What is an NLP Practitioner? 20+ NLP Questions

What is a NLP Practitioner and Licensed NLP Practitioner Certification?

What is an NLP Practitioner? NLP Practitioner Qualification.
What is an NLP Practitioner? NLP Practitioner Qualification.

An NLP Practitioner is certified by one of the NLP certification bodies to have reached a basic standard of NLP expertise, and is normally competent to offer NLP coaching and change work. NLP coaching and change work can help you achieve many objectives, and overcome many blocks that may be holding you back.

NLP certification bodies include the Association for Neuro Linguistic Programming (ANLP), the American Board of NLP (ABNLP), the Society of NLP (SNLP), and the Professional Guild of NLP.

A licensed NLP Practitioner is certified by the SNLP and co-founder Richard Bandler to have reached a highly competent standard in NLP.

The investment to become an NLP Practitioner ranges from just £14 for a course on Udemy, through £2100 for our own 1:1 practitioner training, to several thousand of pounds for some courses. There is a significant difference in the quality of practitioner training, which is not necessarily indicated by the cost. Do your own due diligence. Udemy may be a great starting point for some, but it’s only a starting point.

What are the suggested criteria for choosing an NLP Practitioner? 

Choosing an NLP Practitioner?
Choosing an NLP Practitioner?

All the following can be useful indicators:

  • How long have they been practising? It’s a generalisation, but normally the more experience, the better.
  • What is their NLP Practitioner accreditation body? We prefer practitioner certificates countersigned by NLP co-founders Richard Bandler or John Grinder.
  • What is their previous experience and the area in which they work? Direct experience in the area where you want help is useful.
  • Do they offer free taster or discovery sessions, so you can make up  your own mind?
  • What is your gut and intuitive reaction to them: Do you trust them? Would you enjoy working with them? This can make real difference.
  • Do you have a recommendation?

 What are the suggested criteria for choosing an NLP Practitioner training programme?

Choosing your NLP Trainer
Choosing your Practitioner Trainer

We’ve a similar checklist for trainers:

  • How long has the trainer been training? The more experience the better.
  • What’s their accreditation body? We prefer practitioner certificates countersigned by NLP co-founders Richard Bandler or John Grinder.
  • What’s the length of the programme. Like a martial art, the longer you train the more you learn.
  • What is the trainer’s background and the background and experience of their clients/delegates?
  • Do you prefer face-to-face or group online or 1:1 online?  1:1 is more expensive, but works really well for the right clients.
  • Are there free taster or discovery sessions, so you can make up your own mind?
  • What is your gut and intuitive reaction to them: Do you trust them? Would you enjoy working with them? This can make real difference.
  • Do you have a recommendation?

What are the suggested criteria for becoming a really good practitioner?

  • Have  purpose for you, and a purpose that’s bigger than you (you get something out of the role yourself and you contribute to something bigger).
  • Look after yourself, learn the best ways of attracting clients, treat your NLP learning as a life long journey.
  • Select the clients you choose to work with, and remember you’ll learn from your clients.
  • Have an attitude of curiosity (you want to learn), ambition (you’re determined to help your clients), courage (you sometimes work outside your comfort zone), discipline (we all need a degree of discipline to succeed) and openness (seek feedback and ideas to improve).
  • Be clear about your ethical boundaries.

How do you become qualified to certify NLP Practitioners?

The details depend on your NLP Association. However, the usual route is through becoming a certified practitioner, then a master practitioner and then a trainer. Always check with your certification body as to which certificates are accepted

Becoming an NLP Practitioner

Our 1:1 NLP Practitioner Training

Practitioner Training
Practitioner Training

Our NLP Practitioner certification programme is certified by NLP co-founder Richard Bandler and the SNLP. It consists of 4 phases:

a) free discovery phase of 3 online sessions to discover what would make the programme really useful to you
b) NLP coaching module.
c) NLP change techniques.
d) certification.

Our 1:1 NLP Practitioner Training

1:1 NLP Practitioner Training | Richard Bandler Certified

We offer prospective coaching and training clients 3 ‘no charge’ Skype/Zoom discovery sessions, so you can make your own decision as to how well it will work, before you go ahead with a programme.

NLP co-founder Richard Bandler, John La Valle and Michael Beale countersigns successful practitioner, master practitioner and coach practitioner certificates.

Many delegates find that NLP training enables them to make a significant, positive step forward in their lives.

See more about our  practitioner trainings.

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