Coach Training Overview

The Edge Foundation requires that Edge Coaches complete 60 hours of ICF-accredited coach training. In addition, all Edge Coaches must complete the JST 35-hour ICF-accredited coach training program, Coaching Teens and College Students with ADHD.

A prospective coach who has not completed the 60-hour ICF accredited training plus the training for coaching teens and college students with ADHD can choose where they take the 60-hour class.  You have the option to complete JST’s Empowering Students Through Coaching; this course includes Coaching Teens and College Students with ADHD.

Alternatively, you can choose to take any 60-hour or longer ICF-accredited coach training course, such as Fasttrack, CTI, iPec, Coachville, Mentor Coach, ADDCA, and then take the JST course Coaching Teens and College Students with ADHD.

Coaching Teens & College Students with ADHD provides 35 hours of training; 20 hours via weekly video conference and 15 hours self-study. There is an optional three-day intensive training option available.

  • Covers skills and strategies for effective coaching of teens and young adults with executive functioning issues in and out of academic settings.
  • Each participant is required to complete self-study assignments and weekly buddy coaching practices outside of class.
  • Weekly in-class coaching practices with role playing to sharpen your skills.
  • Classes will be recorded for your review.
  • Certificate of completion will be provided with 35 training hours for ICF or CCE-Global.
  • Individualized attention in small, 15-student classes.
  • Empowering Students Through Coaching is an 80-hour ICF approved coach training program best suited for individuals without prior coach training. This course includes 10 hours of mentoring required by ICF.  Note: this course includes Coaching Teens & College Students with ADHD, Coaching Children, and the 60-hour ICF requirement for Core Coach Training Hours.
  • Coaches are responsible for all book purchases.

Edge Coach Qualifications

All of our Edge Coaches are well-trained life coaches who receive additional specialized training in coaching young people with executive functioning challenges that can come from many causes, including ADHD or adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). We promise our clients that our coaches meet some of the most rigorous standards in the business. If they choose to work with an Edge Coach, they know they will be in good hands.

Below are the requirements to become an Edge Coach.

1) Documentation that you have completed at least one of the following training or certification options:

  • Empowering Students Through Coaching, an 80-hour course delivered by JST Coaching & Training. Note: this course includes Coaching Teens & College Students with ADHD, Coaching Children and the 60-hour ICF requirement for Core Coach Training Hours.
  • ICF certification (ACC, PCC, or MCC)
  • Graduation from an ICF-accredited school with at least 60 hours of training, or completion of at least 60 hours of ICF-approved training, or received a Board Coach Credential (BCC) from the Center for Credentialing Education.

Also, coaches who have not completed Empowering Students through Coaching must provide a certificate of completion of the course Coaching Teens & College Students with ADHD, the distance learning or in-person option delivered by JST Coaching & Training.

2) In addition to your training, you must also have the following level of coaching experience:

  • Minimum of two years of experience as an active coach, and
  • Minimum of 10 active or current clients.

Note: Those who meet the life coach training requirement but who do not yet meet the experience requirements are still eligible for our Associate Edge Coach program. Please be sure to ask for details when you contact us.