AESC Certificate in Executive Research (CER)

AESC's Certificate in Executive Research is an essential credential for those looking to strengthen and more effectively implement their executive research and candidate development skills.

The multi-format program offers an array of learning opportunities for participants and covers the fundamentals of executive research. From name generation to pitching to qualifying candidates, develop core skills that will enhance your ability to succeed.

Participants in AESC's Certificate in Executive Research program are eligible to receive an exclusive package offer on select AIRS Training programs. Learn more.  

New registrants who enroll in the program from September 1 - 27 are eligible to receive complimentary admission to AESC's Executive Research Forum on September 29. Purchases cannot be combined with any other offer.  

Foundation Course

Build on industry knowledge with virtual courses that highlight the latest tools and strategies.

Expert Forums

Gain feedback from an industry expert and your peers in a collaborative, interactive environment.


Master the content to apply the learnings in your day-to-day activities.

Why pursue the CER?

Earn an industry-recognized credential

Enhance your ability to succeed

Develop core executive research skills


  • Introduction to Executive Search

  • Tools for Executive Researchers

  • Effective Search Strategies

  • Interviewing and Qualifying Candidates

  • Due Diligence and Legislative Issues

  • Getting Past the Gatekeeper and Pitching Your Search Effectively

  • Sourcing Conversations

  • Qualifying Candidates over the Phone and Talking about Compensation

  • Overcoming Candidate Objections and Managing Candidate Interest

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What are past participants saying about the program

"Great opportunity to learn from experts about their personal best-practice experiences and sharing them with participants from all over the world with various different cultural backgrounds. The excellent structured program provides also extensive insights about the differences in cross-country approaches."

- Researcher, Steinbach & Partner, Germany

"It was a well presented, practical forum designed in such a way that allowed new ideas to be disseminated easily and clearly. The forum also provided an excellent gauge as to what we were doing right as a firm and what we could improve on."

- Business Manager, The Insight Group, Australia


This program is open to all individuals who work in the field of executive research. We strongly encourage those looking to develop core executive research and candidate development skills to pursue this program.

Collaborative discussions are an important component of this program. To ensure the quality of each session, applicants must commit to active participation, including participating in role play-based interaction, and meet the minimum requirements:

  • Be employed, or have been recently employed, as an executive researcher or associate.

  • Be currently responsible for identifying and qualifying executive-level candidates.


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AESC Members enjoy access to the program at an exclusive rate.

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Custom Pricing

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Foundation Course – Offered year-round.

Expert Forums
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