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INLPTA Members Newsletter 01/2024

First of all, Happy New Year 2024!

Your membership means you are promoting quality, professionalism and ethics in NLP around the world 

We have updated the guidelines and requirements for the trainings (post Covid). Also, the text on all certificates now includes the number of hours completed onsite and online.  

As most NLP trainers have noticed over the last few years, the global pandemic has had a disruptive and innovative push effect on businesses, on the way teaching, training and coaching is done, on the way people meet, and how companies interact with their HR department, employees and customers.

This has led to some necessary adjustments, developments and modernizations in schools, universities, companies, businesses and also at INLPTA.

Here is the news:

INLPTA has responded to the new situation with a flexible approach that now allows online training of any scale up to completely online - as long as it is synchronous live training, so that live interaction and live group dynamics continue to support the learning process. You can find the requirements for online elements on our website https://www.inlpta.org/english/standards/quality-in-online-training/. To ensure that quality remains paramount under these new rules, we have introduced a competency level model, familiar from language and technical training, with levels A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2 to help determine the competency level of participants.  

We have defined configurations of the training elements to show our members and motivate them to use the variety of options available to configure an INLPTA-certified training and leave the old classic weekend standard behind. 

I also pointed out a number of categories of NLP training offered around the world for different audiences and cultures, with different ideas of "what NLP is for" and what the learning objectives are. This offers INLPTA trainers the opportunity to diversify and reach new markets and target groups. The responsibility for using the training configurations remains with the INLPTA trainers, who are mature and wise enough to know what they are comfortable, competent and effective with to deliver a typical world-class INLPTA training.

The future:

Using the INLPTA motto.

NLP business has suffered a setback in the last 4 years and faces numerous challenges, some old, some new. The old familiar challenges are: It is not well established or even rejected by academics/universities, and its reputation in business and society in general could be better. What to do with these decades of difficulties?  Ignore them or set a positive example? INLPTA has chosen the latter - so it is necessary to provide quality, professionalism and ethics in INLPTA training and certification to show that NLP is possible, because we are different from the others who e.g. : - provide poor quality, - offer superficial short trainings, - are unprofessional or - are ethically questionable and thus give NLP a bad reputation. 


Some of the new challenges are social media, online marketing, the online movement and the "everything is on youtube/tiktok/facebook anyway, influencers, likes collectors", digital user generation and AI generated materials. 

Compared to this, the classic circle of chairs in the classroom, sitting for hours on end, storytelling and frontal teaching seem ancient, unattractive and outdated.  In the business context, 80-90% of communication now takes place online. Many coaching sessions now take place online via Zoom or similar. Universities and schools use online and multimedia technologies. Our training courses should take this into account. We need to find more flexible ways to teach and adapt to the needs of the younger generation and companies.  This is why online skills are also important in NLP and training.

The world outside NLP has developed many interesting new learning and teaching elements in recent decades. To name just a few: Action Learning, Active Learning (Eric Mazur), Flipped Learning, Gamification, Agile Methods and Processes, Embodied Learning/Cognition/Impact, Learning from the back of the room, learning facilitation, learning coaches, etc. If we look around as trainers, we will find many opportunities to refresh our training concepts, training designs and stay current or relevant.


As many know, NLP initially had a distant relationship with established academics as it was revolutionary, ground-breaking and provocative when it emerged, but it also struggled to build a relationship with the academic community afterwards. We at INLPTA are striving to re-establish the relationship with them by focusing on the science and showing that NLP can be taught in line with the latest scientific evidence. I myself have had good experiences in building a reputation as a reputable, respectable and recommendable trainer for academics, companies and institutions. 

In this way, reputation and recognition can be rebuilt in the business and academic world. The CP3 model that Wyatt, Marvin and I have developed for trainer training is a great tool for deeper understanding, more creativity and flexibility in the application of NLP, and if the P Principles part is based on widely accepted science, then we can teach NLP in a way that is compatible with and familiar to both academia and the business world. I will be sharing some of my findings and insights that I have gained over the years in some future articles on the INLPTA website and in the newsletters.

Wishing you a successful, exciting, educational and happy year, yours

Bert Feustel - co-founder INLPTA, Director, Master Trainer

Curriculum Revision 2023


In INLPTA we want to be true to our motto - Quality - Professionalism - Ethics and give all INLPTA Trainer Members, who have committed themselves to these values with their membership, guidance on how to achieve this. 


The INLPTA trainer is ultimately responsible for the compliance and achievement of the quality and criteria of the training, which is, after all, certified by his or her own signature on the issued certificate.

Poor quality or falling short of the criteria would thus reflect on the certifying trainer him/herself and result in undesirable consequences.


The INLPTA trainer has a lot of freedom in design, training design, exercise design, implementation, choice of focus and customer groups, choice of location.


The skills and competencies of the participants should be equal and are oriented towards the best possible configuration, no matter which training format, medium, focus, customer group, group size or time allocation is chosen.


Whether it is a 3h evening course, 2 day weekends, 5 day blocks, or 15 days in a row, whether it is small groups (min. 3) or large groups (over 15 participants assistants are needed), whether it is purely face-to-face training, hybrid (some participants are online) or purely synchronous online (via video conferencing system) the INLPTA trainer has to ensure that the best possible quality can be achieved with the chosen configuration of the training.

NLP trainings can have different focus / orientation, customer groups, training formats, time formats. 


Possible focuses are e.g.: Psychotherapy / Coaching - Personality development - Communication / Business - Sales/Marketing/PR.


Customer groups are e.g. persons in helping professions, persons with a lot of interpersonal interactions, persons with personnel responsibility, persons in consulting professions, pedagogues/teachers, persons with a need for self-management, etc.


In learning languages, science disciplines, and other skills, levels of competence are often used. We want to use this here as well.


Learning competence level: 

A1        knowing            Knowing how to recite the learning content

A2       understanding   Being able to explain in your own words

B1 B2   applying            Applying practically using what has been learned

C1        mastering         Being able to use what you have learned flexible

C2        pioneering        Invent new applications


The NLP trainings of INLPTA are to be designed by the trainer in such a way that a learning competence level for the certification of the training of at least B1 can be ensured for the participants. 


The configuration

The training format i.e. group size, time format, presence / hybrid / online format shall be chosen by the INLPTA Trainer from the design and implementation for the focus and customer groups so that:

  • the best results can be achieved,
  • the competence level B1 is ensured,
  • depending on the INLPTA trainers own experience, competence and technical requirements that are available. 

This means that the INLPTA trainer decides in a self-assessment in which configuration he/she feels confident and competent on the one hand and on the other hand the own desired learning objectives and the competence level greater than B1 can be achieved.


Updated requirements for INLPTA Practitioner and INLPTA Master-Practitioner 

  • Trainer: registered INLPTA trainer
  • Duration of training:
  • Minimum 130 hours (deducted breaks of more than 30 min).
  • Minimum 15 days - recommended 18 days
  • The training and content complies with all INLPTA competence standards and guidelines below
  • Certification: The candidate has passed the two testings (theoretical and practical). (theoretical: >80% correct, practical: demonstration of skills and contents of NLP to be applied flexibly)
  • The theoretical testings / documentation of them are kept by trainer:in for at least 5 years and can be viewed by INLPTA officials for quality control.
  • Certification: by a registered INLPTA trainer
  • the certificates contain the following data: Start and end of training, number of days, number of on-site hours  and number of online hours, certifying INLPTA Trainer. 
  • Certificates are printed on the corresponding coloured certificates of the levels and have the official seal of INLPTA.

If the training is conducted partially or completely online, the following points are required:

  • The training must be at least 130h synchronous (for P and MP)
  • The INLPTA trainer has the necessary technical equipment and in the competence of operation for the achievement of the learning objectives.
  • A videoconference system must be chosen that allows small group work and promotes interaction.
  • All participants must always be able to see and hear all other participants and the trainer.
  • The trainer must always be able to see and hear all participants.
  • An exchange of communication between all participants must be possible at all times.
  • The group and exercise portions must be as large (at least 60%) as in face-to-face training.
  • The special features of the effect of online training on group dynamics, commitment, interactivity, attention and verbal and non-verbal communication have been taken into account and adapted so that equivalent results to face-to-face training are available.
  • The admission of online trainings has to be applied for separately and a training in designing and conducting online / eLearning workshops or trainings is necessary and has to be proven (in total at least 25 hours). Extensive own experience and acquired expertise and development of adaptations for online trainings can be credited.

April 3, 2022:

For the first time in the history of NLP, the main global associations have created and adopted a NLP Unified Code of Ethics.

When in 2011, the coaching world announced that the main professional bodies had worked together to develop a unified charter (effectively their code of ethics) for coaching and mentoring, this was a fantastic leap forward for the coaching sector. It showed how the professional bodies were working together to make it easier to self-regulate and raise standards of practice.

Of course, NLP is known for modelling best practice so, in recent months, the main globally recognised NLP Associations have been generatively collaborating to develop something similar for the same reasons…to enable better self-regulation and raise standards of practice for the delivery of NLP services.

The outcome is that we are very proud to announce that the NLP Unified Code of Ethics is officially launched now and has been adopted by ANLP International CIC (ANLP), International Association for Neuro-Linguistic Programming (IANLP), International Association of NLP Institutes (IN) and International NLP Trainers Association (INLPTA).

In a field which has been known to model division in the past, the Unified Code of Ethics represents great teamwork, flexible and dynamic decision-making between all the Associations.  This is driven by mutual respect, modelling of the NLP presuppositions and a cohesive desire to bring unity, professionalism and even more credibility to our field.

The Associations share the Unified Code of Ethics and each Association has its own Code of Ethical Conduct that fully complements it.

We have many reasons to be grateful for the positive benefits of NLP each and every day and this move by our Associations is a further cause for celebration for the whole field of Professional NLP!

You can see the NLP Unified Code of Ethics on the Associations dedicated website https://www.unifiednlp.org/

Dear Fellow Neuro-Linguistic Programmer...

Welcome to The International Neuro-Linguistic Programming Trainer's Association (INLPTA). The INLPTA Mission Statement reads as follows: The purpose of INLPTA is to facilitate the alignment of professional NLP trainers around the world in the ethical and professional use of NLP through the standardization and continual improvement of the NLP accreditation process.


Pursuant to the conduct of this mission INLPTA has formulated a Code of Ethics and a set of Standards for NLP Practitioner, Master Practitioner, Trainer and Master Trainer Trainings. To prepare Trainers and Master Trainers to meet INLPTA's rigorous standards, INLPTA conducts International Trainer and Master Trainer Trainings every year in several locations around the globe.


If you are interested in being part of INLPTA, then you must attend one of the INLPTA Trainer or INLPTA Master Trainer Training and go through the testing process. This is the only way that INLPTA can be guaranteed of your ability to conduct trainings that follow the INLPTA Standards and that you are in alignment with the INLPTA Code of Ethics. INLPTA realizes that you may already be certified as an NLP Trainer and may have been training successfully for years. You are to be congratulated on this accomplishment. Nevertheless, if you want to be part of INLPTA it will be necessary to attend an INLPTA Trainer or Master Trainer Training and be evaluated. To do so is in no way a reflection on your ability or competencies. It is the only practical way that INLPTA has to determine your qualifications and your alignment with the INLPTA ideals. In fact about 10% of the participants in our trainings are already certified as trainers and want further to upgrade their skills and to align with INLPTA.

INLPTA has members on all five continents who have agreed upon Certification Standards in the Training of NLP. All of its members are NLP Trainers who have graduated from the most rigorous Trainer Training available. They have agreed on standards of ethics, professionalism and competence in the training of NLP. Their syllabus for NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner Trainings is updated yearly and includes both the classic and new cutting edge developments in NLP.


The first INLPTA Trainer and Master Trainer Training was held in Munich Germany in August 1994 with 75 people in attendance. A second INLPTA Trainer and Master Trainer Training was held in Sydney, Australia in October 1994 with 40 people in attendance. A third INLPTA Trainer and Master Trainer Trainings was held in Toronto, Canada in May 1995 and a fourth in Munich, Germany in August 1995. The fifth INLPTA Trainer and Master Trainer Trainings was held in Washington, D.C. in August 1996. 1996 also marked the first INLPTA Trainer Training in French. The sixth INLPTA Trainer Training was held in England in 1997. 1997 also saw the continuation of the French Trainer Training and the first INLPTA Trainer Training in German. The seventh INLPTA Trainer and Master Trainer Trainings was held in Manchester, England in August 1998 and INLPTA Trainer Trainings were also held in French and German. The eighth INLPTA Trainer and Master Trainer Training was held in Manchester, England in July, 1999 and the ninth INLPTA Trainer Training was held in Copenhagen, Denmark in July, 2000.


Since 2000 there have been over 40 INLPTA Trainer Trainings in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Slovenia, Turkey, Syria, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Australia and New Zealand.


Every year INLPTA Trainers Trainings are conducted in English, German and French and through translation in Arabic.


In 2005 INLPTA introduced an 18 day Master Coach Training which has been conducted in both English and German.Also a blended learning Practitioner Curriculum (mix of eLearning and on-site seminar) was created and held 3 times in Germany with participants from four different countries.


In 2007 we introduced another training concept about learning to learn, the learning coach.


in 2009 we introduced a new systemic constant/ coach curriculum.


In 2018 our 25th anniversary of our organization helping to provide a framework of guidelines and building up a community of NLP Trainers who are dedicated to professionalism, quality and ethics, we are in the progress of expanding more into eastern Europe, Russia, India and other countries where NLP is taught and used.