ECE® Essentials

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ECE® Essentials is a 1 ½ day retreat-style training program for new employees in the field of international admissions and credential evaluation. 

The retreat is located in Milwaukee, WI.

Each attendee will receive:

  • One-year complimentary subscription to the ECE® Connection Advantage ($300 value)
  • Training workbook
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Tour of the library at ECE
  • Opportunities for door prizes
  • Certificate of Completion after day 2
  • A crash course in credential evaluation to build your knowledge and your confidence in your new role!  


The background research ECE has done with documents is such a time saver and resource for universities among the USA. I thank the ECE evaluators for sharing their documents and knowledge.


ECE has developed a high quality and personalized training session to help educational professionals increase their knowledge and comfort level working with transcripts from specific countries. I am excited to take back some knowledge and resources to my university!


Overall, this was an in-depth and a great learning experience. It was chunk full of information regarding educational systems in China, India, and Nigeria. The forensics and fraud placed first in this training.

-Anonymous attendee

I loved that this training was small— it made it feel more intimate and casual while allowing the attendees to personalize the lessons by asking questions. The facilitators were all personable and knowledgeable, and they made the material accessible and easy to grasp. While I had a foundation in international credential evaluation, this training made me feel more confident in it (and made me not feel like such a nerd for enjoying it as much as I do). Thank you!


I feel much more confident in my communications with international students. The tools I have learned through ECE will help my department develop best practices when navigating the education systems of other countries.


I had a wonderful experience during the ECE Training! I learned a lot of extremely helpful information that I can take back to my institution to help us improve the way we work with students.


Sample Agenda

Day 1

Time Topic
8:00-8:30 a.m. Check in and Continental Breakfast
8:30-9:00 a.m. Introductions
9:00-10:00 a.m. Introduction to Credential Evaluation
10:00-10:15 a.m. BREAK
10:15-11:30 a.m. Fraud and Forensics
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Introduction to Chinese Educational System and Reading Chinese credentials
12:30-1:30 p.m. LUNCH
1:30-2:30 p.m. Continued study of Chinese Educational System
2:30-3:00 p.m. Tour of ECE Library
3:00-3:15 p.m. BREAK
3:15-4:45 p.m. Introduction to Indian Educational System
4:45-5:00 p.m. Wrap Up of Day 1
6:00-9:00 p.m. Optional: Networking Event: Lakefront Brewery Tour and Dinner

Day 2

Time Topic
8:00-8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30-9:30 a.m Continued study of Indian educational system
9:30-10:15 a.m. Educational system of Nigeria
10:15-10:30 a.m. BREAK
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Professional Development Courses
12:30-1:00 p.m. Close of ECE® Essentials


View Detailed Agenda (PDF)

ECE® Essentials FAQ

General Session Information

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  What materials are provided?

Printed and online access to course materials.

  Am I required to bring anything?

Please bring your laptop and power cord. Internet access will be provided.

  Who are the trainers?
  • Amy Kawa, Evaluator
  • Amy Ullrich, Evaluator
  • Charlie Hoehnen, Evaluator
  • Harmony St Laurent, Evaluator
  • Jack Nelson, Director of Market Development
  • Leigh Lane Peine, Senior Director of Marketing
  • Marybeth Gruenewald, Director of Global Initiatives
  • Melissa Ganiere, Research Evaluator
  • Michele Bohlman, Information Resource Specialist
  • Sarah Pressman, Training and Staff Development Specialist

ECE reserves the right to substitute a trainer, speaker, or presenter due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts.

  What additional networking opportunities are there?

An optional Lakefront Brewery Tour and Dinner is planned for Thursday night. Please indicate if you wish to attend – reservations must be made in advance.  

Registration, Payment, and Refunds

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  When is payment due?

Full payment is required in advance of the training session.

  What does the registration fee cover?

Registration covers the one and a half day training, printed session materials, and food & beverage. Food & Beverage includes two continental breakfasts, one lunch, snacks, and beverages (water, juice, soda, coffee).

  What additional costs am I responsible for?

You are responsible for transportation, lodging, dinner, the optional networking opportunity, and any other costs accrued during your stay in Milwaukee.

  Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?


  Can I update my registration information?

If this is the case, please contact Sarah Pressman, Training and Staff Development Specialist, at

  Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

If this is the case, please contact Sarah Pressman, Training and Staff Development Specialist, at

  What is the refund policy?

A written notice of a cancellation request must be received by mail or email at least 24 hours prior to the training session start time to qualify for a refund. Qualifying refunds, minus a $25 processing fee, will be issued within three weeks of the request. A refund will not be issued if a cancellation request is received after the training session.

A hyperlink to session materials will be sent to you within five business days after the training session if you do not qualify for a refund.

Transportation, Lodging, Events and More

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  What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
  What are my lodging options?
  What is there to do in Milwaukee?

You are in luck! Summerfest, "The World's Largest Music Festival,” opens Wednesday, June 27th and runs through July 8th. This is just one event of many that will occur during the ECE Essentials program. Summerfest occurs on the shores of Lake Michigan and is easily walkable to and from your hotel.

More information about Summerfest:

For more things to see and do in Milwaukee check out Visit Milwaukee to help you plan your trip.