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Can I legally call myself a "Certified Executive Function Coach" after completing the course?

Updated: Oct 23, 2023

We recently received this question from someone interested in learning more about EFCA's coaching program:

I know there is no governing board or licensing agency for executive function coaches, but I am interested in your Executive Function Coach Certification Program. Is that available for purchase? Is one legally allowed to call themselves a "Certified Executive Function Coach" after the completion of the course?

Navigating the landscape of coaching certifications can be complex, especially when it comes to emerging fields like Executive Function coaching.

This article aims to clarify some of the common questions surrounding the certification process, legalities, and accreditation standards.

If you have specific legal concerns or questions about using the title "Certified Executive Function Coach," we strongly recommend consulting with a local attorney to gain an in-depth understanding of the legal implications within your jurisdiction.

Now, let's dive into your most pressing questions.

Is one legally allowed to call themselves a "Certified Executive Function Coach" after the completion of the course?

Yes, once you complete our program you can refer to yourself as an Executive Function coach certified through the Executive Function Coaching Academy.

The Certified Executive Function Coaching Masterclass Series offered by EFCA is accredited by the Qualified Tutors Accreditation process.

While the course aims to provide comprehensive training in the field of executive function coaching, it has not undergone a formal review process by other accrediting organizations to ensure it meets specific educational or industry standards, such as the International Coach Federation (ICF).

One reason for this is because Executive Function coaching is a relatively new field and as an industry leader, we are in the process of setting the standards for what high-quality looks like in this field.

If accreditation is important to you, you may consider exploring coaching courses that are accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF) or similar reputable organizations.

What is the ICF?

The ICF is a globally recognized body that sets rigorous standards for coaching education and offers a variety of accredited programs. By choosing an ICF-accredited course, you ensure that your certification is widely recognized and meets established professional standards.

However, many ICF programs are general and not specific to executive function coaching.

Can I purchase the program?

The program is not available for purchase. It is run throughout the year as a live course and to get updates on when the next enrollment window will be opening, you can subscribe to this email list.


The journey to becoming a Certified Executive Function Coach offers exciting opportunities to profoundly impact the lives of students and families.

With emerging fields like Executive Function coaching, it's crucial to understand the nuances surrounding certification, legal titles, and accreditation standards.

While the Executive Function Coaching Academy offers a specialized training program accredited by the Qualified Tutors Accreditation process, those interested in globally recognized credentials may also consider options like the International Coach Federation (ICF).

It's an exciting time to enter this burgeoning field, and whether you opt for EFCA's program or another path, the key is to select a course that aligns with both your career goals and ethical considerations.

If you have any legal concerns about the use of professional titles, we strongly recommend consulting a local attorney to clarify your rights and responsibilities within your jurisdiction.

Thank you for reading, and we wish you all the best as you embark on your journey to become an exceptional Executive Function Coach!

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About the author

Sean G. McCormick is the founder of Executive Function Specialists, an online coaching business that guides middle, high school, and college students in overcoming procrastination, disorganization and anxiety by teaching time management, prioritization and communication skills so they feel motivated, prepared, and empowered.

He also founded the Executive Function Coaching Academy which trains special education teachers, school psychologists and other professionals to support students with AD/HD and executive function challenges.

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