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NZ Association of Neuro Linguistic Programming
Fostering NLP excellence, professionalism, and growth


Choosing your NLP Trainer

Things to consider when investing in NLP Training


Types of Courses

Certification Courses

Types of Courses

Our Member Trainers offer courses and workshops of varying lengths, types and content, including:
  • Certification courses (Practitioner, Master Practitioner, Trainer)
  • Business
  • Professional Development
  • Personal Development
  • Introductions to NLP
  • Therapeutic

Certification Courses

Only Certified NLP Trainers may offer certification courses. Check our Trainer Directory (Includes only NZANLP Professional Members who have opted in to this list)

Internationally recognised certifications in NLP are, in order of training:

  1. NLP Practitioner
  2. NLP Master Practitioner
  3. NLP Trainer

“Master Trainer” is recognised by some NLP organisations, with varying criteria.

Training content, duration and delivery


We recommend you choose trainings that when taken to Master Practitioner level or beyond will meet NZANLP Professional Membership Criteria.

Course evaluation should include:

  • Written examination (‘open book’ acceptable)
  • Practical skills demonstration
  • Trainer/Peer supervision



We recommend you choose trainings that meet the following international standards:

NLP Practitioner

A minimum of:

  • 130 hours, spread over a period of 18 days or longer, including 15 hours of individual or group supervision within the training and/or after the testing, plus:
  • 10 hours individual (one on one, outside of classroom) training

NLP Master Practitioner

A minimum of:

  • 130 hours, spread over a period of 18 days or longer, plus
  • 10 hours individual (one on one, outside of classroom) training
  • 5 hours coaching with the same client
  • 5 hours of supervision

NLP Trainer

  • 130 hours, spread over a period of 18 days or longer, plus
  • 15 hours individual and/or group supervision



Traditionally NLP trainings have taken place in-class, face to face with trainers and classmates. This has proven, over time, to provide quality experiential learning with the opportunity for safe and ethical practice of the techniques and technology of NLP.

With the advent of internet technology, there are many online or ‘blended’ (a mixture of online and in-class) courses now offered. When considering these types of courses we encourage you to compare the content and hours of study with traditional trainings, and to ensure there is adequate one-on-one supervision (e.g. over Skype) to compensate where there is no or minimal other face to face contact with the trainer.

Should you opt for online or blended training, please note the following excerpt from point 1. of our Professional Membership Criteria:

"How NZANLP defines in-class learning may include technology and reading based distance learning components at the discretion of the Registration Board and/or Management Committee. In such cases additional evidence of the quality and extent of the learning may be required."


How will you use your NLP training?

Some NLP Trainers focus more on a particular aspect/use of NLP, so it’s important to have a clear outcome in mind when choosing your trainer.

People learn NLP for a variety of applications, including:

  • Personal Development
  • Business
  • Therapy
  • Life Coaching
  • Education
  • Sports performance
  • A complementary modality in a variety of health and counselling roles


Questions to ask Trainers

Standards and values

  • What standards do your courses meet?
  • What course evaluation methods do you use? (e.g. Written exam, Practical skills demonstration, Trainer/peer supervision)
  • Are you a Professional Member of NZANLP?
  • Are you a member of any other NLP organisations?
  • From whom did you receive your Trainer Certification?
  • What is your philosophy regarding NLP in general, and training in particular? (perhaps they have a Mission and/or Vision Statement)


Content and support

  • Do your courses
    • cover the Core Processes and Techniques of NLP?
    • focus on any particular use of NLP? (e.g. business, therapeutic, spiritual)
    • follow any particular ‘branch’ of NLP?
  • Do you include any other modalities or your personal ‘take’ on NLP in your courses? If so, what?
  • How comprehensive are your course manuals?
  • What support do you provide if I am not finding the training easy or miss some days (e.g. because of illness?)
  • What post-training support do you offer?


Benefit from our experience

  • You might like to contact some NZANLP Professional Members to
    • Ask for feedback on Trainers
    • Find out how others use NLP (use the “Services” option to find members who use NLP in a field of interest to you)
    • Book a session to experience how useful NLP can be for you and others
  • Join NZANLP as an Associate Member for networking and support while you train

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