The power of positive thinking is not just a cliché when used by Neuro-Linguistic Programming practitioners. A relatively new concept in the social sciences, NLP explores the relationship between our minds and language and how the two factors work together to affect our behavior. A NLP practitioner provides a client with the tools to achieve personal excellence and explore her personal identity. Numerous NLP practitioners and industry groups focus on women, teaching them how to use NLP to break glass ceilings at work, be leaders in their communities and achieve success.
Practitioners choose certification as a way to differentiate themselves in the industry and show potential clients they have NLP skills and know-how. Online NLP certification providers offer a way for practitioners to earn designations from the comfort of home. Providers include private companies that concentrate on NLP certifications, such as iNLP Center and Life Potential Developments. Several currently certified NLP practitioners pass on their knowledge to aspiring practioners by sponsoring their own certification programs.
Hitting the books is one requirement for earning NLP certification and each program follows its own curriculum. Students explore topics such as non-verbal communication, rapport, disassociation, motivation and decision strategies and submodalities. Other common topics include phobia models, goal setting, conflict control and reframing beliefs. Because of the nature of the class, most providers keep all materials online, while some will offer downloadable textbooks or workbooks. Training courses consist of a combination of videos, presentations, live chats and hands-on activities students can do from home.
Another major component of earning certification is testing. Depending on the provider, the candidate may have to take one final multiple-choice exam or several shorter tests after each curriculum section. Other ways providers test a candidate’s skills include essay writing, projects and open-ended test questions. The iNLP Center requires an applicant to take part in a Skype or telephone exit interview with the program director to ensure she has all the material down pat. Just like the courses and modules, the student can take the final exams and tests online.
Aside from obviously needing a home computer to work online, applicants for NLP certification must register for the courses and pay the program fee. Many of the programs allow a candidate to take as long as she needs to complete the program, with no deadlines. Others ask that an applicant finish within a certain timeframe, typically six to 12 months. Programs take as few as three weeks to complete, up to several months, with 120 to 300 course hours, depending on the program. As part of the NLP practitioner certification, some providers include additional designations the applicant can earn, such as Certified Coach, Humanistic Neuro-Linguistic Psychology Certification and Hypnosis Certification.
Lindsey Thompson began her writing career in 2001. Her work has been published in the Cincinnati Art Museum's "Member Magazine" and "The Ohio Journalist." You'll also find her work on websites like Airbnb, Chron.com, and USAToday.com. Thompson holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.