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 program will transform you into a more effective leader and facilitator.


Format: Classroom

Hours: 78

Credits: 7.8 CEUs

Where: Athens

When: Spring 2023

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 18 hours of expert weekly support with a practicum client assignment which continues after the two-week classroom phase concludes. 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

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Course Date Info: 

One-Hour Virtual Orientation: March 20, 2023, at 6:00 p.m.
Week 1: April 3 -7, 2023
Week 2: May 8 -11, 2023 (Participation in both weeks* is required.)

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

UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States
Course Fee(s): 

Standard fee which includes lodging and instruction: $11,999 (U.S. funds)

The registration fee includes all instructional materials, daily lunch and breaks, lodging, and parking. When booking airline reservations, you will want to ensure the tickets are refundable if the course does not meet the minimum enrollment. Our office will issue a final confirmation to you on or about February 23.

Live locally and do not require lodging?
A commuter fee is available for participants who live in the Athens area; however, we encourage participation in all activities to increase your networking time with colleagues. If you reside in the Athens area and wish to learn more about the commuter rate, please contact UGA by e-mail at or by telephone at +1-706-542-3537 or 800-811-6640 (toll-free in the U.S.).

Standard Refund and Program Cancellation Policies:
The Georgia Center will gladly issue refunds (minus a $250 processing fee) for cancellations made on or before February 21, 2023. No refunds will be made for cancellations after February 21, 2023. If a program is cancelled for any reason, the Georgia Center will not be responsible for any cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies. When booking airline reservations, you will want to ensure the tickets are refundable if the course does not meet the minimum enrollment. Our office will issue a final confirmation to you on or about February 23.

About the Georgia Center:
The University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel, located on the beautiful, historic UGA campus in Athens, Georgia, provides innovative lifelong learning opportunities that develop intellectual and human potential. A full-service living and learning environment, the Georgia Center includes a 200-room hotel, restaurants, banquet areas, conference rooms, auditoriums, a fitness center, and computer labs — all under one roof. As a unit of UGA’s Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, the Center brings the University’s teaching, research, and service expertise to the people of Georgia and beyond! For more information, go to

The program is based on the textbook, The Sherpa Guide: Process-Driven Executive Coaching. The following Certified Sherpa Coaches could be instructors/facilitators for the class; subject to change without notice.

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.

Gabriel Lord Gabriel Lord is an executive coach and certified sherpa coaching skills facilitator. Gabe brings 20 years of facilitation, talent development and leadership experience in a variety of industries including military, manufacturing, healthcare, marketing, government, and insurance. Gabe is a proud US Army veteran involved in several initiatives supporting our heroes as they transition from the military into their civilian lives. He sits on the advisory board of the Civilian Ready Foundation..

Kelly HettingerKelly’s Hettinger’s international business and organizational experience is extensive. She worked in the International Manufacturing and recycling industries for over 15 years. Her skillset focuses on positively increasing leaders’ impact on business – IOB. Kelly has coached individuals in Wendy’s Company, Alps Alpine North America, Endeavor Group Holdings, Madison Square Garden, Healthcare Corporation of America, Toyota, Green Metals, and Publicis..