Tips: Choosing Quality NLP Training Providers


There are many NLP training providers out there, and amongst all the qualified trainers, there are different training formats, different durations and support structures (or not) for their students. There are trainers with considerable experiences who are yet to update their NLP skills with the latest evolutions of NLP too. There are trainers who are just qualified to train with all the latest information and great skills, but yet to gain the relevant experiences in their life outside the training room that they were trained in.

So, if we have already dealt with the trainers themselves and assuming all things are equal, that all qualified trainers have the same sets of skills, knowledge and experience, we will look for the following when deciding on a training.

Principles of a great NLP Training provider

If you choose to learn NLP from a qualified NLP Training Organisation, the following are some great principles that we hope the organisation is using to deliver great NLP Training for you:

  • Provide a minimum of 120 – 180 course contact time or an equivalence of 12 to 18 days so students can learn and develop their skills sufficiently. The co-creator of NLP, Dr. John Grinder believes it takes about 180 hours to learn NLP adequately. The seven day programs are not enough, let along become a NLP Practitioner in a few days!
  • Small classes so students get quality personal attention and assistance.
  • Principles of Great NLP Training: Smaller Classes for personal attention

    The experiential nature of learning NLP will require trainers to pay personal attention to students' learning and development. The level of personal attention can not be given sufficiently in a large class setting

  • Create an effective context for discovery of the deeper learning, such as conducting real client session for business projects, coaching or other applications using NLP.
  • Apply effective training methods:
    • Live demonstration
    • Discussion
    • Group practice
    • Follow up practices
    • Simulations and Role Plays
    • Skill Application in Real Life Situations
    • Effective feedback cycle
  • The Trainers are qualified to train NLP correctly
  • Ideally have more than one trainer deliver the training, so you get multiple descriptions of NLP. However, one great trainer is better than ten not so good trainers just telling your the same thing.
  • The training curriculum at its minimum should cover all the foundations of NLP topics. You can see our training curriculum here
  • The Trainers teach you the principles of NLP so you can use NLP with flexibility in multiple situations. This means the trainers are not giving you a cookie cutter script. Real NLP Training teaches you “how to” fish rather than just “give” you the fish. This full experience of “how to” should give you the grounding so you can fish in the pond, the lake, the river and the ocean.
  • Support your development, developing your NLP skill is an on going process. Check if the training provider can support you after the training. They might offer mentoring or practice sessions, or forums for on going discussions.