How to choose the right NLP course - for YOU
There are dozens of NLP courses on the market to choose from and it can be very confusing to know which one will suit you best. Here are a few guidelines to help you choose:
What are the different levels of NLP training?
If you want to go forward with your NLP journey, perhaps to become a coach or therapist, you need to start at NLP Diploma level. Next comes NLP Practitioner training, and after that it's NLP Master Practitioner training. (The 4-day Diploma is in fact the first four days of the Practitioner course). A word of warning - many courses advertise themselves as 'NLP Practitioner' courses, but they are in fact, just a few days training for personal development - ask for their accreditation details and whether the course would equip you to practise professionally.
What is the emphasis of the course?
Some courses are for personal development only. Some are business orientated. Some lean more towards therapy or coaching in their emphasis. The important thing to consider is - What do you want to get out of it and how do you intend to apply your learning?
How big is the course?
Some courses have over 100 students in class - and, in some you would be just one of a substantial 'audience' with the trainer (often one of the 'big names' in NLP) performing 'on stage'. You will get high quality input, but limited practice with others in the audience. Some big courses have a slick marketing machine and someone has to pay for that - you! Small groups can be more comfortable and allow for individual attention and greater access to the trainer. Some courses are run with little classroom time and with distance learning assignments to submit. Some are taught in an evening-class format, just two hours a week. The choice is yours - whichever you feel most comfortable with. At Aspire2Change, all our courses are in small groups to allow an optimum learning experience and we use only fully qualified and experienced trainers.
How much formal classroom training and contact time is there?
You will see courses advertised that provide full Practitioner training in just 7 days - these are often in large groups with little individual attention from the trainers. INLPTA requires its certified trainers to provide 130 hours of formal classroom training for Practitioner level and 30 hours of classroom training for Diploma level. Since NLP is primarily about developing skill in using the methods and techniques of NLP, the more direct training contact hours you can get for your money, the better. Check out that any training course you are considering meets the classroom hours required by the certifying body - some do not.
Intensive' or 'Extensive'?
Whether you prefer a continuous course or one run in modular format over several months is a matter of personal preference - the important thing to consider is how much training you get, in terms of classroom hours and the quality of that training.
How can I judge quality?
If you take a professionally accredited course you should be assured of a highly skilled and competent trainer. The INLPTA accreditation is an assurance of quality. If you are taking a short course or non accredited course then it's worth finding out who the trainer is and what are their credentials? How long have they been an NLP trainer? What level of NLP experience do they have (they may not be a certified NLP trainer)? Ask for testimonials about the course and the trainer from previous students and get in touch with those students personally. What course materials are provided? - a comprehensive manual is usual. Beware of training companies who claim to be 'the best' - ask how long they have been trading.
What support will I get to ensure I reach the required level?
A basic presupposition of NLP is "There is no failure only feedback". Your trainer should be working with you every step of the way so you reach the required standards, standards set by yourself or by an accrediting body. This process involves you getting feedback from your trainer on what you're doing well and what you can do to make it even better. If your trainer identifies any areas where you are not performing as well as you could, they should give you the opportunity to improve, whether through more training, tasks, individual tuition or home work.
What should I be paying for an NLP Practitioner course?
Courses range between £1,000 and £3,000. A quality NLP Practitioner training will repay itself many times over, provided you make the most of your learning experience and actually use what you have learned, whether by changing career or doing better in your current one. So, it pays to make the right choice for you and your pocket. See our Training Promise below...
Our Training Promise:
At Aspire2Change we believe in giving you value for your money - affordable, quality training that will give you a tremendous return on your investment both personally and professionally.
We won't waste your money on slick marketing campaigns, luxury venues or corporate lunches - we believe that investing in a 'no-frills', professionally accredited NLP programme is one of the best uses there is of your time, energy and money.
Please feel free to contact us with any queries you may have. Jenny is happy to discuss the course and what you are looking for either by phone or in a free no-obligation meeting. Just give us a call on 029 2086 2647, drop us an email: Jenny@aspire2change.co.uk or send us a text to 07808 724908.