NLP Certification Structure

Whilst NLP is an unregulated profession, it does have a universally agreed certification structure, some of which have prerequisites...

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NLP Certification Structure

Whilst NLP is an unregulated profession, it does have a universally agreed certification structure, which is progressive and at certain levels, does require completion of previous certification.

Introduction

This can be as short as an evening or last a number of days. Introduction courses provide you with a way to find out if NLP is for you and whether you like the trainer`s style.

Diploma or Foundation

This is usually a two to four day course although this is dependent on the training company. A foundation course should cover some of the basic methodologies of NLP, including the management of your emotional state, an introduction to language patterns, creating and maintaining rapport and other useful tools. You may receive a certificate at the end of the course - evidence that you have demonstrated an understanding of the content and have an ability to maintain rapport with other participants.

Practitioner

There are a variety of different training formats available today and the most important principle to grasp is that one training course, however long or short, will not make you a skillful practitioner. Becoming proficient with NLP requires practice of the right skills over time. ANLP are particularly interested in promoting the importance of Continuous Professional Development and their levels of membership reflect that focus. To make sure that you are practicing the right skills, it is important that the company with whom you choose to do your training thoroughly cover the basics that make up NLP.

Master Practitioner

Master Practitioner does require certification at Practitioner level. It generally builds on the Practitioner material in far more depth, especially modelling, language, and considerable new material. Students develop skills to change beliefs and values in themselves and others in a way that fits their lifestyle, family and work systems.

Some Master Practitioner courses include modelling projects. These projects should focus on modelling real expertise and not mediocrity. Modelling mediocrity will only produce mediocrity and teach you nothing about the real power of modelling excellence. Although these courses give you a basic understanding of the modelling process, you would be wise to take an advanced modelling course if you wish to specialise in this area.

Trainer

It is widely accepted in the NLP Community that in order to deliver NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner courses, the trainer should hold a certified NLP Trainers certificate themselves. So, for those people who would like to be able to deliver NLP Practitioner training themselves, the next step is to take an NLP Trainers Training Course.

Trainers Training will equip you with the skills you need to be able to demonstrate NLP techniques and teach others to experience NLP. You will learn about course structure and presentation skills. In order to undertake Trainers Training you do require certification at Master Practitioner level.

Very few people in the UK are recognised as being able to deliver Trainers Training. Please check our guidance on Master Trainers.

Master Trainer

Only a Master Trainer of NLP, or someone who has reached the equivalent standard within the Professional Guild, can deliver NLP Trainers Training and issue an NLP Trainer's certificate to an NLP trainer.

There are very few Master Trainers in the UK and ANLP has worked with all the other recognised NLP certification bodies in the UK to compile a set of clear Master Trainer criteria required in order for someone to be recognised as an NLP Master Trainer. Some certification bodies have their own criteria, in addition to these minimum critera, for achieving Master Trainer status and these criteria are also recognised by ANLP for Master Trainer status.