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Gain the prestige and credibility of being university-certified in the Sherpa Executive Coaching Process. The Sherpa Executive Coaching Certification Program earns the University of Georgia’s Executive Coaching Certification. This three-month program will make you more effective as a leader and facilitator, adding skills and credentials needed to become a top-level executive coach.


Format: Classroom

Hours: 60 hours / 6 CEUs

Where: Athens, GA

When: Fall 2019

Cost: Course fee details

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The program is based on the book The Sherpa Guide: Process-Driven Executive Coaching by Brenda Corbett and Judith Colemon Kinebrew. One of the authors may be your instructor. After two weeks in the classroom, you will apply your new skills in a coaching project that will include regular conferences with your instructor. A designation of Certified Sherpa Coach is granted upon successful completion of the 60-hour program.

The Sherpa Executive Coaching Certification training covers:

  • Mastery of the Sherpa executive coaching process; the system for contemporary coaching
  • How to evaluate and attain your full potential and the potential of your clients
  • A proven process for improving a client’s business behavior, permanently
  • Effective communications for developing increased individual and team productivity
  • How to effectively use Sherpa executive coaching course materials for future workshops, seminars and team coaching opportunities

More about executive coaching and Sherpa:

  • Executive coaching is a process of facilitation, detailed and clearly documented, that creates positive change in business behavior.
  • An executive coach is an expert facilitator who works one-on-one, meeting frequently with an executive or senior manager to create positive changes in business behavior within a fixed time frame.
  • The Sherpa process for coaching is a detailed, open-source set of practices and standards that directs the activities of an executive coach. This process creates the only comprehensive rational / technical foundation for the coaching profession.
  • The Sherpa Coaching certification is designed to bring process, clarity and competence to executive coaching. The Sherpa Executive Coaching Certification Program is provided through the partnership of the University of Georgia and Sherpa Coaching, LLC.

Learn more about Executive Coaching with these informational videos!

Who Should Attend?

  • Human resource managers, training and development professionals, corporate trainers, veteran business or career coaches, professionals responsible for developmental coaching, etc.
  • Independent business or career coaches looking to start a coaching or consulting business or enhance their current coaching or consulting business
  • Individuals seeking employment as a professional executive coach
  • Individuals seeking an executive coaching certification
  • Coaches (not currently certified) needing a crisp, precise process that ensures repeatable success
  • Training professionals desiring to create or enhance an internal coaching program
  • US military veterans seeking executive coaching certification designation. See details below about military funding.

Distinguishing characteristics of Sherpa Coaching Certification
Credible: Offered by colleges and universities with author oversight. The only process endorsed by multiple universities, eight in all.
Clear: Detailed, based on a clearly defined and widely available methodology.
Consistent: Uses a single, universal, flexible resource set for all executive coaching.
Precise: Business focused, with no overlap with counseling and therapy.
Principled: Managed by coaching professionals with the industry's best interest at heart. 

Course Information

Course Number: 


Course Date Info: 

Fall 2019:

  • Week #1 October 14-18, 2019
  • Week #2 November 18-21, 2019 (Participation in both weeks is required.)

Enroll early! Registration is limited and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Prepayment is required to be registered. To guarantee your enrollment, including onsite lodging, the deadline is September 6, 2019, for the Fall 2019 session. We will continue to accept enrollments after that date if space is still available.

The two-week, time-phased format allows for immediate practice of skills learned. During the period between sessions, you will return home and apply your new skills in your work with a practicum coaching client. You will also talk with your instructors weekly as the practicum coaching experience unfolds. There is also an (8-week) post-course assignment included in this program.

Course Format: 
Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference & Hotel
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States
Location Info: 

Room number to be determined 

Course Fee(s): 

For more details on course fee and cancellation policy, download the Program Fees and Lodging pdf.

Continuing Education Information: 

Upon successful completion of the required assignments, you will earn the designation of Certified Executive Coach from Sherpa Coaching LLC as well as University of Georgia Continuing Education Units (CEUs). 

Visit the University of Georgia CEU policies for more details.

Program details are subject to change.

Certification or Licensure Information:
Certified Executive Coach designation from Sherpa Coaching, LLC.

Military Funding Information:
The Sherpa Executive Coaching Certification Program has been approved by the Department of Veterans Services to receive GI Bill funding. Spouses of active duty military members that are eligible for Air Force TA and Army TA may contact their education service officer to apply for course approval. For more information regarding military funding for this course, visit our Financial and Military Assistance page or contact our office at (706) 542-3537.