ANLP Criteria for Virtual Training

The Covid-19 pandemic has created a ‘new normal’ where many NLP trainers have had to move their training courses to a virtual environment.

ANLP Criteria for Virtual Training

The Covid-19 pandemic has created a ‘new normal’ where many NLP trainers have had to move their training courses to a virtual environment.

This is still very different to simply doing ‘online' training!

ANLP rules on membership requirements have not changed. A Practitioner Training still requires a minimum of 50 hours face to face training – it is the definition of what constitutes ‘face to face’ that has changed.

For a virtual training to be considered acceptable for ANLP membership or ANLP Accreditation, the following criteria must be met:

Virtual Training Criteria

  • The training is delivered live (i.e. not a recording)
  • Students must attend the training live, ie as it is being delivered
  • The training should include all the usual elements it would include if it were being delivered in situ e.g. demos, Q&A sessions, practice
  • There are opportunities for students to practice and be observed practicing in small groups eg by using breakout rooms
  • The Student:Assistant ratio must be sufficient to ensure that adequate supervision of students can be maintained at all times.  
  • The trainer must observe every student practicing in a live, interactive situation as part of their certification assessment. [It is insufficient to simply assess student recordings, written work or case studies without any live observation of student practice.]
  • The trainer must provide sufficient support for students, to compensate for the fact they are not in the same room as the trainer. ‘Sufficient support’ can include:
    • Recording the training sessions so students can revisit the session later
    • Leaving the chat room open during breaks so students can interact with each other and the trainers/assistants
    • Hosting additional ‘informal’ sessions eg coffee break chats or evening gatherings
    • Providing opportunities for students to raise follow up questions with the trainer
  • Ensure any certificates issued include a reference to the training being virtual or part virtual**
  • Check with your insurance company to ensure you are covered for online training and coaching.

Ecology Checks Required

  • Ensure potential students are adequately pre-screened to ascertain their suitability for training in a virtual environment
  • Ensure sufficient pre-framing is done prior to the course commencing.
  • Provide pre course materials (which can include videos and pre-recorded materials) so the students have some knowledge embedded before they meet in the virtual training environment for the first time.
  • Ensure all demos and practice sessions deal with ‘surface level’ presenting challenges, rather than deep level ie deal with challenges that would score 3/10 rather than 9/10, to ensure the safety of students in an environment that is not as easy to control as a live, in situ training would be.
  • There must be due consideration for certain elements of the course, that require the training to be adapted for a virtual environment e.g. Timeline, kinaesthetic anchors – if there are any concerns, consider offering these elements as follow up courses.

These criteria, published on 12th June 2020, replace the temporary guidelines introduced in March 2020.  

​​​​​​​**this requirement does not apply to any certificate issued by an ANLP Accredited Trainer, which includes an ANLP seal.