Advanced Certificate in Executive Search & Leadership Consulting

This six month MBA-level virtual certificate program takes participants through a rigorous learning experience by applying cutting edge theory and industry best practices to their client assignments. In partnership with Cornell University’s ILR School, the online certificate program takes an integrated approach to teaching and will include virtual lectures, interactive learning, group activities and case studies.

The program is designed for professionals looking to further develop their skills and leverage their expertise to add greater value to their clients, firm and career.

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

  • Aligning HR to Business Strategy

  • Business Strategy and Innovation

  • Diversity and Inclusion Leadership

  • Talent Management and Succession Strategy

  • Executive Assessment and Selection

  • Negotiation Tools and Techniques

  • Executive Compensation and Total Rewards

  • Becoming a Trusted Advisor

  • Transformative Leadership: Building Personal Leadership Capability

  • Leadership Consulting

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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.

Collaborative discussions are an important component of the certificate program and to ensure the quality of each session, applicants must meet the minimum requirements:

  • A minimum of five years in executive search and/or leadership consulting

  • Practice retained executive search


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Single applicant


Two or more applicants from the same network or firm


per student

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Single applicant


Two or more applicants from the same network or firm


per student

Apply now


Our next session will run in 2020. Contact us to learn more.