Who may be a Member of the ACO?

The ACO is an inclusive and diverse group of ADHD professionals. Anyone who is interested in ADHD Coaching, may be a member of the ACO and enjoy all of the benefits of membership. However, not all members may be on the ACO’s list of Professional ADHD Coaches (see requirements below).

In joining the ACO, all members are required to:

Who may be on the ACO’s List of Professional ADHD Coaches?

Only members in good standing who meet the following definition of a Professional ADHD Coach will be listed in the ACO’s List of Professional ADHD Coaches. To apply to this list, after joining, log into the membership site and click on “Get Listed”.

Requirements to be a Professional ADHD Coach

The ACO defines a Professional ADHD Coach to be one who holds specific certifications and/or who has had a minimum of 60 hours of ICF-compliant life coach training plus a minimum of 35 hours of specific ADHD coach training.

Specifically, the educational requirements for being recognized by the ACO as a Professional ADHD Coach are:

I) Any PAAC certification (these ADHD Coach certifications are accepted as a proxy for the education requirement).
OR
II) Graduation from ADDCA, Coach Approach for Organizers, Impact Coaching, Mentor Coach, JST Coaching & Training or OFI (these are all fully integrated ADHD Coach training programs).
OR
III) Graduation from an ICF-compliant life coach training program (minimum of 60 hours) OR certification by ICF/CCE/IAC (accepted as a proxy for the life coach education requirement), we are in this category as well but the one above is most important.

AND EITHER
IIIA) at least 35 hours of ADHD Coach Training from:
1) ACO’s accepted ADHD Coach Training List
2) PAAC-accredited conference hours
3) PAAC-accredited hours from ICF’s ADHD Community of Practice
OR
IIIB) pre trained and working with people affected by ADHD as a licensed Social Worker, Educational Therapist, School Psychologist, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Pediatrician, other MD, or equivalent education, plus at least 25 hours ADHD Coach Training from:
1) ACO’s accepted ADHD Coach Training List
2) PAAC-accredited conference hours
3) PAAC-accredited hours from ICF’s ADHD Community of Practice

To apply to be on this list, you must log in first to the membership site with your user name/password.  There will be a quick link to the left of your membership information or you can click on the “Get Listed” tab at the top of the page.