In recent months, the concern has been growing about people who claim to offer 3 day certifications, or $80 NLP certifications. As a Licensed Trainer of NLP with the Society Of NLP (Richard Bandler’s organization), I find it hard to believe that such trainers think they can pull off such an unethical stance.
I have been reluctant to conduct certifications for a long time simply because of the attitude propagated by such trainers, and I find the state of the field simply filled with commercially degraded versions of NLP. The main reason is that they do not focus on objective competency.
Hence, my aim for launching the NLP Practitioner competency sets is simple. They are going to be measures, empirically tested over time to reveal evidence to support NLP competencies within a specific set of applications rather than just a generic psychotherapy approach to NLP. The applications will include:
- NLP Modeling competencies (master practitioner level)
- NLP Intervention competencies (practitioner level)
- NLP Coaching competencies (practitioner level)
- NLP Leadership competencies (practitioner and master practitioner)
- NLP Personal Effectiveness competencies (practitioner competencies)
Why Go Through The Trouble?
Well, simply, because I can. With the clear competencies set out, NLP practitioners and master practitioners will no longer flounder around thinking they are competent when they (really) aren’t. It will also differentiate my training from practically all other trainers because the competencies will be evidence-based and tested for the purposes of locking in credibility for the practitioner.
I’ve interviewed people who supposedly have an NLP certification but know nuts about the background and have a hard time proving their points, or choosing their course of action. The issue is not so much that they have to do it, because NLP is not an academic field of study. However, if formalization and research is not conducted, the term ‘practitioner’ is useless.
Hence, my training certifications for both levels will focus a lot more on practice. The core content will be drawn from already existing books or e-learning modules. Practical sessions are where you can actually receive clear guidance and gain competence.
What Would I Do With NLP Certification?
Certification is a mark of competence. NLP certification under my new approach will ensure that you increase in your value as a coach. Because it is practice and feedback based, your ability to maintain your NLP certification will come from your practice areas. The ability to use NLP is a better mark of a good practitioner, rather than someone who has merely completed a course of study.
Practitioners and Master Practitioners can then join our upcoming communities of practice in order to legitimize the practice of NLP in the context of coaching.
If you don’t want a certification from some ‘Mickey Mouse’ institute, please check the reputation of the trainers first and apply some common sense. A tougher training is definitely much more rigorous and therefore valuable for your own development. I can’t stop people from taking an easy way out, but I can certainly support those who have a rigorous approach to their practice process.
For information about real NLP certification training, you may leave a comment in the comments box and I will pick it up within 24-36 hours.