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Inside ABNLP: The Gold Standard in NLP Certification

To become certified by the American Board of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, which is currently the one of the biggest and oldest global board membership body in the US for NLP, certain standards must be met. These standards ensure that practitioners have a solid foundation in NLP techniques and principles. Here is an overview of the certification standards as outlined by ABNLP:

  1. Training Requirements: A minimum of 120 hours of training in the basics of NLP patterns is required. This training must be conducted by a certified trainer or a certified master practitioner under the supervision of a trainer.

  2. Demonstration of Basic Skills: Trainees must demonstrate the ability to identify and utilize basic skills, techniques, patterns, and concepts of NLP competently with themselves and others. This includes the behavioral integration of the basic presuppositions of NLP.

  3. Presuppositions of NLP: Practitioners must demonstrate understanding and application of the basic presuppositions of NLP, including respect for others' models of the world, the meaning of communication is the response you get, and everyone has the necessary resources they need to succeed.

  4. Rapport: Trainees must demonstrate the ability to establish and maintain rapport using various techniques.

  5. Pacing and Leading: Demonstrated ability to use pacing and leading techniques in rapport building.

  6. Calibration: Ability to calibrate or read non-verbal cues and describe them using sensory-based language.

  7. Representational Systems: Understanding and application of representational systems, predicates, and accessing cues.

  8. Meta Model: Understanding and application of the Meta Model for language patterns.

  9. Milton Model: Understanding and application of the Milton Model for hypnotic language patterns.

  10. Well-Formed Outcomes: Ability to elicit well-formed outcomes and structures of the present state.

  11. Overlap and Translation: Understanding and application of overlap and translation techniques.

  12. Metaphor Creation: Ability to create and use metaphors effectively.

  13. Frames: Understanding and application of frames, including contrast, relevancy, as if, and backtracking.

  14. Anchoring: Ability to anchor states using visual, auditory, and kinesthetic cues.

  15. Contextual Anchoring: Ability to anchor states within a specific context.

  16. Consciousness Shifting: Ability to shift consciousness to internal or external as required.

  17. Dissociation and Association: Understanding and application of dissociation and association techniques.

  18. Chunking: Ability to chunk information effectively.

  19. Sub-Modalities: Understanding and application of sub-modalities in changing perceptions.

  20. Resource Building: Ability to access and build resources.

  21. Reframing: Understanding and application of reframing techniques.

  22. Strategies: Understanding and application of strategy detection, elicitation, utilization, and installation.

  23. Behavioral Flexibility: Demonstration of behavioral flexibility in various contexts.

These standards ensure that practitioners have a thorough understanding of NLP principles and techniques and are able to apply them effectively in practice. Certification by ABNLP is a mark of excellence in the field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.


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