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

This article, describing the IAAC ADHD Coach Certification, has been excerpted, with permission, from the original article entitled ADHD Coaching Is Not a ‘Hang YOUR Shingle Here’ Business by Harold R. Meyer And Susan Lasky. Copyright 2006-2012, by The ADD Resource Center, addrc@mail.com. All Rights Reserved.

The Institute For the Advancement of ADHD Coaching (IAAC)

  1. C.A.C. (Certified ADHD Coach) granted by the IAAC

To earn this certification, a coach must be actively engaged in ADHD coaching at the time of application and meet the following requirements:

  • two years of ADHD coaching experience;
  • 500 hours of ADHD-related client coaching (15 clients minimum and 50 hours maximum of pro bono coaching);
  • 65 hours minimum of ADHD coach training, as well as
  • 60 hours minimum of general personal and professional coach training.

In addition, the applicant must pass written and oral exams demonstrating the use and knowledge of IAAC Core Competencies. These include ethics and conduct, knowledge of ADHD and ADD, and the ability to ask questions that move the client toward his goals.

2. S.C.A.C. (Senior Certified ADHD Coach) granted by the IAAC

For this certification, a professional must be actively engaged in ADHD coaching at the time of application and meet the following requirements:

  • five years of ADHD coaching experience;
  • 1,500 hours of ADHD-related client coaching (40 clients minimum,
  • 150 hours maximum of pro bono coaching);
  • 65 hours minimum of ADHD coach training, as well as
  • 60 hours minimum of general personal and professional coach training.

As with the C.A.C. credential, the applicant must take written and oral exams demonstrating the use and knowledge of IAAC Core Competencies (see Certified ADHD Coach).

To learn more, contact the IAAC at www.adhdcoachinstitute.org