Accrediting Bodies & Recognised Trainings
When you are looking for an NLP Practitioner qualification have you wondered who the accrediting bodies are? Have you wondered who the ANLP, AIP, ABNLP, INLPTA are and what they stand for?
What exactly is NLP Practitioner Certification or NLP master Practitioner certification? Which NLP trainers, NLP training schools, or NLP trainers are certified? Which accredited NLP courses should I look for? These questions are uppermost in the minds of potential delegates wanting to study NLP. The information on this page is my attempt to answer these questions as accurately as possible
In the world of NLP training, there is no official government or legally agreed standard and no internationally agreed certification standard. There is also no official or agreed course content and there is wide variation in number of training days or levels of competency (this applies both within the UK and abroad).
There are a number of groups, organisations, and associations, and governing bodies who have set up their own standards by creating certification and accreditation schemes in order to reflect how they believe NLP should be taught, practiced and accredited.
These organisations often differ considerably in their opinion and objectives. Each organisation usually has a different set of criteria and none are mandatory to join or achieve training through. Many training providers choose not to affiliate themselves with any certification or accreditation bodies.
Certification and Accreditation has for over 20 years, been hotly debated and disputed and there is still much debate as to how the profession and the NLP training should be organised and structured. There is still much confusion in the market place as to which training provider offer the right level of training or who has the correct levels of accreditation. The simple answer is that there is currently no ‘right’ answer. It is all down to personal choice of the trainer and the potential student.
There are many organisations that promote NLP or who accredit or recognise various training schools. There are some trainers who have also set up their own accrediting organisation. This is often so hat they can accredit themselves. This is widely thought to be a poor regulatory process. So how do you know what these organisations stand for?
I can provide some basic information here that will help you decide on some of the leading NLP organisations. It is also important that you do your own research but most importantly that you contact a few of the organisations and ask the questions you need answering.
The Association for NLP
ANLP Accreditation Scheme. The 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. They will accredit various training programs from 7 day NLP training up to 20+ days. Everyone receives the same level of accreditation.
It is worth noting that some accredited NLP training will contain three elements. NLP, Hypnosis and Time Line Therapy. With all three being delivered in seven days. So on average just over two days on each subject. Many trainers now believe this is far to short and the minimum training at practitioner level should be seven days of dedicated NLP training.
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.
Here is what ANLP have as a guide of ethics about themselves:
1. ANLP does not and will never affiliate with any specific NLP professional, training body or organisation. ANLP prides itself on its inclusive and neutral accreditation policy as laid out below.
2. ANLP places no hierarchical value on who its members trained with or for how long they have trained. We believe that it is quality and skill of practice that count every time when it comes to accreditation by us.
3. ANLP places value only on best practice, which is determined by the quality of skills of the person who is seeking accredited membership of ANLP, and is proven by hours worked and testimonials gained and given in proof to ANLP.
4. ANLP works with a body of legislators from all NLP backgrounds to resolve any disputes that may arise, and to decide the issue of Trainers Accreditation for ANLP. All other levels of accreditation are determined by the level of qualification an interested party already holds with their chosen training body. No membership decisions are made directly by the employees of ANLP, and all membership level requirements are freely available for anyone to see on the website. If you would like more information on this please contact us.
5. It is entirely possible for anyone holding an NLP qualification to become a member of ANLP.
6. The level of training a person has undergone will be reflected in the nature of their membership. The reason for this is that ANLP is the number one port of call for the majority of members of the general public seeking to find training in NLP, and we are not in the business of misrepresentation. This policy is totally non-negotiable. Any disputes will be dealt with by our adjudicating body.
7. Anyone who meets the required levels of training can become an ANLP Accredited Trainer. In some cases ANLP will also consider accrediting particular trainings rather than individuals, if said training meets the guidelines laid out for best practice, in terms of hours taught and testimonials given. Again, accreditation of training is won through approval by our Accreditation Board and not through personal opinion.
8. ANLP has no political axe to grind and endorses no divisive policies, factions, or any in fighting that has marred ANLP as an organisation in its past. It will not involve itself in any such activities and will take steps to bar any such activity in its name, or through any of its mouth pieces.
9. ANLP is dedicated to working towards a unified, harmonious future for the NLP community, working in its best interests and promoting its benefits to an interested general public.
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 intra-psychic, 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. For AIP approved training institute please click below.
Benefits of Becoming an AIP Approved Institute - 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) Accreditation 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 graduates. Your graduate data base remains your own. - We do not provide Accreditation referral fees to training companies so that AIP’s certification process can remain as objective as possible.
For a A.I.P. Recognised trainer please click the link below.
The Professional Guild of NLP
The Professional Guild of NLP is an association for like-minded professional NLP Training Organisations and Individual practitioners who have been trained by them. Non commercial and not for profit, the Guild seeks to provide an interface between quality NLP training and the public at large.
Completely independent of any one school, lead trainer or mindset, its strength lies in attracting members who share the same values of integrity, skills and quality, whilst promoting the differences that make each member organisation unique.
The Guild is committed to forward thinking development, through its support of national and international initiatives. In addition, it provides a progression route for recently qualified NLP Trainers to establish their own business as a bona fide recognised NLP Training Organisation.
Through its Individual Members’ Register, the Guild provides a platform for the students of its member organisations to position themselves in the public domain and within the NLP community.
The Guild’s activities are encapsulated in its website which has been designed to promote training for people who are serious about learning NLP. Its database of like-for-like Training Organisation profiles, lets the enquirer search targeted information ‘under one roof.’
The register of Individual Members enables them to promote their activities and practice as well as facilitate networking and co-operative ventures.
Background to the Guild
In the early 80’s when NLP training was being formally introduced into the UK, an NLP Practitioner Certificate meant that the holder had successfully completed a minimum of 120 hour direct training.
In recent years, a wider range of formats and methods of delivery, specifically in the area of NLP Practitioner certification, has been introduced. And at the same time, more new material has been developed to add to the possible content.
In 2003, a group of established NLP Training Providers came together with the desire to assert an independent profile. This group of Founder Members were committed to maintaining the original provision of a minimum of 120 hours of direct training, in no less than 18 days. They reason that NLP is a skill which requires supervised practice, and the more time that can be given to this learning the more effective the learning can be.
It may be more commercially attractive to offer shorter provision, or to substitute audio and video materials for direct experience. Yet Guild members value the integrity of NLP too much, to endorse such practices. Experience confirms time and again that Learners gain so much more from their extended exposure to NLP thinking, practice and development.
The original group of diverse providers are typical of the overall Guild membership. Fiercely independent, and rightly proud of their uniqueness, these founder members united in their commitment to formulate a Code of Practice and agree Core Content as well as supporting the establishment of this website which is the Guild’s focal point.
From the original group of nine, more Training Providers have joined the membership. As significantly their NLP learners are keen to know that their certificate holds international weight and has enduring credibility
For a Guild on NLP Trainer please click the link below.
What does CPD mean and why undertake CPD Training.
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 folder or portfolio documenting your development as a professional. Some organisations use it to mean a training or development plan while others use it as a record of the individuals continued commitment to training.
What is it for?
The CPD process helps you manage your own development on an ongoing basis. Its 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
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.
- For CPD training that is accredited please visit
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.
Standards: 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)
Created by: Wyatt Woodsmall. Head Office: Virginia, USA
INLPTA Standard Diploma Prerequisites: None
NLP Practitioner Prerequisites:
None (INLPTA Diploma counts towards study hours) INLPTA Standards:
130 hours tuition over a period of a minimum 15 days (recommended 18 days) formal classroom training. Certificates:
Must be signed by an INLPTA Registered Trainer and carry the INLPTA seal. Enables:
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.
Certificates: To be signed by an INLPTA Trainer.
There continues to be change in the world of NLP and training requirements and standards are frequently being updated. There is no recognised standard and no official accrediting bodies. The organisations above have taken some responsibility for generating credible standards and are to be recognised for making the effort to do this.
It has to be recognised however that all these organisations are individual businesses and have no legal standing in the accreditation of NLP generally.