MINIMUM NLP TRAINING STANDARDS

The NLP Association of Australia is a member of the NLP Global Body, the international body which oversees the international standards of Neuro Linguistic Programming. We have chosen to subscribe to the training and ethical standards of the Global Body by upholding the high standards which should assure potential students that their training will meet certain minimum training standards.

If you are a potential student of NLP, we suggest you ensure your trainer adheres to these guidelines of content and in-person classroom time required. As a minimum, if you are looking for an NLP trainer, we recommend you use the same criteria we do for qualifying trainers with the NLPAA.

Traditional in-Person Classroom Training

NLP Practitioner

  • 7 days in-person, face-to-face (not online)
  • at least 49 in person hours and a minimum of 80 total hours
  • course syallabus covers required material
  • trainer's own training recognised by NLPAA

NLP Master Practitioner

  • 9 days in-person, face-to-face (not online)
  • at least 59 in person hours and a minimum of 90 total hours
  • course syallabus covers required material
  • trainer's own training recognised by NLPAA

NLP Trainer

  • 14 days in-person, face-to-face (not online)
  • at least 90 in person hours and a minimum of 130 total hours
  • course syallabus covers required material
  • trainer's own training recognised by NLPAA

Live On-line Training

In 2020, as a response to a global change in the education industry and NLP, the NLP Association of Australia approved online training for NLP Certification trainings for NLPAA Members who created a training which upheld the standards of content, time, assessment and delivery. Trainers are required to apply to have their online training recognised - the NLPAA recognises only the online training by NLPAA trainers who have completed their due diligence in assuring their training meets these standards.

Look for the NLPAA Online Training Approved logo to know the training meets the NLPAA requirements. 

The requirements for Online training are as follows: 

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NLP Practitioner

    • The Trainer is a Trainer Member of the NLPAA and the training has been approved by the NLPAA
    • The training takes place over a minimum of 120 hours, at least 60 hours must be live, in-person, real-time format over a minimum of 10 days. The remaining hours can be conducted as the trainer sees fit for the training via reading, video, practice groups, assignments, etc. 
    • The content must meet the minimum requirements specified for international training nlpaa.org.au/Training_Standards
    • An assessment protocol must include written and practical assessments to ensure the students meet the competencies required for certification


    NLP Master Practitioner

    • The NLPAA does not recognise NLP Master Practitioner Certification completed online.


    NLP Trainer

    • The NLPAA does not recognise NLP Trainer Certification completed online.


    We have also put together a guide to help you choose your NLP Trainer. It is after all, an important decision.

    If you are seeking membership with the NLPAA we may ask you to obtain certain information , including a syllabus from your trainer if they are unknown to the NLPAA. We will utilise the syllabus to ensure the criteria outlined below was taught in your training over no less than the minimum amount of time specified in each NLP Certification level.

    These standards were created based on much research of various NLP courses and similar NLP Associations throughout the world. We feel a minimum training standard is applicable due to the numerous courses available and the potential for lowering of NLP training standards of NLP being taught. The following information contains the minimum training standards required for membership in the NLPAA:

    NLP Practitioner Certification

    The duration of the NLP Practitioner Certification training is to be:

    In-Person (classroom) - carried out over a minimum of 80 hours of which 49 must be completed over a minimum of 7 days in-person, face-to-face training (not online) and the additional hours can be made up by pre-course, in-course and post-course study in the basic skills of NLP patterns led by a Certified Trainer of NLP from a recognised training institute.

    Live Online - carried out over a minimum of 120 hours of which at least 60 hours must be completed live, in-person, real-time format over a minimum of 10 days. The remaining hours can be conducted as the trainer sees fit for the training via reading, video, practice groups, assignments, etc., led by a Certified Trainer of NLP from a recognised training institute. Note: the NLPAA recognises online NLP Training only by NLPAA trainers who have applied and approved for online delivery.

    A demonstration of ability to identify the following basic skills, techniques, patterns and concepts of NLP and to utilise them competently with self and others:

    • NLP Presuppositions
    • Present State to Desired State
    • Well Formed Outcomes
    • State Management
    • Rapport
    • Sensory Acuity & Calibration
    • Representational Systems
    • Accessing & Building Resources
    • Process Versus Content
    • Meta Model
    • Milton Model
    • Meta Programs
    • Metaphors
    • Submodalities
    • VK Dissociation
    • Swish Pattern
    • Timeline
    • Perceptual Positions
    • Changing Drivers
    • Anchors
    • Eliciting Strategies
    • TOTE
    • Reframing
    • Parts
    • Identifying & Using Incongruency
    • Logical Levels
    • Ericksonian Hypnotherapy

    NLP Master Practitioner Certification

    The duration of the NLP Practitioner Certification training is to be carried out over a minimum of 90 hours of which 59 must be completed over a minimum of 9 days in-person, face-to-face training (not online) and the additional hours can be made up by pre-course, in-course and post-course study in the advanced skills of NLP patterns led by a Certified Trainer of NLP from a recognised trainer. Where post-course study is part of the course, Certification cannot be awarded until all post-course study is complete. A demonstration of ability to identify the following basic skills, techniques, patterns and concepts of NLP and to utilise them competently with self and others:

    • Integration, mastery & elegance of NLP Practitioner Skills
    • Ability to manage one's own state
    • Ability to do change work with self and others 
    • Precision and resourcefulness through all representational systems
    • Ability to track logical levels
    • Ability to separate process from content about process
    • Ability to establish and maintain rapport  
    • Modelling - elicitation, replication, utilisation & transfer
    • Conscious and unconscious embodiment of NLP Presuppositions
    • Sleight of Mouth patterns
    • Change and install strategies
    • Multi-Level communication
    • Meta Programs - elicitation, calibration, utilisation, change & flexibility
    • Values - elicitation, calibration, utilisation & change
    • Advanced Submodality work
    • Advanced Timeline work
    • Advanced Milton Model

    NLP Trainer Certification

    The duration of the NLP Trainer Certification training is to be carried out over a minimum of 130 hours of which 90 must be completed over a minimum of 14 days in-person, face-to-face training (not online) and the additional hours can be made up by pre-course, in-course and post-course study, led by a Certified Trainer of NLP from a recognised trainer. Where post-course study is part of the course, Certification cannot be awarded until all post-course study is complete. A demonstration of conscious and unconscious competence in all NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner skills both overtly and covertly. And a demonstration of the following NLP Trainer Specific skills: 

    • Pacing and Leading
    • Design of Presentations
    • Delivery of Presentations using NLP skills
    • Building and maintaining Group Rapport
    • Ability to answer questions
    • Utilisation of spatial anchoring
    • Design and execution of evaluation methods
    • Design and execution of teaching exercises to provide covert and overt learning
    • Use of deep and shallow metaphors as a teaching aid
    • Demonstration of NLP processes and techniques while training
    • Demonstration of personal artistry to integrate the skills into one's own behaviour

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