UPDATE (October 2014): The IAAC has been formally dissolved as an organization. For information on ADHD Coach Certification, click here.
Part I in a Q & A from IAAC
These two articles will go into more depth about training requirements and includes other questions that are frequently asked about the subject.
Training and experience working with individuals with AD/HD in fields such as a graduate degree or certification in education, a medical degree or a doctorate will likely be helpful in understanding AD/HD; however, the requirements set forth by the IAAC for AD/HD coach specific training requires more than non-coach training. In a previously published article about the Institute for the Advancement of AD/HD Coaching (IAAC) credential training requirements, information was provided about the application of advanced training from a non-coach training organization.
Q – What kind of training program does the IAAC offer?
A -The IAAC is a credentialing body whose sole purpose it is to establish and maintain standards that will protect and promote the field of AD/HD Coaching. As such, the Institute does not provide any general or AD/HD Coach training. From time to time the Institute will offer teleclasses to provide information about the credentialing process, or to make available information about timely issues related to the field of AD/HD Coaching or about AD/HD specifically.
Q – What coach training schools, programs or instructors do you recommend?
A – Accrediting or endorsing any one particular training school, organization, program or instructor over another is not within the mission of the Institute. The IAAC Credentialing Commission has identified very specific training criteria that are detailed on the IAAC web site and in the copy that follows below.
Over the years, many coach training schools have surfaced internationally. They appear in a variety of forms from a quick “2-days-to-certification” route, to a 2-year offering with many in between. Some are industry accredited or affiliated with certain associations or organizations, while others are independent. Some offer a certificate of completion based on testing, while others could be considered continuing education credits. Program content varies depending on the coaching focus such as life, career, personal, professional or AD/HD Coaching. As with the selection of any training, it is incumbent upon the trainee to select the training program that best suits his/her needs.
The ACO (AD/HD Coach Organization) http://www.adhdcoaches.org/education/ provides a good listing of AD/HD coach training programs.