Training in NLP FAQs

Training in NLP FAQs


Which course should I do first?

The entry courses for NLP are either NLP Diploma or NLP Practitioner, both require no previous knowledge of NLP. The NLP Diploma is for people who want a short course and to get a good grounding in NLP and want to use it for themselves and in their work. NLP Practitioner is more in depth and is for people who want to use the techniques with others (in coaching, leadership or mentoring) and so need a high level of competency in using NLP.

If I do the NLP Diploma is there some overlap with NLP Practitioner?

Some, and most people who do Diploma and then Practitioner find the revision and the refresher useful. You learn something new every time you hear the material - we still do too. At NLP Practitioner each subject is also taught in more depth with the science behind it whereas the Diploma is more of a buffet, you can a good taster and try out of everything.

I already have a coaching qualification, can I come straight to NLP Master Practitioner?

No. NLP is taught in levels and the Master Practitioner depends on a solid existing knowledge of NLP at Practitioner level. We accept NLP Master Practitioner delegates with Practitioner certificates from any UK or International awarding body so you do not need to have been trained by us or even INLPTA to join. If you are not sure whether your existing certifications count, drop us an e mail with the details, or scan us in a copy of your certificate and we will confirm.

Is there a discount if I repeat a course?

Yes. All courses have a 50% discount if you are already qualified and it’s doesn’t need to be with us. Many people take NLP Practitioner and NLP Master Practitioner Courses with multiple trainers to build their depth of understanding and skill level. Contact us for more details.

Do I need to do any pre work before the course begins?

Only for NLP Trainers Training where we will send you full details of this when you enquire. For all other courses there is no pre work. At NLP Practitioner and NLP Master Practitioner we will send you some books before the course starts but they are for you to read when it suits and not a required reading.

How much ‘homework’ will there be?

NLP Diploma - none

NLP Practitioner - there are a set of content questions that need to be completed as part of the certification. Feedback from delegates indicates that you need to allow an hour per module to write up the questions, although some people have spent a lot less and some people have written War and Peace!

NLP Master Practitioner - set of content questions, similar to Practitioner in terms of time required plus a modelling project where you will model the skill of someone of your choosing. Allow 3- 6 hours over the duration of the course to complete this.

NLP Coach Practitioner - a client write up, allow 1-2 hours for this.

What kind of people will I meet on your courses?

Normal people just like you! Seriously this is a common question. Most people who come on our NLP courses come primarily with a business or career focus. This could be leadership or management development or that they are looking to change their career and want to explore the possibilities. We don’t accept people on our courses who have been ‘sent’ from an organisation, everyone has chosen this course and us as trainers. Professional backgrounds are varied and include professional services, retail, public sector, engineering, project management.

We also have some delegates who are looking to train as professional coaches or psychotherapists and come because of Karen and Johns’ clinical qualifications. We assess the needs of our delegates before the course and tailor the content for this group of people so that they can get the clinical learning without the rest of the group needing it unless they are interested in it, which often they are because they tend to be naturally curious people who want to understand stuff.

My partner is concerned that if I join your course I will come home a different person. How can I reassure them?

It is not unusual for loved ones to be a bit concerned about how you might change on a training programme, we can reassure them though that you will not return an alien. On our NLP Programmes people make changes at their own pace, and the techniques are taught as people deal with specific things that want to change, for example ‘I get really irritated at work when X walks in the room’, so the change fixes that specific issue not changes their whole personality.

One of the key concepts of NLP is making sure changes are ecological, that means we ask people to consider the impact of any changes or goals they want to make carefully. So if someone wants to jack in their job and travel the world, they will do a lot of considering the impact on them and others close to them before setting a plan for such a goal. Many people report an improvement in their close relationships as a result of learning NLP as they learn to understand other people better and respond to them helpfully. If your partner is concerned then we encourage you to talk them about their concerns and listen to those, don’t dismiss them or push them aside. We can then support you to be considerate of those concerns during the programme.

I have a mental health problem, would an NLP Training benefit me?

1 in 3 people in the UK have a mental health problem so if you do then be assured that you are not alone. NLP Trainings are not designed to resolve mental health problems although many people report feeling lighter, empowered and more positive about life after the courses. If you have a mental health problem then we suggest contacting a mental health professional to discuss your needs before signing up to a course as most of the time an intervention more tailored to your needs is most suitable at first.

People who have had support and are looking to build on their self awareness, learn more and build their confidence usually have a good experience but it is not suitable for people who have not sought any help yet as Karen and John will be unable to provide the one to one care during the course that you may need. To have a successful experience on the course you need to be able to stay resourceful and work in pairs or small groups. If you aren’t sure then contact us and Karen or John will respond and guide you.

What’s the dress code when attending courses?

Whatever you like. We are very relaxed during our NLP courses so we invite you to wear whatever is comfortable for you - as long as it’s appropriate for public viewing!

What happens if I don’t certify?

People don’t certify an NLP for a number of reasons. The most common are:

  • They have missed too much of the course meaning they have missed key material and don’t meet the training hours requirement,
  • Due to outside events at work or in life, they can’t fulfil all the elements of the programme like writing up the content questions or completing the modelling project,
  • They don’t feel ready.
  • We don’t feel they are ready.

Delegates are given feedback and support throughout the course so non certification is usually an outcome we arrive at in consultation with the delegate and is rarely a surprise. Where someone doesn’t certify we will offer them to opportunity to retake the course at the next intake (usually a year later) for free.

What if I want to appeal a decision not to certify me?

This is very rare as we work collaboratively with every delegate and so it’s usually a decision we come to together. If we do make a certification decision you disagree with then we have a process for dealing with appeals. You will be able to present your appeal first to someone within the company not involved in the decision and if that is not satisfactory to our awarding body.

Do I need to be trained by an INLPTA Trainer to enrol on the INLPTA Trainers Training?

No. We will consider applications from delegates from any UK or International certifying body. When you enquire we will discuss this with you and discuss how to fill in any knowledge or skills gaps (if there are any) before the Trainers Training course begins. If you’ve been trained on very short Practitioner and Master Practitioner trainings, you may need to do some assisting to bring you up to where other delegates are, so contact us early so we can help you plan this.

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