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NLP Standards – which are most widely recognised?


I'm currently considering NLP as part of my personal development. Having done some research I've discovered that the programmes are benchmarked against a variety of standards.

Two common ones are:

The International NLP Trainers Association and The American Board of Neuro Linguistic

My question is does this matter or is it the content and learning outcomes the most important factors.

Tony Bulmer

12 Responses

  1. NLP response
    Which matters most to you to achieve the outcomes you are hoping for?


  2. NLP options
    Probably more important is the trainer/provider you choose. Go for recommendation if you can and do ask if they run short taster sessions. Geography, style of the programme and cost will also be factors.
    Watch out for the detail in the contract (one well-known provider has a clause that requires you to pay them 10% of your future earnings from NLP!!!).
    If you don’t mind being in a large group the Ian McDermott’s ITS is worth considering. Or if you live near Bristol, John Seymour has a good name. Smaller providers are a mixed bunch but do offer more small group work.
    Best of luck

  3. The Providers
    The two providers I am considering are:

    Infinite Excellence and The Learning Path.

    Infinite Excellence provide a 7 day intensive workshop, which minimises the amount of time away from home.

  4. which set of standards?
    Hi Tony
    what do you want the training/ standards to do for you? In a clinical environment there are diff requirements, if you want to take the next stage of being an accredited NLP coach then this will impact your decision.

    For me it is a set of tools which I use at diff times. Some techniques work better than others, some trainings focus on some methods more than others.

    As has been said look for:
    end goal requirements (long term)

    Big group or small group to me does not matter as long as you are clear on your agenda. One of my first NLP trainings was with a very large group (100s) but was most useful because:
    1) I had clear goals
    2) I identified people on the programme I wanted to associate with – and worked with them

    good luck – but remember it is ONLY a TOOL and not a religion!


  5. NLP Accreditation
    I have personal experience of being a member of the American Board. This only issue that I have is that it is American in that people think because it’s over the pond it isn’t worth anything here.
    I did my Practitioner & Master Practitioner in NLP, Hypnosis & Time Line Therapy with Performance Partnership based in Chiswick, West London. They offer 7 day & 14 day, respectively, intense workshops.
    It really does depend what you are looking for.
    Another recommendation is PPI Business NLP who are members of the Society for NLP (SNLP) and they regularly run taster sessions in Milton Keynes & London.

  6. standards or ‘awarding body’
    I agree with GP there are no standards but there awards that are offered by many organisations that claim to have standards. I have yet to see consistancy within one organisation let alone several that provide what I would call a standard.

    it is all about a badge and do you belong to the right ‘club’.

    If they were true standards then ‘bodies’ would recognise other providers awards – they do not – it is a great mark of capitalism and profit making – no more.


  7. NLP
    I can highly recommend Pegasus NLP who do residential courses in the new forest.

    Probably the best coutrse I have ever been on in more ways than I ever imagined.

    NLP is such a powerful tool I think you are right to give lots of consideration to who you learn from.


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