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

Credentialing News: From The Institute for the Advancement of ADHD Coaching

The Institute for the Advancement of ADHD Coaching (IAAC) successfully launched the first global credentialing process in 2009 and we continue to work to support coaches who are dedicated to working with ADHD clients.

In 2010, IAAC is taking The Institute and ADHD credentialing to the next level through the development of some new initiatives.  These initiatives will more closely align us with our mission by assisting coaches in their desire to move into the credentialing path sooner while making it easier for current credential holders to maintain their credentialing status.

To achieve these goals, IAAC is taking the following actions:

First: Implementing an entry-level gateway to credentialing for new ADHD Coaches or more established coaches who wish to enter the ADHD credentialing process and have not yet completed the training required for the ACAC designation (first level of full IAAC credential status).

The Affiliate Coach Credential in Progress (ACCP) is a new, entry-level designation that will signal to the coaching community, clients and affiliate professionals that coaches in this program are aligned with the IAAC Core Competencies and that they are following a path toward a full IAAC ADHD Coaching Credential.  Applications are accepted any time during the year for a processing fee of $100, followed by an annual fee of $100 to maintain the Affiliate credential.  All coaches accepted into this program are required to upgrade to an ACAC, CAC or SCAC credential within five years.

ACCP Program Requirements

  • Training:  30 hours of AD/HD Coach training and/or general coach training, or a Combination, with a minimum of 10 hours of ADHD coach training.
  • Formal letter of recommendation to receive ACCP designation:  Letter from the coach trainer for a coaching training program attended.
  • Client requirements:  Minimum one paid and maximum one pro bono for total of two
  • Client coaching Hours:  Minimum of 15 hours, five of which may be pro bono
  • ACCP Program Launch:  The ACCP program is projected to launch on August 15 of this year. For additional information, please go to our website at www.adhdcoachinstitute.org

Second: Implementing an annual credentialing fee of $150 which must be paid each year in order to maintain the level of credential that has been awarded.  This requirement is separate from the Affiliate Coach Credential in Progress (ACCP) program.  The annual credentialing fee MUST be paid in order to keep a credential in good standing.  The annual credentialing fee will include a directory listing and will take the place of the annual membership fee. For this year, a partial fee of $50 due August 31, 2010 will be required to sustain existing Credentials, with the annual fee of $150 due by January 31 of each year, commencing in 2011

Third: All full IAAC credentials will be extended from a three year expiration to a five year expiration period.  So, if your credential runs out at the end of 2011, your renewal window is automatically extended to 2013.  Details about meeting the continuing education requirements and renewal application fee can be found online.

PLEASE NOTE:  Even though the renewal period has been extended, the annual fee of $150 must be paid to maintain the current credential.

Fourth: ACAC, CAC and SCAC credentialing applications will now be accepted two times per year, in April and October.

Fifth: Membership will continue to be available for coaches and professional affiliates interested in supporting the IAAC, but is not a requirement to maintain an IAAC credential.  The annual cost of membership is $150 effective January 1, 2011.

The IAAC is the worldwide credentialing body for ADHD coaches who share a common goal of pursuing excellence in ADHD coaching.  Accordingly, the Institute welcomes all who share this goal and encourages those who desire an ADHD coaching credential to apply for one of the four credential levels available.