UPDATE (October 2014): The IAAC has been formally dissolved as an organization. For information on ADHD Coach Certification, click here.

The Institute for the Advancement of ADHD Coaching (IAAC) is pleased to announce the introduction of a “Q&A” series designed to offer additional information around credentialing based on some of the most frequently asked questions. We hope you find this information helpful as you consider pursuing an ADHD coaching credential!


I’ve taken general coach training as well as ADHD Coach training, and I have a little less than 100 client coaching hours. I would like to apply for an ADHD Coaching credential as soon as possible. What IAAC credential would likely be the one I should pursue, and what are the requirements?


The Associate Certified ADHD Coach (ACAC) credential would be the best fit for the ADHD Coach who is actively engaged in ADHD Coaching, but considered to be at the minimum level of skill, knowledge and experience for an ADHD Coach.

While there are two paths for pursuing this credential, there are several requirements in common. Both pathways require:

  1. Actively engaged in ADHD Coaching at the time of the credential application;
  2. A minimum one year of ADHD Coaching experience;
  3. 100 hours minimum ADHD-related client coaching;
  4. Minimum five clients receiving ADHD related coaching;
  5. A minimum of 30 ADHD Coach training hours;
  6. A minimum of 60 hours of general, personal or professional coach training;
  7. Passing an oral exam that demonstrates a basic knowledge of the IAAC Core Competencies and a beginner’s level of skill in ADHD Coaching that reflects application of the competencies in a live coaching assessment.

Additional requirements for each pathway to certification.

Pathway 1 requires proof of having passed a training organization’s competencies, proficiencies or skills certification test, or certification from ICF, IAC or another credentialing organization.

Pathway 2 does not require the training certificate, but does require ten hours of mentor coaching in preparation for the oral exam.

The ACAC credential is a terrific opportunity for the beginning-level ADHD Coach who recognizes the value of meeting and maintaining a common set of proficiencies, values and competencies around the ADHD Coaching process, and as such, wants to signal this commitment to their clients and the wider community.

Are you a more advanced ADHD Coach? The IAAC offers two other credentials for those who have enhanced their ADHD Coaching skill with additional training and client coaching hours: the Certified ADHD Coach (CAC) and the Senior Certified ADHD Coach (SCAC).

Look for more information about becoming an IAAC ADHD credentialed coach here, or contact Linda Taylor, the IAAC Credentialing Commissioner at ltaylor@adhdcoachinstitute.org