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 INLPF Certification Guidelines



Practitioner Level

A. Demonstration of ability to identify the following basic skills, techniques, patterns and concepts of NLP and to utilize them competently with self and with others.

1. Behavioral integration of the basic presuppositions of NLP:

a. outcome orientation with respect for others' models of the world and the ecology of the system
b. distinction between map and territory
c. there is only feedback (cybernetic) - no failure
d. the meaning of your communication is the response you get
e. all behavior has an adaptive intent
f. everyone has the necessary resources
g. resistance is a signal of insufficient pacing
h. the law of requisite variety.

2. Rapport, establishment and maintenance of;
3. Pacing and leading (verbal and nonverbal);
4. Calibration (sensory experience);
5. Representational systems (predicates, and accessing cues);
6. Meta-Model
7. Milton-Model
8. Elicitation of well-formed, ecological outcomes and structures of present state;
9. Overlap and translation of representational systems;
10. Metaphor creation;
11. Frames: contrast, relevancy, as if, backtrack
12. Anchoring (VAK)
13. Anchoring techniques (contextualized to the field of application);
14. Ability to shift consciousness to external or internal stimuli, as required by the moment's task;
15. Dissociation and association
16. Chunking;
17. Sub modalities;
18. Verbal and nonverbal elicitation of responses;
19. Accessing and building of resources;
20. Reframing;
21. Strategies: detection, elicitation, utilization and installation;
22. Demonstration of behavioral flexibility.

B. Duration of Training: Minimum of 120 hours of training in the basics of NLP patterns led by a certified Trainer, or a certified Master Practitioner under the supervision of a Trainer.


Master Practitioner Level

A. Demonstration of the ability to identify the following basic skills, techniques, patterns and concepts of NLP and to utilize these competently with self and with others.

1. All practitioner level skills, singly and in combination;
2. Design individualized interventions (generative and remedial);
3. Ecological change work;
4. Shifting easily back and forth between content and form, experience and label;
5. Specific Master Practitioner skills:

a. Meta Program sorts;
b. Values (Criteria);

i. identification and utilization
ii. criteria ladder
iii. elicitation of complex equivalence and adjustment of criteria
iv. sleight of mouth

c. Installation and utilization of strategies;
d. Refined use of sub modalities;
e. Deliberate multi-level communication;
f. Negotiations;
g. Presentation skills;
h. Modeling
i. Utilization and transformation of beliefs and presuppositions

B. Duration of Training: a minimum of 120 hours of advanced training taught by a certified trainer.


Trainer Level

A. Satisfactory demonstration of the following behavioral competencies.

1. Complete behavioral competence in all Master Practitioner level skills, ability to do any and all practitioner and Master Practitioner techniques simultaneously, both explicitly and implicitly

2. Demonstrate facility to shift between content and form (i.e., between experience and labeling)

3. Ability to do (demonstrate behavior) what one is teaching and to teach what one is doing - and to label it linguistically (Model Self)

4. Demonstration of Presentation and Teaching Skills

a. Pacing and leading

b. Respect for audience (i.e., at least keeping separate your and others' model of the world, and responding to these congruently

c. considering and responding ecologically to others; conscious and unconscious processes)

d. Ability to answer questions (including discerning level and intent of questions and generating level-appropriate responses)

e. Design of presentation: At the least, setting opening and closing frames, setting outcomes, chunking and sequencing of information and experience, balancing information-giving and occasions for discovery, facilitating generalization of information and skills across context and time

f. Design of exercises: At the least, providing for both explicit and implicit learning in each exercise, including previously learned material - for cumulative learning, specifying outcomes of exercises, providing a task for all involved persons insuring behavioral learning, including a future pace

g. Explanation of exercises: Including the ability to explain and demonstrate behaviorally without the use of notes or printed aids

h. Use of deep and shallow metaphors

I. Utilization of multi-level feedback; ongoing re-evaluation and incorporation of verbal and nonverbal information from individuals and group

j. Graceful intervention and groups; at a minimum maintain rapport while giving specific sensory grounded feedback, via questions that directionalize appropriate search to facilitate peoples' discovery for themselves, or through a demonstration, or providing them with clear directions as to what needs to be done

k. "Tasking"; creating a task that presupposes that a person behaves in a different way that expands his/her model of the world

l. Ability to do demonstrations

5. Demonstration of personal styles and artistry (indicating that a person is integrating skills into his/her own behavior)

B. Duration of Training : Minimum of 130 hours of advanced training taught by a certified Master Trainer.


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