The question of the validity of online NLP training vs. classic in person NLP training is an important one in the age of the Internet. With more and more trainers offering NLP online, board members of various NLP associations must face the choice of endorsing online courses or not.
Online learning of NLP is as powerful as the program of delivery that is engaged by the training institution. While there are many detractors to online learning, it must be remembered that there is no guarantee that sitting in a classroom for 7 – 10 days will ensure a deep understanding and application of the techniques being taught. The structure and assessment of the training provided, in any format, is the key to whether students will ultimately be considered as proficient in NLP work.
There are several compelling aspects to online learning which accounts for its growing popularity as a delivery method. For innovative training institutions, the ability to create a new paradigm for delivery and assessment is at the top of the list.
The INA advocates that online learning should be in the form of a blended approach, whereby the combination of synchronous and asynchronous methodologies is used to provide an enhanced learning experience. Establishing a self-paced learning experience that is supported by an extensive database of audio and visual resources as well as live interactive demonstration sessions connects the students with both the theory and the practical application of NLP.
An online approach also ensures that time zones, geographic location and work commitments are not blocks to students having access to training and certifications in life changing programs. With the learning resources available at any time and the opportunity to interact with others via a range of platforms such as, Facebook, Skype, Zoom and YouTube.
The International NLP Association is willing to endorse online NLP certification under the same ethical and quality guidelines that apply to any NLP training, with additional expectations as detailed below.
INA quality guidelines for online NLP training and certification
1. All character issues regarding the NLP trainers involved apply without exception.
2. The online NLP training course must included blended learning, involving training manuals, audio guides, and video demonstrations, and access to live, interactive training access.
3. Students must have access to a qualified NLP trainer to address questions, comments or other concerns with the training material.
4. The course must provide exercises that have to be done in the real world among people. Students must prove to their assigned instructor that all exercises were completed, demonstrating the outcomes and a thorough understanding of the material.
5. Written tests in essay form must be given and approved for each training module.
6. The NLP online training organization must be open and honest about the nature of the study materials, what is provided and what is not provided to the student.
8. The NLP online training organization must not sell NLP certification to someone who it believes would be better off attending an in-person training.
9. The NLP online training organization must provide timely technical support to students.
10. All training fees and costs must be disclosed prior to purchase.
Given the savings in cost, convenience and the guidelines above, INA believes that online NLP training courses offer a unique opportunity to make neuro-linguistic programming available to a wider audience. Prospective students should be meticulous in investigating any online NLP training center to ensure its programs and certification meets INA guidelines.