AESC Education Overview

Take your career to the next level.

Since 1959, AESC has set the standard for quality and ethics in executive search and leadership consulting across the globe. We strongly believe in investing in the future of the profession and our educational programs are designed to elevate professional standards.

AESC offers both online and in-person programs for those looking to advance their skills—at any stage in their career—in executive search, executive research, leadership consulting and client relationship management. Ensure you deliver long-term value for clients and your own organization. AESC educational programs are available for AESC members, nonmembers, and corporate recruitment teams.

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Advanced Certificate in Executive Search & Leadership Consulting

Recommended for senior-level executive search and leadership consultants and corporate executive recruiters.
In partnership with Cornell University's ILR School, this comprehensive MBA-level certificate program is for those who have a desire to raise their game in the marketplace. The rigorous curriculum provides participants with the knowledge and frameworks to achieve success in today’s complex business climate.

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Certificate in Client Relationship Management

Recommended for early career executive search and leadership consultants or those new to the profession from industry.
This unique, mobile learning experience is based on the most extensive research ever done on the ingredients of long-term client relationships. It can help your client-facing professionals win new clients, grow existing relationships, and acquire the trusted advisor skills they need to earn a seat at the table.

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AESC Certified Researcher Associate (CRA)

Recommended for new researchers or those interested in starting a career in executive research.
AESC offers the only comprehensive external certification program specially designed for executive search researchers and associates. A recognized qualification within the profession, this highly regarded certificate program covers the complete executive research process from name generation through pitching and qualifying candidates.

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Researcher and Associate Forums

Recommended for new researchers or those interested in starting a career in executive research.
AESC Research & Associate Forums are in-person events bringing together executive research professionals. Selected sessions are aligned with our CRA program and Forum attendance can be used as recognition of prior learning should attendees complete the CRA.

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