NLP Practitioner Competencies

Below is a minimum set of competencies expected of an NLP Practitioner who has attended an ITA certified NLP Practitioner course.  This list is not exhaustive and some trainers may include additional patterning. We suggest you check with the Training Institutes for their syllabuses. Some Institutes teach patterning that is specific to type of field or business, i.e. health applications, coaching, business, education etc. Again, we suggest you check with each institute for any specific applications.

Minimum Classic Code NLP Practitioner Competencies

Calibration (input channels)


Representational systems

The ability to detect the preferred representational system by:

Language patterns

Methods of verifying map alignment (paraphrase, for example)

Minimum metaphor competency

Anchoring techniques

Multiple perceptual positions

With special emphasis on triple description (the use of 1st, 2nd and 3rd position), with full competency to move quickly and cleanly between these perceptual positions.

Chain of Excellence

Epistemology (from Whispering) with f1, FA and f2

Being able to recognise the above distinctions and how they impact mental processing at different points of representation.

Being able to design interventions and understand the leverage point of that intervention in the epistemological distinction.

Simple hypnotic patterning

Using inductions and language patterns (portions of the Milton Model) to utilise both deliberate and spontaneously occurring altered states.

Involuntary signal systems

N-Step Reframing (old Six Step Reframing)

Tasking (especially for changing belief systems)

Parts Interventions

Minimum New Code NLP Competencies

New Code games and activities:

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