NLP Practitioner Standards
When you are looking for an NLP Practitioner affiliation body, who are ANLP, AIP, COMENSA, ICR, CPD, ABNLP, INLPTA or other affiliation bodies and what do they stand for?
What is NLP Practitioner Certification or NLP Practitioner Affiliation? Which NLP trainers, NLP training schools, or NLP trainers are certified? Which accredited NLP courses should I look for? These questions are often asked by people wanting to study NLP. The following page attempts to answer some of these questions and provides details of the current schemes available.
What is an NLP Practitioner Certification?
When you take an accredited NLP Practitioner Training, which fulfils the criteria for a ‘proper’ NLP course, you can gain the title “NLP Practitioner”. Any other title does not count. It’s a bit like trying to buy freshly squeezed orange juice. Some companies like to trick you by announcing their juice as “natural” or “cold pressed”. If orange juice has not been extracted in the right way, with no heating, etc. the company can not use the label “freshly squeezed”.
You can view the curriculum of NLP here – NLP full curriculum
Who Regulates NLP?
In the world of NLP training, there is no official government or legal affiliation or certification standard, no official course content, duration of training or levels of competency (this applies within the UK and outside).
There are a number of groups, organisations, associations, boards and bodies who have set up their own standard by creating certification / affiliation schemes in order to reflect how they believe NLP should be taught and practiced. These organisations often differ in their opinion. Each organisation has a different judgment and none are mandatory to join or achieve training through. Many training providers choose not to affiliate themselves with any certification or affiliation bodies.
Certification and Affiliation has, for over 20 years, been debated within the field as to how it should be organised and structured, thus there are many varying models. Confusion often arises from the public when trying to decide on which NLP training provider to train with or which training provider has the ‘right’ certification / affiliation scheme and is recognised by which group. The simple answer is that there is currently no ‘right’ answer. Its all down to personal choice after consideration.
There are many organisations that promote NLP or recognise the many different companies and have different standards; so how do you know what they stand for?
Even the research that’s out there is mostly out of date, so in the huger playing field who can you trust and what are the standards?
We will give you some information here that we intend will help you sort out your own thinking towards the kind of companies you can trust or not.
Let’s start with UKs’ own ANLP. Here’s what they say accrediting trainers:
This information is true from December 2016
ANLP Accredited & Recognised Trainers Scheme
As ANLP is an independent organisation, which is not affiliated with any specific training school, we offer a universal Accreditation Scheme which is open to all certified NLP Trainers.
Any trainer can, if they choose, go through a peer reviewed accreditation process, where they submit their training manuals and all other information relating to their course management and promotion to an independent ANLP Accreditation Panel for review.
Applicants will be required to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the models, patterns, techniques and their application in NLP. They will need to demonstrate that they have grasped the underlying attitude and flexibility that constitutes the methodologies of NLP. This will be done through assessment and evaluation.
This program is designed for trainers who require ANLP International Certification. Accreditation and recognition is based on agreement on the Core Syllabus, method of delivery, trainee support prior, during and after the training, follow up procedures, problem solving procedures, guarantees and conflict resolution procedures, ethics, promotion materials and any other issues which may affect the experience, learning and transfer of skills to a trainee. In particular, ANLP will examine any areas that may adversely affect their good name and reputation.
To apply to be an ANLP Accredited and Recognised Trainer, applicants must submit their training manual, core syllabus and promotional materials. Applicants will be required to produce at least five testimonials from students trained at least 6 months previously. Depending on the completeness of this information, the Board may request a site visit to gather further information.
When an application is successful, the Trainer becomes an ANLP Fully Accredited or Recognised Trainer (highlighted in yellow on the search facilities)
A trainer may, for any number of reasons, be awarded Provisional Accreditation as a transient step. This will usually be because the Trainer has wanted to gain Accreditation in principle, based on their application, and before the observation part of the process has taken place.
“I would like to congratulate ANLP on their recent development in comprehensive guidelines and standards for NLP Trainings and Trainers. This is much needed within the field and will aid the credibility of NLP as a powerful technology of communication excellence. It is a pleasure to endorse the standards and I look forward to supporting ANLP as they continue to facilitate members to embed the standards and ethics of quality training.”
INLPTA & Certified Trainer of NLP
Here is what ANLP have as a guide of ethics about themselves
All members of ANLP International CIC shall:
1. Respect the dignity and worth of every human being, and their right to self-determination.
2. Strive to act with integrity, independence and impartiality, avoiding conflicts of interests and acting in accordance with the presuppositions of NLP.
3. Represent themselves, their qualifications, experience and membership of professional bodies honestly, and also (to the best of their knowledge) the skills, qualifications and experience of any third party to whom they refer any of their clients.
4. Recognise their scope of practice and only practise NLP within the limits of their competency and to their highest possible standards.
5. Strive to act within an ecological gframework to ensure the safety of their client at all times.
6. Represent NLP interventions as an option and at no time as a certain solution for any given problem.
7. Act as ambassadors for NLP, so that it is presented as a professional and effective approach which can help people and organisations; avoiding bringing NLP into disrepute.
8. Act as ambassadors for ANLP, to promote its purposes and activities to a wider audience; avoiding bringing ANLP into disrepute.
9. Respect legitimate needs and requirements for confidentiality.
10. Respect the variety of different styles of NLP and complementary professions.
11. Promote fellow Members` interests and avoid soliciting other Members` clients away from them.
12. Ensure that clients` expectations, and the basis on which they will be met, are understood by both parties and that contractual arrangements are not changed without appropriate discussion.
13. Act within the law and not encourage, assist, or collude with others engaged in unlawful conduct.
14. Declare to ANLP any criminal conviction (except motoring conviction resulting in points on licence), and professional complaint against them or any other matter which may effect their ANLP membership, good conduct or practice in any way.
15. Members (above Associate level) have an ongoing requirement to update their skills and knowledge, through Mentorship and/or pursuing recognised CPD requirements.
ANLP recommends that no member works with people under the age of 18, or vulnerable adults, unless they are specifically qualified to do so, and have appropriate clearance with national vetting procedures in their country(ies) of practice.
To see Terry Elston’s ANLP status click here
Now the AIP (NLP, Time empowerment and Hypnosis)
What is the Association for Integrative Psychology?
The purpose of the Association for Integrative Psychology (AIP), Inc. is to promote awareness and acceptance of complementary, alternative, and integrative approaches to human behavior as viable ways to facilitate change. It was founded in 2005 by Matthew B. James, MA, PhD.
AIP’s Organizational Objectives
- A) Provide an affiliation organization for practitioners of a variety of integrative approaches to human behavior, as well as affiliates from the general public who have an interest in Integrative Psychology.
- B) Promote cooperation, communication, and coordination between professionals using varying approaches to facilitating change.
- C) Provide a journal, forums, conferences, and other mechanisms for the exchange of information and ideas among professionals working in the fields represented by Integrative Psychology.
- D) Promote research and knowledge about the mind/body connection and methods of changing human behavior.
- E) Set standards for levels of certification for Integrative Psychology professionals.
- F) Provide certification for professionals who have received training in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy, and other fields determined by the organization as falling within the scope of Integrative Psychology.
- G) Approve training programs and their curriculum as meeting standards for certification.
- H) Maintain and publish a directory of affiliates.
What is Integrative Psychology?
Integrative Psychology is a branch of study and practice that seeks to unite traditional medicine, psychology, and other alternative and complementary approaches. Integrative Psychology studies the affective, cognitive, behavioral, and psychological aspects of human behavior, including social, developmental, and cultural influences. Although in clinical practice one or more of these areas may be addressed, the aim of Integrative Psychology is to facilitate wholeness. To do this, an integrative practitioner addresses the intrapsychic, interpersonal, and spiritual functioning of the individual within the context of their culture.
A variety of disciplines and approaches are represented within the field of Integrative Psychology including: medicine, osteopathic medicine, acupuncture, chiropractic medicine, naturopathic medicine, homeopathic medicine, dentistry, nursing, psychology, social work, sociology, theology/religion, transpersonal studies, anthropology, spirituality, quantum physics, linguistics, hypnosis, political science, education, and many others.
The Association for Integrative Psychology, Inc. was formed to encourage holistic approaches and integration in the fields which study human behavior and its change.
What is an AIP Approved Institute Certification?
An AIP Approved Institute (AI) is an AIP approved, certified Trainer who is awarded certification recognition for having a training curriculum and testing that meets or exceeds AIP standards. These AI’s are required to have their curriculum and testing periodically reviewed to make sure that their information remains as current as possible and that they still meet or exceed AIP standards.
Benefits of Becoming an AIP Approved Institute
– Your graduates can easily become Board certified by AIP because your training(s) is/are pre-approved and you have already verified their identity. Your graduates only need to send in to AIP a copy of their completion certificate from you, a completed AIP application form, and payment.
– You only pay one (1) affiliation fee annually since AIP is one (1) organization that offers certifications in several modalities.
– AIP operates as if it is a not-for-profit organization. Therefore, we do not market or endorse trainings to your graduates. Your graduate data base remains your own.
– We do not provide affiliation referral fees to training companies so that AIP’s certification process can remain as objective as possible.
This is what Comensa says about it’s vision:
COMENSA’s core purpose is to empower coaches and mentors to make a positive contribution to the people of South Africa.
Our mission is to support professional practice and a learning culture in coaching and mentoring through standards and ethics.
Our vision is to empower people to achieve their full potential in a consciousness of sustainable well-being.
COMENSA’s objective is to be the inclusive, umbrella professional association representing the coaching and mentoring professions in South Africa.
As a professional association we expect and require all our members to operate with the following values: Integrity; Ethics; Accountability; Inclusivity and Professionalism.
International Coaches Register: Certified NLP-coach
The certified NLP-coach uses NLP techniques in the coaches process.
The compulsory educational requirements apply for all certified NLP coaches:
General higher or academic education.
Completed accredited profesional NLP course
Alternatively, at the full discretion of ICR Coach Register the coach shows proof of an equal knowledge and experience level.
The CPD requirements apply for all certified NLP coaches.
All ICR coaches have to comply with the rules for the right of complaint and disciplinary action, the code of professional conduct and the procedure requirements.
“What does your profile look like?”
What does CPD mean?
CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. It refers to the process of tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge and experience that you gain both formally and informally as you work, beyond any initial training. It’s a record of what you experience, learn and then apply. The term is generally used to mean a physical folder or portfolio documenting your development as a professional. Some organisations use it to mean a training or development plan, which I would argue is not strictly accurate. This article is about CPD as a process of recording and reflecting on learning and development.
What is it for?
The CPD process helps you manage your own development on an ongoing basis. It’s function is to help you record, review and reflect on what you learn. It’s not a tick-box document recording the training you have completed. It’s broader than that.
Training and development – what’s the difference?
These terms are often used interchangeably, though there is a distinction. As a rule of thumb, training is formal and linear. It’s to do with learning how to do something specific, relating to skill and competence. Training can be as simple as using a PC application and as complex as learning how to be a pilot. Development is often informal and has a wider application, giving you the tools to do a range of things and relating to capability and competency. It involves progression from basic know-how to more advanced, mature or complex understanding. Alternatively it can be about widening your range of transferable skills like leadership, managing projects or organising information.
The key features of the CPD process
To justify the name, a CPD needs to:
- be a documented process
- be self-directed: driven by you, not your employer
- focus on learning from experience, reflective learning and review
- help you set development goals and objectives
- include both formal and informal learning.
What will it do for you?
A CPD may be a requirement of membership of a professional body. It can help you to reflect, review and document your learning and to develop and update your professional knowledge and skills. It is also very useful to:
- provides an overview of your professional development to date
- reminds you of your achievements and how far you’ve progressed
- directs your career and helps you keep your eye on your goals
- uncovers gaps in your skills and capabilities
- Opens up further development needs
- provides examples and scenarios for a CV or interview
- demonstrates your professional standing to clients and employers
- helps you with your career development or a possible career change.
Here is what ABNLP says about itself:
The American Board of NLP was founded in 1995 by Dr. A. M. Krasner as an adjunct to the American Board of Hypnotherapy and has functioned as its sister organization since then. We have a convention every February on President’s Day weekend in Newport Beach with the ABH. Today we have over 500 institutes worldwide approved at the Trainer Level of NLP, and thousands of members. We believe in NLP and we believe in Hypnosis as being most excellent ways of creating our own personal growth and development.
Through-out the world, the standards for each of the membership levels below are pretty much the same. For example, an NLP training in Australia, the UK or Germany is very much like an NLP Practitioner Training in the United States. Each of the Certified Trainers will cover the same content as is outlined on the pages below. What differs is style of presentation, length of time, use of computer graphics and the use of multi-media learning options. Through-out the world compliance with these standards is voluntary, and so you will also find people teaching NLP who do not adhere to these standards. We highly recommend our Approved Institutes and when you see the seal of the ABNLP, below, you can be sure that this high level of excellence has been subscribed to by the Training Institute.
International NLP Training Association (INLPTA)
INLPTA Standard Diploma
None (INLPTA Diploma counts towards study hours)
130 hours tuition over a period of a minimum 15 days (recommended 18 days) formal classroom training.
Must be signed by an INLPTA Registered Trainer and carry the INLPTA seal.
Practitioners may use NLP techniques for business or personal development and counseling. Certificate entitles them to membership of their National Association for NLP (the ANLP in the UK) and Graduate Membership of INLPTA.
Professional Guild of NLP
Fran Burgess & Derek Jackson.
As a result of the change in the role of ANLP the body had become less relevant to those training providers who wanted a central body overseeing standards and giving potential NLP students guidance of how to select a reliable and professional training body.
As a result the Professional Guild of NLP was formed at a meeting in May 2003 near Birmingham. Pegasus NLP along with 8 other of the UK’s most respected and long established NLP training providers, founded the Guild to provide such a resource for the NLP community.
Members of the Professional Guild of NLP agree to adhere to common principles, share a common training approach and code of ethics, and recognise one another’s trainings. The Guild now has around 20 Member organisations in England, Wales, Scotland and Australia.
Professional Guild Standard
Prerequisites NLP Training Organisation teaching 120 hours contact time practitioner courses.
Practitioner Standard: NLP Practitioner Trainings are a minimum of 120 contact hours.
NLP Trainers Training Standard:
NLP Training Organisation teaching 120 hours contact time practitioner courses.
NLP Practitioner Standards:
AIP, ANLP, CDP, ABNLP, INLPTA, ICR, Comensa