Advanced Certificate in Executive Talent Consulting

Since 2012, AESC and Cornell University's ILR School have the only program uniquely tailored to help senior executive talent consultants. Improve your ability to succeed and strengthen your capacity to add greater value to your clients, firm and career.

Offering both in-person and virtual learning formats, the program presents cutting-edge content focused on human capital strategy, leadership and business. Watch the Info Session

Why Pursue the Certificate Program?

Invest in your future

Gain insights on how to create added value in your work and expand your network.

Showcase your commitment

Demonstrate to clients you have the tools and knowledge to serve as their trusted advisor for the long-term.

Learn from Experts in Executive Education

Cornell’s ILR faculty are leaders on the challenges organizations face today.

Enter into a truly global classroom

  • Executive Search Today

  • Board Advisement Trends and Practices

  • Executive Team Dynamics

  • Executive Compensation and Total Rewards

  • Ethics and Social Responsibility

  • Leadership Consulting: Perspectives and Trends

  • Business and Leadership Trends

  • Organizational Talent Strategy

  • Inclusion and Diversity in Search

  • Assessment Trends and Practices

  • Developing and Nurturing Client Partnerships

  • Your Role as an Executive Search Leader

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What are past participants saying about the program

"The AESC-Cornell program enables us to better support our clients. The clients' benefit is the goal. The personal growth is a bonus."

- Alicia Hasell, Managing Partner, Boyden

"The Cornell-AESC Advanced Certificate in Executive Search and Leadership Consulting program was a valuable part of my development as a search consultant and one that I would recommend to others in the field. The topics were both relevant and tangential to business issues that I regularly confront, and the instructors bring a good balance of real world experience and teaching capability to the program. Having a chance to interact with an engaged peer group that represented a broad spectrum of experiences and cultures was particularly valuable. "

- John Sparrow, Director, BoardWalk Consulting


We strongly encourage those looking to advance in the in executive search and leadership advisory profession, sharpen their consulting skills to better leverage their industry expertise, or better understand the tools and frameworks in executive-level talent pursue this certificate.

This certificate is open to individuals working at a retained executive search firm or are part of an internal talent acquisition team that works on senior-level assignments. Individuals who work at a staffing agency or a firm that practices contingent search are ineligible to participate.

The curriculum is for advanced participants with a strong foundation in executive talent consulting. To ensure the quality of each session, applicants must practice retained executive search and qualify to participate.


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Early bird*


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Two or more applicants from the same network or firm


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Early bird*


Standard rate


Two or more applicants from the same network or firm


per student

Get Started


The in-person certificate program will run in June 2021. The virtual certificate program will run January - May 2022.