The old adage tends to hold true – you get what you pay for. We are sure you have experienced training where the materials are less than motivational and NLP is not excluded from this. However, there are exceptions. Ask what you get for your money. Do you get a binder? How many pages? Is it black & white or colour? Do you get CD’s or DVD’s? Is there a slide presentation? Do they have handouts at the course? Are there follow up materials available? Do they sell or recommend products at your course so you can continue your learning? What will the participant to assistant ratio be? Can you record the training? If not, do they sell recordings of the training? Does the investment include certification fees? Does the investment include any study materials? These are all great questions to ask and the answers will help validate your investment.
Another factor of the cost of training is the duration of the course. You could see two trainings advertised for a Practitioner Certification and both at £1,950. However, one is seven days long and the other is twelve days. You may think that the twelve-day course is longer and so you are getting more for your money, and that may be the case. However, if the ‘contact time’ on the twelve-day course is only six hours per day then the total time is just seventy-two hours. What if, when asking questions about the seven-day you find that they spend ten hours per day in ‘contact’ and that there are CD’s, exercises and reading to be carried out? Which is the best value now? Asking questions will provide the information to make your choice.
In the U.K., NLP Practitioner Training can range from as little as £800 for the low cost programmes to £2500 plus for the high-end programmes. Whilst cost may seem important, value is even more important. Regardless of the amount you invest in your NLP development, the changes you will experience in your life as a result of attending a high quality NLP training will more than out-weigh the initial expense.
Before making the investment, because we never know what challenges life may provide, it is also wise to find out what the refund and exchange policy is. What happens if you sign up for a course, and then cannot attend but wish to roll over to a future programme, is that allowed?
If it is, are there any administration fees involved? Reputable organisations will tend to have a transfer policy, but there will tend to be an administrative fee to transfer the programme. This is fair as NLP providers create their forecast, and reserve their training space based on the number of bookings they have. If participants drop out at the last minute it becomes expensive.
If you decide to cancel before attending, what is the refund policy? Are there any cancellation fees? If so, how much? How soon can you expect a refund? All of these are questions that should be asked. Cancellation fees are not uncommon, and again, most reputable organisations will have a formal policy. The fee will tend to depend upon the amount of pre-study or materials they offer in advance. In most cases, the cancellation fees will also have to cover the costs of training materials and administrative support that they have utilised while you were booked. Because it could cost you, make sure that you are committed to attend before you make the deposit.
Question 4: What constitutes a fair price for NLP training?