NLP training refers to the process of learning skills associated with NLP or Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Such training often leads to certification as an NLP practitioner.
Established as a grassroots movement in the early 1970’s by co-founders Richard Bandler and John Grinder, NLP training has found it’s way into the background of many fields, including psychotherapy, coaching, human resources, education and health care.
NLP students who enroll in a qualified NLP Practitioner Certification training may be credentialed as Practitioners of NLP. This is the standard designation among the NLP trained.
NLP practitioners typically receive, depending on the training organization chosen, a more or less standard grouping of skills. These skills include education and experience with classic NLP models, such as: VAK model, non-verbal rapport building, anchoring formats, strategy work, submodalities, the Meta Model and Milton Model language patterns, outcome specification, timeline and more.
Common advanced designations in the field of NLP are: NLP Master Practitioner, Advanced NLP Master Practitioner, NLP Trainer, NLP Master Trainer and Certified NLP Coach.
Each of these titles requires a separate certification course as a prerequisite.
Many NLP trained practitioners use the acquired NLP skills to enhance their current work. Business people, for example, simply use the new skill set to increase confidence and effectiveness in their routine communication.
Life coaches and therapists may use their NLP certificate as an added credential and incorporate the NLP methods into their existing practice.
Some NLP practitioners choose to identify themselves as such and proceed to start consulting services based on NLP as a stand alone skill set, which can be done. Typically, these kinds of practices fall into the realm of coaching or consulting.
Currently, the field of NLP rests in the public domain. This means that nobody ‘owns’ NLP or has any special rights to it’s terminology. Therefore, various private organizations with equal authority regulate the field.
Any adult, without prerequisite, may enter the field of NLP and engage in training.