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You may like the idea that gaining an NLP certification means you can help others tackle phobias and anxiety disorders and transform their thoughts and actions to create a better life for themselves and their loved ones. However, you may be unsure of how exactly NLP training works. You want to help people, but maybe you are unsure where to start.
Perhaps you know someone who specialises in NLP, or Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Or maybe you have done some research and are starting to seriously consider becoming an NLP practitioner as a possible career path.
Either way, you need to learn as much as you can about your options when it comes to choosing an NLP certification, so you can select the best training course for you and ensure you're not investing your time and money on a sub-par course.
Let me explain further.
When you take an accredited NLP Practitioner Training, which fulfills 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 cannot use the label “freshly squeezed."
In the world of NLP training, there is no official government or legal affiliation, certification standard, official course content, duration of the training, or levels of competency (this applies within Australia and outside).
There are a number of groups, organisations, associations, boards, and bodies that have set their own standards by creating certification and affiliation schemes in order to reflect how they believe NLP should be taught and practiced. These organisations often differ in their opinions. Each organisation has a different judgment, and none is mandatory to join or achieve training through. Many training providers choose not to affiliate themselves with any certification or affiliation bodies.
Certification and affiliation have, for over 20 years, been debated within the field as to how it should be organised and structured. There are many different 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." It’s all down to personal choice after consideration.
We will give you some information here that we intend to use to help you sort out your own thinking about the kind of companies you can trust or not.
So, how should you gain the necessary knowledge you need to become certified in NLP?
Perhaps you are unsure about whether or not you want to pay for NLP training courses or certifications quite yet. You will likely want to invest a small amount of money in more research and determine if NLP is, in fact, a good fit for you.
NLP books are a great place to start. They will not give you an official title, but they will allow you to dip your toes in and see what NLP is truly all about. Which books should you look into to learn NLP? Here are the top books on the subject to get you started and allow you to dive into the world of Neuro-Linguistic Programming without substantial cost.
Certification and accreditation
NLP is self-regulated. This means that various organisations and governing bodies regulate the profession, but most do not have their own regulatory department. This also means that, in most cases, NLP Certification is internationally recognised. Depending on where you live, there may be professional bodies established to maintain quality standards and provide accreditation to existing NLP programs. You must often become a member by providing proof of an accredited NLP certification. From there, you must follow their standards and ethics when practicing.
There are many options for learning neuro-linguistic programming, including online and offline forms. However, it depends on you and your unique situation in which direction you go.
For example, NLP online training might be more suitable if you travel quite far for offline training. Yet, offline might work for you if you have the time to dedicate to physically going somewhere and learning the techniques and skills of NLP.
Furthermore, both online and in-person courses may help you truly master the skills and techniques of NLP during the training itself.
Ultimately, the choice is yours. Consider weighing the pros and cons of both before deciding on one or the other, as well as taking into account your unique situation.
NLP certification means that you’ve received a certificate from one of the key NLP certification bodies. While each society will have its own variations, certifications normally follow the path of:
Trainers and master trainers will be able to train in NLP as well as certify practitioners and master practitioners.
To some, yes; to others, no—do your own due diligence. In our opinion, it’s best to explore NLP because you'll see real-world benefit in the skills, capabilities, and models that you’ll acquire, rather than in the certificate you’ll receive.
No. For example, a practitioner certificate from a Udemy course is different from the training you will receive from the key accreditation bodies.
This doesn’t mean the Udemy course is not worth doing, but it may not count towards your next training level. Similarly, anyone can produce a certificate; if certification is important, do your own due diligence as to the accreditation body.
Which NLP certification is best? If you’re looking for the very best NLP certification, look for training providers whose certificates are countersigned by one of the two co-creators of NLP, Richard Bandler or John Grinder. They created NLP and have continually developed the field for over 40 years. Their signatures are the best guarantee that you’re getting the very best NLP training.
If you’re using NLP to improve your life and work, then I’d recommend you focus on what will give you the best skill set and what will help you generate the best results for you. You can still get some really excellent results. However, while I’d suggest this as your priority, it can feel really good to have a certificate from one of the leading trainers and leading associations.
If you’re planning to become an NLP professional, such as an NLP trainer and/or NLP coach, then I’d recommend that you attend as much training as you can, and over time, work through the various certification levels. While there may be a number of good non-certified practitioners and trainers, I’d be cautious. As with all investments, do your own due diligence before choosing the provider that’s right for you.
All of our courses here at AUSPA are accredited by The Australian Society of Psychotherapy. Head over to their webpage to check them out for yourself.
Click the link below to download our NLP Course Info Brochure. After you read this, you may have your answer.