This popular immersive Sherpa Executive Coaching Certification Program from the University of Georgia is now available in a fully virtual format.

Gain the prestige and credibility of being certified in the Sherpa Executive Coaching Process. The Sherpa Executive Coaching Certification Program earns the Certified Sherpa Coach designation, providing the skills and credentials needed to become a top-level executive coach. Whether you’re looking to expand your knowledge, implement new processes within your organization, or start a new career, this virtual program will transform you into a more effective leader and facilitator.


Format: Live Virtual Format

Hours: 60

Credits: 6.0 CEUs

When: Spring 2022

This executive coaching certification program, ICF approved*, puts you to work with the industry’s leading authors. As you take the class, you’ll have 60+ hours in the classroom, and expert weekly support with a practicum client. The Sherpa process involves six phases, with comprehensive exercises, assessments, and activities associated with each phase. The course includes in-depth fundamentals of coaching along with:

  • Definitions: What executive coaching is, and needs to become
  • Communications styles for coach and client
  • The Sherpa Stance: How to keep coaching professional
  • Who needs a coach?
  • What does it take to be a good coach?
  • Why does coaching need a process?
  • What questions do I ask while I am coaching?
  • How can I tell if my client is ‘getting it’?
  • How can I tell when my client is finished?

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.

Course Information

Course Number: 


Course Date Info: 

One-Hour Virtual Orientation: April 5, 2022, at 6:00 p.m.

Live-Online (Virtual) Sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays:

Note: All sessions are on U.S. Eastern Time.

  • Tuesday, April 26, Noon - 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 28, Noon - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 3, Noon - 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 5, Noon - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 10, Noon - 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 12, Noon - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 17, Noon - 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 19, Noon - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 24, Noon - 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 26, Noon - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 31, Noon - 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 2, Noon - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 7, Noon - 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 9, Noon - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 14, Noon - 4:00 p.m.

After the live sessions conclude, you will complete a multi-week, asynchronous, practicum client assignment with your Sherpa Coach. *Course details, dates, and times are subject to change.

Course Fee(s): 

Standard fee: $6,999 (U.S. funds)

Refund and Program Cancellation Policies
The Georgia Center will gladly issue refunds (minus a $250 processing fee) for cancellations made on or before March 25, 2022.


The program is based on the textbook, The Sherpa Guide: Process-Driven Executive Coaching by Brenda Corbett and Judith Colemon Kinebrew. One of the authors may be your instructor.

Judith Colemon KinebrewJudith Colemon Kinebrew is an author and educator who trains and certifies executive coaches. Judith co-authored "The Sherpa Guide: Process-Driven Executive Coaching”, the world’s most widely used textbook for coach training and is the foundation of The Sherpa Process. Her latest book: “BE . . don’t do” is the Sherpa Guide to coaching skills for managers and executives. With her passion for leadership, Judith began coaching executives one-on-one in 2001.

DeCoffette WardDeCoffette Ward is a master executive coach, an author, facilitator, and Director of Training with Sherpa Coaching. DeCoffette brings 20 years of facilitation and leadership experience, which has allowed her to contribute to the growth and success of companies in the electric power industry, the military, and manufacturing. Along with Brenda Corbett, she is a Sherpa co-author of “Executive Presence: Humility” and her own book called, Dream. Write. Execute.