Where did you get your qualifications from again?

Many people can show you certificates covering their ‘qualifications’, but where did it come from and what does it mean? What criteria have had to have been met for this person to have been issued a certificate or qualification? The field of NLP, Hypnotherapy and many others modalities are no strangers to this area. In John Grinder’s own words regarding the ITA: “In view of the deteriorating quality of the training on offer publicly, I am motivated to offer a mark of guaranteed quality for trainers who satisfy the concrete criteria…” Adhering to this drive for quality, we only issue qualifications based upon students exceeding the standards set by the ITA. This BBC article cited here highlights the problems when there are fancy names for Boards and Groups, but no structure, intention or idea on how to set standards or qualify people for the standards.

Cat registered as hypnotherapist

From BBCs Inside Out program - This cat's name is George, and was successfully registered with three hypnotherapy organisations.
From BBC's Inside Out program - This cat's name is George, and was successfully registered with three hypnotherapy organisations.

Checking your trainers or coaches credentials can be quite enlightening. Belonging to a Professional Body needs to be checked as best you can. If someone quotes the Professional Body that they belong to, the better Professional Bodies usually have an online register where these can be checked. You should also be able to check for their qualifying criteria as well.

This amusing but also disturbing article, the BBC’s “Inside Out” program has found that the regulation of hypnotherapists in the UK is so lax that even a cat can become accredited…. Quoting from the article, Chris Jackson, presenter of Inside Out in the North East and Cumbria, registered pet George with three industry bodies. In the UK, George was registered with the British Board of Neuro Linguistic Programming (BBNLP), the United Fellowship of Hypnotherapists (UFH) and the Professional Hypnotherapy Practitioner Association (PHPA). Each one accepted a certificate from the non-existent Society of Certified Advanced Mind Therapists as proof of George’s credentials.

The BBC article

Our registration with the ITANLP on the List of Trainers and their criteria for certifying. Continuing John Grinder’s quote from the introduction…

“The ITA is a vehicle for offering to the public a trainer whose quality performance is certified by me as the co-creator of both classic Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and the New Code NLP along with Carmen Bostic St, Clair, co-developer of the New Code and Michael Carroll, our most competent and carefully selected colleague in this movement to quality differentiation in the field. The mark is the seal of the ITANLP. If you are thinking of taking an NLP training I urge you to look for seal “

Our registration with the ITANLP as a Certifying Institute and their levels of certification within the ITANLP.

The publication of our compliant course with the ITANLP

Our listing at the Professional Guild of NLP and the Professional Guild of NLP – Individual Member Code of Practice

Sonya’s public entry in LinkedIn

Mark’s public entry in LinkedIn

Our NLP Course starting in Training Information and Calendar

There is a list of unaccredited institutions of higher learning or universities issuing fake certificates for your reference. Some are using them to make their own background look stronger.


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