NLP Associations & Boards


NLP training as an industry is not yet regulated. Most associations or boards offer no real quality assurance, standards or independent evaluation.

Many of these organisations exist only to provide benefit for their own training products, and to promote and drive for marketing revenues. Even if they publish Training Standards or a Training Curriculum, many of them are inadequate and has much lower standards or include much less training contents than many of the reputable training providers’ standards and curricula. Some of these organisations don’t even understand the critical aspects of NLP let alone establishing any kind of standards or have enough authority to regulate the market or provide quality assurance.

The lack of quality control was highlighted in the BBC investigation, by registering a cat named George to various NLP, hypnosis and related associations; see

ITA Certifying Institute

The ITA curriculum is not adopted by other Associations or Boards, but as it is established by one of the co-creators of NLP, Dr. John Grinder, There are many training organisations now start to adopt it and wanting to be ITA Certifying Institutes. We hold it in very good standing, and believe it serves as a yard stick for other training organisations to evaluate their own training. After all who is better than Dr. Grinder himself to set the training standard of the field that he co-created and continue to develop with the New Code NLP?

John Grinder, Carmen Bostic St Clair and Michael Carroll formed The International Trainers Academy as a way to ensure that NLP Trainers have the highest standard of training, before offering NLP courses to the public.
By selecting an ITA trainer you have the assurance that your trainer has been trained and awarded certification as a trainer personally by NLP co-creator John Grinder, new code co-developer, Carmen Bostic St Clair and Michael Carroll.
Approved New Code Trainers are Certifying Members whose Trainers have also attended the New Code NLP Trainers Training. New Code NLP Trainers issue New Code Practitioner certificates signed by John Grinder, Carmen Bostic St Clair and Michael Carroll with the New Code Trainer Seal. Approved New Code Trainers have gained the latest insights in New Code NLP and have been through an explicit process with John and Carmen to achieve this status. The Professional Guild of NLP is an association for like-minded professional NLP Training Organisations and Individual practitioners who have been trained by them. Non commercial and not for profit, the Guild seeks to provide an interface between quality NLP training and the public at large.

Completely independent of any one school, lead trainer or mindset, its strength lies in attracting members who share the same values of integrity, skills and quality, whilst promoting the differences that make each member organisation unique.

International Coach Federation International Coach Federation
Blue-Sky Transformation Trainers and Coaches are members of the International Coach Federation
Founded in 1995, the ICF is the leading global organization dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high standards, providing independent certification, and building a worldwide network of credentialed coaches. The ICF defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.
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