NLP: Accreditation Standards

NLP does not sit within the NQF (National Qualifications Framework).  What this means is that NLP qualifications are not regulated through the same UK educational Framework which offers qualifications such as GCSE’s, A Levels, Degrees or other Higher Education certificates.

Many NLP training providers choose not to affiliate themselves with any accreditation bodies. So bear in mind when shopping around that having lack of quality control from an external body can leave the door open for inexperienced NLP providers (those who are underqualified) offering low value/poor quality imitations of what a fully accredited NLP Practitioner or NLP Master Practitioner qualification should look like.

Within the arena of NLP there are a number of stand-alone accreditation bodies to whom many long standing professional NLP providers tie themselves too.  These bodies necessitate that their selected providers adhere to a set of values, ethical practices, demonstrate credibility and professional conduct; whilst importantly ensuring that the learning hours required to attain the respected ‘NLP Qualification Levels’ are reached and delivered to the highest of standards.

IMPORTANT TIP:  To check the hours for standard NLP qualification levels please review our page: NLP Certification Levels 

Accreditation has for over 30 years, been debated within the field as to how it should be organised and structured, hence the many varying models. Confusion can often occur from consumers when deciding on which NLP training provider to enrol with or which training provider has the ‘best’ certification. Then add to that the importance of course location, the price, how experienced the trainer is and the dates available to attend (can be a deciding factor)!!

It is our recommendation that you look for NLP course providers who offer accreditation through one of the following long standing NLP regulators. At least this way you know that they have been externally verified and if you are not happy with what you have received you have someone to discuss your experience with.

ABNLP Accreditation

Founded: 1995/1982

Owner: Dr A.M Krasner / Drs Tad & Adrianna James


We have over 500 NLP institutes across the USA, Australia, UK and the rest of Europe. Each of the Certified Trainers will cover the same content as is outlined on the pages within the website. What differs is style of presentation, length of time, use of computer graphics and the use of multi-media learning options. Through-out the world compliance with these standards is voluntary, and so you will also find people teaching NLP who do not adhere to these standards. We highly recommend our Approved Institutes and when you see the seal of the ABNLP, below, you can be sure that this high level of excellence has been subscribed to by the Training Institute.

ABNLP Accreditation
INLPTA (International NLP Trainer Association)

Founded: 1994

Owner: Wyatt Woodsmall, Marvin Oka, Bert Feustel


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.

ABNLP Accreditation
SNLP (Society of NLP)

Founded: 1979

Owner: John La Valle (President)


Participants who follow training courses in NLP with trainers accredited and licensed by the Society of NLP, are required at the end of the course, to sign a “License Agreement”. The License Agreement is just one way to protect the participant, NLP and Dr.Richard Bandler.

ABNLP Accreditation
AIP (Association for Integrative Psychology)

Founded:  2005 (USA) Owner: Matthew B. James, MA, PhD. Website: The purpose of the Association for Integrative Psychology, Inc. is to promote awareness and acceptance of complementary, alternative, and integrative approaches to human behaviour as viable ways to facilitate change.

ABNLP Accreditation
ANLP (Association of NLP)

Founded: 1985 (Frank Kevlin)

Owner: Karen Moxom (CEO & Editor of Rapport)


We recognise that choosing the right NLP Professional for your needs can be confusing. To reduce the risk of potential pitfalls, we are here to encourage best practice among NLP Professionals, provide impartial advice and help you make the best choice.