Why Choose the Graduate Certificate in NLP?

Unlocking Proficiency: Unveiling the Graduate Certificate in NLP

Among those seeking a renewed grounding in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), the allure of the Graduate Certificate in NLP proves irresistible. Individuals who have previously completed a practitioner course often express a common sentiment – a dearth of practical proficiency. Anticipating the ability to seamlessly navigate the intricate patterns of NLP, inquire intuitively in response to non-verbal cues, and deftly administer change processes, they are frequently disillusioned. This expectation, far from fanciful, should indeed be the hallmark of reputable NLP training. It is exactly what distinguishes holders of the 10970NAT Graduate Certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

The Challenge of Fluency: Navigating Patterns with Skill

The deficiency in fluency often bemoaned by practitioners isn’t unexpected, given the brevity of many practitioner training programs. Mastery necessitates encountering NLP patterns in diverse amalgamations, practised with varied individuals under supervision. This process unveils nuanced responses and strategies for quandaries that may arise when instructing others.

Embracing Natural Interaction: Mastery Beyond Script

A holistic grasp of the patterns underscoring acquired formats empowers fluid interactions in any context. This proves impossible when reading and performing simultaneously, a split focus that impedes effective learning. Acquiring astute observation and listening skills is an investment, especially when mastering the decoding of verbal and non-verbal cues in others.

Beyond Rote Learning: Unveiling NLP Patterns

Numerous brief NLP courses hinge on scripted formats, doled out as classroom aids or endorsed for consistent replication. Yet, this approach thwarts genuine pattern assimilation, mandating rote memorization or continuous reference during sessions. This superficial familiarity hinders fluency and the ability to adapt techniques contextually.

Crafting Proficiency: A Holistic Approach

Within the Graduate Certificate of NLP, patterns are comprehensively demystified while fluency is cultivated. Implicit and explicit learning strategies culminate in personally forged experience maps, rendering NLP an intrinsic tool for navigating life’s challenges. Whether aspiring to personal transformation, enhanced communication, or effective consultancy, this program ensures a reservoir of patterns and resources available on demand. Expectations evolve – a broad repertoire of responses, spontaneous adaptations, and fluid session crafting.

Depth of Understanding: The Art of Integration

In the Graduate Certificate, intellectual and practical depth is augmented through structured readings, strategically sequenced after experiential exposure. As you construct your personal models from direct experiences, readings supplement and consolidate knowledge. This dynamic approach safeguards the ownership of skills while nurturing conscious comprehension.

In the realm of NLP, the Graduate Certificate stands as a testament to mastery forged through experiential learning. It’s not just about learning scripts; it’s about transforming patterns into second nature, crafting conversations with deft precision, and wielding NLP with a finesse that only a comprehensive education can furnish.

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The Myths of Seven day NLP “practitioner” trainings

In recent years there has been growing controversy within the NLP community regarding qualifications in NLP, standards and quality for training and what constitutes appropriate hours for NLP practitioner courses. In this article we explore some of the myths promoted by some NLP trainers

In the NLP community there has been three levels of certification, Practitioner, Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP. In the last few years some organisations have added a Master Trainer certification. And recently we had accredited a formal post-graduate qualification in NLP, the Graduate Certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programming. The Grad Cert NLP is in fact the first formal credential in Neuro-Linguistic Programming. The previous certificates being non-accredited and not recognised as formal qualifications.

To be certified as a Practitioner of NLP a NLP student needed to attend between 20 and 24 days of training. For Master Practitioner an additional 20 days were required and at least 15 days with an apprenticeship period for trainer certification.

In recent years some training organisations have begun to hold short 7 day NLP trainings marketed as “practitioner” certification training. There is a number of myths espoused in their marketing of these short change training programs. Here are some of the myths of the 7 day “accelerated Practitioner” training courses.

Myth 1.” We use ‘Accelerated learning’ so that you can gain NLP certification in only 7 days”.

The unstated subtext they are implying is that trainers of full length Practitioner training don’t use NLP to teach NLP! By its very nature NLP is a technology that when used effectively produces accelerated learning.

Any competent NLP trainer can teach in an accelerated way without the props (coloured pens and music) of accelerated learning rituals. To quote John Grinder (co-creator of NLP) and Judith DeLozier “NLP is an accelerated learning strategy for the detection and utilisation of patterns in the world“.

The accelerated learning argument is just an excuse for a short change training.

Myth 2. “You can listen to a set of course tapes a couple of times and that is adequate instead of a full length training”.

The argument that listening to a set of tapes is as good as being at a live training is nonsense. A fundamental part of NLP is advanced communication with an emphasis on tracking nonverbal behaviour, learning to see subtle shifts in skin colour, muscle tone, posture and gesture. And tracking that in relationship to tone, tempo and words is best learned through live experience. The sequence of training demonstrations followed by supervised exercises is essential for developing skill with NLP.

The argument that tapes are equivalent to live experience is just an excuse for short change training. Even Michael Hall who teaches a 7 day practitioner training advocates full length training and warns against short training!

“Personally, we do not believe in the “correspondence course” approach to NLP or in the short training programs that promise mastery in five days. Instead look for those programs that provide the necessary depth and quality essential for becoming an effective practitioner”. pp. xv-xvi The Sourcebook of Magic by L. Michael Hall and Barbara P. Belnap (1999). It would be excellent if Michael took his own advice.

Myth 3. “Any trainers teaching full length practitioner training are not very good in that if they were good at training NLP then they would do it in 7 days”.

The really excellent trainers in NLP tend to be interested in and committed to NLP and their students. They want their students to be able to apply NLP effectively in their lives. Subsequently they teach comprehensive full length training. The field of NLP is rich in patterns and shortening contact time cuts out essential parts of NLP and reduces skill acquisition. The real question to consider is what is being left out?

The full length trainers are not good at teaching NLP argument is just an excuse for leaving out essential parts of NLP.

Myth 4. “We have the latest development in (or supersedes) NLP. That’s why we can teach the practitioner of NLP in only 7 days. Full length training is out of date”.

Competent NLP trainers are constantly evolving themselves and their comprehensive NLP training. A common strategy used to promote short training is to take some aspect of NLP and market it as a new development. Timelines are repackaged as Time Line Therapy(1), use of logical levels and meta positions is repackaged as meta states(2).

Myth 5. “You can gain 2 or 3 (depends on the NLP training company) certifications in the one 7 day training”.

By carving up NLP into various applications they can be offered as separate certifications that can be obtained during the one short training. “you can have 3 certifications all in just one week”.

These certifications are awarded through organisations / associations owned or controlled by the trainer / “world leader in the field” and have no meaning outside of the particular private company or association. All reputable NLP associations and NLP training providers insist on full length (at least 20 day) programs for practitioner of NLP certification.

In Australia, we have replaced NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner training with a government accredited professional qualification, the 10970NAT Graduate Certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and has standards with quality control and thorough assessment!

The Real Benefits of short NLP practitioner trainings

  1. An NLP trainer has more time to conduct more training in a year in more places. How many short ‘practitioner’ trainings can be fitted into a year in contrast to comprehensive full length programs?
  2. A trainer can charge more fees for less work as most short NLP trainings are marketed for a similar price to full length comprehensive training.
  3. Because of what is left out of short change training a trainer can market another course of additional material later as an add on for graduates who want more skills in NLP. Too often graduates of short training don’t know that they don’t know.

The Benefits of the Graduate Certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programming training

  1. Comprehensiveness. A breadth of NLP patterns are learnt through live, hands-on training involving thorough framing of the material, demonstrations, exercises and feedback and discussion sessions.
  2. Elaboration. Through immersion in the NLP experience and through carefully designed sequencing of the training material, the student is able to elaborate the underlying patterns, processes and skills of NLP richly into multiple areas of application in the world.
  3. Generalisation. The NLP skills become usable in every area of life.
  4. Quality Control. Competencies and assessment criteria are incorporated throughout the entire training.
  5. Real Qualification. Students who pass both the experiential and conceptual evaluations receive a formal post-graduate qualification in NLP that reflects their acquisition of skills in NLP.

(1) Timeline Therapy is a trademark of Tad James
(2) Meta States¹ is a trademark of Michael Hall

Relevant Links

Online brochure for the Graduate Certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programming

Link to Steve Andreas views on NLP training standards in his 2001 interview

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Check our 10970NAT Graduate Certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programming program.

(Note: If you would like to learn more about the New Code of NLP you can get a copy of  our latest Kindle book ‘AEGIS: Patterns for extending your reach in life, work & leisure’ by Jules Collingwood, NLP Trainer. For only $4.99 here).

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