August 13, 2008


The program for HR professionals and consultants begins Sept. 22

The popular  Sherpa Executive Coaching certification program is back for Fall 2008, with classes beginning September 22 and taught by Brenda Corbett and Judith Coleman, authors of The Sherpa Guide: Process-Driven Executive Coaching .

With coaching becoming more widespread, training and certification for executive coaches is gaining momentum. As more organizations include coaching strategies as part of their executive development initiatives ( studies show that one in 10 organizations relies on external executive coaches), the need for competent, certified executive coaches has soared.

Sherpa Executive Coaching Certification, offered at the  Neeley School of Business at TCU through the Tandy Center for Executive Leadership , provides executive coaches with specific credentials, helping them emphasize their effectiveness and increase their recognition as viable business partners. 

Paulette Turner retired from a job at IBM, which involved training and coaching sales executives and managers, to start her own executive coaching business. She heard about the Sherpa Executive Coaching Certification program, read the book, took the course, "and took my coaching skills to another level," she said.

The Fall 2008 program will take place September 22-26 and November 10-13. Students go through 60 hours of classroom study and a 340-page text, with time in between the two weeks of classes to practice their skills. Cost is $7,500.

"The Neeley School doesn't take this certification lightly, and our students don't, either," said Corbett.  "Much of the class grade is based on rigorous testing for mastery of the material. We are consistently impressed with the caliber of coaching students at the Neeley School."

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Elaine Cole
Public Relations Manager
Neeley School of Business at TCU