The Independent Educational Consultants Association announced that Janis Gilley of Camden has been accepted as an associate member in the association. IECA associate members are professionals in the process of transitioning to a career in educational consulting.

To qualify as an associate member, a consultant must have established an educational practice and have had a minimum of one year of experience in educational placement, counseling or admissions.

Gilley has been an independent educational consultant since 2009. Her office is located in Camden. She holds a master’s degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., and has had over 30 years experience as an administrator in independent schools. Her positions included admissions counselor, college counselor, international exchange programs director and dean of students. In addition, Gilley has attended the IECA summer training institute. She works primarily with students and families searching for boarding schools and/or colleges.

IECA was founded in 1976 as a nonprofit professional association of established educational consultants. IECA member educational consultants are professionals who assist students and families with educational decision-making. Their educational backgrounds, specialized training, campus visitations, and professional experience equip them to help students choose schools, colleges or programs that meet their individual needs and goals. Professional membership in the association requires an appropriate master’s degree or comparable training and a minimum of three years of experience in the profession, as well as meeting IECA’s professional standards and subscribing to its Principles of Good Practice. Members continually update their knowledge and maintain skills through IECA sponsored meetings, workshops, training programs, and information exchanges with colleges, schools, programs and other consultants.