NLP Standards

  • Assessment for certification occurs throughout the training period and during the exam period.
  • The main focus of the exam is on the process of feedback, learning and integration not exclusively on testing.
  • Participants should progressively show improvement in their skills during the training periods. The exam at the end is the confirmation of this development.
  • Participants are evaluated on attitude, skills and knowledge.
  • The trainer provides feedback on the participant's greatest strengths and areas needing improvement.
  • Participants who do not receive certification immediately are given an explanation of why not and what they need to do next to get it.
  • Unethical or unecological use of NLP techniques may result in not receiving certification.
  • If you have any questions or uncertainties whether your training meets the INLPTA guidelines, please contact us, we will be happy to help you: info(at)

INLPTA 2023 revision curriculum


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/her own signature on the issued certificate.


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


The INLPTA Trainer has a lot of freedom in design, training design, exercise design, implementation, choice of focus / orientation and target 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, target 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 (more than 15 participants require assistants), whether it is purely face-to-face training, hybrid (some participants are online) or purely synchronous online (via video conferencing system) the INLPTA trainer:in must ensure that the best possible quality can be achieved with the chosen configuration of the training.


NLP trainings can have different focus / emphasis, target groups, training formats, time formats. 


Possible focuses / emphasis are for example:

Psychotherapy / Coaching 

Personality development / personal growth

Communication / Business 



Target 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, scientific disciplines, and other skills, levels of competence are often used. We want to use this here as well.


Learning competence level: 

Knowing how to recite the content knowing A1

Being able to explain in your own words understanding A2

Applying practically using what has been learned applying B1 B2

Being able to use what you have learned flexibly mastering C1

inventing new applications pioneering C2


The NLP trainings of INLPTA have to be configured by the trainer in a way that a learning competence level of at least B1 can be ensured for the participants to certify the training. 


The configuration of the training 

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 / emphasis and target groups so that the best mediation can be achieved, the competence level B1 is ensured, depending on the 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 desired learning objectives and the competence level greater than B1 can be achieved.


Guidelines for INLPTA NLP-Practitioner / NLP 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 listed.

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 attendance and online hours, certifying INLPTA Trainer

Certificates are printed on the corresponding coloured certificates of the levels and have the official seal of INLPTA.


Online Training - Requirements

If the training is carried out partially or completely online, the following points must be observed:

  • The training must be at least 130 hours synchronous (P,MP)
  • A video conferencing 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 specifics of the effect of online training on group dynamics, engagement, interactivity, attention, and verbal and non-verbal communication have been addressed and adapted to provide equivalent results to face-to-face training.
  • The approval 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.