Whilst any organisation will promote itself, the simple answer to the question is… None is best. They all have their merits. However there are some things to consider. Some of the bodies are private entities, with their own special interests and in some cases the NLP provider you go to may also own the certifying body that has approved their programme. So, make sure that you ask the provider you are considering who they are recognised by, and their relationship with their certifying body. There are many NLP organisations, however, here is a list of some of the major NLP certifying bodies. There are others and the list is not one of recommendation but rather a starting point.
- International NLP Trainers Association www.inlpta.com
- The British Board of NLP www.bbnlp.co.uk
- The American Board of Neuro Linguistic Programming www.abnlp.com
- The Society of NLP www.purenlp.com
- The Association of NLP www.anlp.org
- The World Wide Institutes of NLP www.aainlp.com.au
- National Federation of NLP www.nfnlp.com
- The Professional Guild of NLP www.professionalguildofnlp.com
From the list, only the ANLP (This is a ‘not for profit’ organisation) and BBNLP (this is a company) are independent of training providers. Each of the other organisations either offers training in NLP or may be owned by an NLP Trainer that has a company that offers NLP trainings and, as we said earlier, be aware that an NLP provider can be recognised by a certifying body they own.
One interesting point is that most of these organisations offer reciprocal certification so, if you are certified in one, you can be certified others. However, there are some exceptions to this practice, with some organisations requiring either you actively practice NLP for a certain period or carry out some form of conversion training.
The key point to note is that if someone has a certification by any of these organisations it may not necessarily mean that they are competent, skilled, or the best. What a certificate shows is that they have reached a certain standard, so having a certificate by any of these organisations is certainly better than not having one at all!
As we said, of all the organisations mentioned above, ANLP or the NEW BBNLP can be said to be the most non-biased simply because they do not offer their own NLP trainings or NLP certification programs. This means that they are able to be more objective, and can congruently say that they have your best interest in mind.
So, we come back to the simple answer we started with. The certifying body that an NLP provider is a member of is not as major a deciding factor as it might seem. As such it should not be the sole criterion that informs which provider you select. However, the way that the provider communicates with you can indicate whether or not they are the one for you. Do they use forceful tactics to get you to enrol? Do they imply that their governing body is the only ‘official’ NLP organisation? Is the NLP provider you are considering open, regarding their relationship with the certifying body that they are recognised by? Whilst these are all important questions there are many additional factors to consider in choosing a provider.
Question 2: Which NLP organisation is the best?