NLP Global Standards

Since there is no governing NLP Board, many NLP Institutes follow the NLP Global Standards that were set as a guideline for excellence in the field of NLP. These guidelines are listed below for each level of training.

NLP Institutes throughout the world present these NLP trainings in a variety of styles. The style of presentation vary in length of time because technology allows learning NLP in-person as well as multi-media learning options which may include books, audio recordings and/or video. NLP Institutes may also include pre-study material before attending a live training and/or require a written review, test or exam included as part of the requirements for certification.

It is important to know following these standards is voluntary, and so you will also find people teaching NLP who do not follow these standards. For example offering a NLP Practitioner Certification with 10 videos and a manual to complete in 3 days. You may get some valuable knowledge, but it will not be a complete NLP Practitioner Certification meeting the NLP Global Standards.

NLP is a very complex topic and therefore needs adequate time allotted to learning and practicing these NLP Techniques and processes. To assure your NLP Training meets the high level of Global Standards, recognized by other associations throughout the world, see the guidelines listed below.

NLP Practitioner Certification Level

A: Duration of Training:  Minimum of 120 hours of training in the basics of NLP patterns taught by a Certified Trainer, or a Certified Master Practitioner under the supervision of a trainer.

B: Demonstration of ability to identify the following basic skills, techniques, patterns and concepts of NLP and to utilize them competently with self and with others.

1.  Behavioral integration of the basic presuppositions of NLP, including:

  • Outcome orientation with respect for others’ models of the world and the ecology of the system. (Respect each person’s model of the world)
  • Distinction between map and territory. (The map is not the territory)
  • There is only feedback – no failure. (All outcomes are achievements; there is only feedback)
  • Meaning of your communication is the response you get.
  • Adaptive intent of all behavior. (Every behavior is motivated by positive intention. People make the best choices they can with the resources they have available)
  • Everyone has the necessary resources to succeed. (Individuals have all of the resources they need to achieve their desired outcomes)
  • Resistance is a signal of insufficient pacing. (Effective communicators accept and utilize all communication presented to them)
  • Law of requisite variety. (The element in a system that has the most flexibility will be the catalyst of that system)

2.  Rapport, establishment and maintenance of

3.  Pacing and Leading (verbal and non verbal)

4.  Calibration (sensory based experience)

5.  Representational systems (predicates, and accessing cues)

6.  Meta-Model

7.  Milton-Model

8.  Elicitation of well-formed, ecological outcomes and structures of present state

9.  Overlap and Translation

10. Metaphor creation

11. Frames; contrast, relevancy, As If, Backtrack

12. Anchoring (VAK) Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic

13. Anchoring Techniques (contextualized to the field of application)

14. Ability to shift consciousness to external or internal, as required by the moment’s task

15. Dissociation and Association

16. Chunking

17. Sub-modalities

18. Verbal and non-verbal elicitation of responses

19. Accessing and building of resources

20. Reframing (Context and Meaning)

21. Strategies; detection, elicitation, utilization, & installation

22. Demonstration of behavioral flexibility

NLP Master Practitioner Level

A.  Duration of Training:  Minimum of 120 hours of advanced training taught by a Certified Trainer.

B.  Demonstration of the ability to identify the following basic skills, techniques patterns and concepts of NLP and to utilize these competently with self and with others.

1.  All practitioner level skills, singly and in combination

2.  Design individualized interventions (generative and remedial)

3.  Ecological change work

4.  Shifting easily back and forth between content and form, and experience and label

5. Specific Master Practitioner Skills:

  • Meta Programs
  • Values / Criteria
    –  identification and utilization
    –  criteria ladder
    –  elicitation of complex equivalence and adjustment of criteria
  • Sleight of Mouth (16 Language Reframes)
  • Installation and utilization of strategies
  • Refined use of sub-modalities
  • Deliberate multi-level communication
  • Negotiations
  • Presentation skills
  • Modeling
  • Utilization and transformation of beliefs and  presuppositions


NLP Trainer Level

A.  Duration of Training:  Minimum of 120 hours of advanced training taught by a Certified Trainer.  A minimum of 15 hours of direct trainer supervision.

B.  Satisfactory demonstration of the following behavioral competencies:

1. Complete behavioral competence in all Practitioner and Master Practitioner level skills, ability to do any and all practitioner and master practitioner techniques simultaneously both overtly and covertly

2. Demonstrate facility to shift between content and form (IE: between experience and labeling)

3. Ability to do (demonstrate the behavior of) what one is teaching and to teach what one is doing — and to label it linguistically (i.e. Model Self)

4. Demonstration of Presentation and Teaching skills:

  • Pacing and leading
  • Respect for audience (i.e. at least keeping separate your and others model of the world, and responding to these congruently; considering and responding ecologically to others; conscious and unconscious processes
  • Ability to answer questions, (including discerning the level and intent of questions and generating level-appropriate responses)
  • Design of presentation:  At the least, setting opening and closing frames, setting outcomes, chunking and sequencing of information and experience, balancing information–giving and occasions for discovery, facilitating generalization of information and skills across context and time
  • Design of exercises: At the least, providing for both overt and covert learning in each exercise, including previously learned material for cumulative learning, specifying outcomes of exercises, providing a task for all involved persons insuring behavioral learning, including a future pace
  • Explanation of exercises including the ability to explain an exercise behaviorally without the use of notes or printed aids
  • Use of deep and shallow metaphor
  • Utilization of multi-level feedback; ongoing re-evaluation and incorporation of overt and covert information from individuals and group
  • Graceful intervention in groups: at the least maintaining rapport and giving specific sensory grounded feedback, via questions that directionalize appropriate search to facilitate peoples discovery for themselves, demonstration, or if necessary, overtly telling them what to do
  • “Tasking”; creating of a task that presupposes that a person behave in a different way that expands his/her model of the world
  • Ability to do demonstrations

5.  Demonstration of a personal style, and artistry (indicating that the new trainer is integrating skills into his/her own behavior)

6.  Demonstration of an understanding of the process of NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner NLP training