation on volunteer committees.

*Provisional Member benefits are the same as Member benefits except Provisional Members do not have voting privileges, are not included in the College Admissions Expert Calling Network (ECN), and may not   participate on policy-making committees.

Conversion from Provisional Member to member:

  • Once the requirements for Provisional Membership have been fulfilled, the Provisional Member must contact the membership chair ( to inform them of intention to move to full membership. The provisional member will then receive an e-mail telling them what is needed to make the change.
  • If a Provisional Member does not meet the requirements for Member within two years, membership will be terminated until such time that Member requirements are met.

Attention HECA International Applicants:

HECA Membership applications for International Consultants are now closed until Feb 1, 2014.  We are in the process of re-designing our International Application.  We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding.

If you've reviewed these Provisional Membership eligibility requirements and expectations and believe you're eligible for HECA Provisional Membership, the final step in joining HECA is to apply for HECA Provisional Membership.

If you are interested in becoming an IEC but don't have any experience yet, click HERE for ideas on how to get started.

*HECA's membership cycle is March 1 through February 28. Membership for new members joining HECA from March 1 through November 30 will expire February 28 of the following year. Those who join between December 1 and February 28 will receive membership through the rest of the current membership cycle plus the next membership cycle (up to 15 months).

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