Over the past few years it has become increasingly obvious that the interests and welfare of the NLP community would best be served through a formal association. INLPA is a not-for-profit corporation and was founded in 1999.
Is INLPA a remake of the old National Association for NLP (NANLP) or the International Association for NLP (IANLP)?
No. INLPA is an entirely new Association with new bylaws and some very exciting and specific reasons for being. INLPA has no connection with any previous association, institute, group of institutes, or group of individuals. We have, however, based our code of ethics and training standards on those developed by NANLP.
Why are training standards important?
There are many reasons that training standards are important. For example, all of us are consumers and as consumers we want to be able to know that the products we purchase have value. Training standards establish an NLP core curriculum and a minimum number of hours of classroom instruction time deemed necessary for each certification level. These standards, therefore, assure the student that he is receiving the most value for his money.
Won't the standards make all certification training the same?
Not at all! All standards are minimum standards. If a trainer wishes to add instructional time they can do so. The same is true with the subject matter offered in a training. As long as the core curriculum is thoroughly covered, trainers may include as much additional material as they wish.
I'm a trainer and I use my own training standards. Can I join INLPA?
When you join INLPA you agree to abide by the Association's minimum standards for your certification programs. If your training standards meet or exceed those of INLPA, you are welcome to continue using your own.
I'm a trainer and while I do not do certification training, I do teach other NLP processes and applications.
No problem! The standards are only for certification.
How can we be sure that INLPA will not go the way of those other associations?
INLPA has a strong set of bylaws that were specifically developed to prevent the difficulties encountered by the previous NLP association(s). INLPA is not a fellowship organization but rather a Professional Association whose members are professionals in their respective fields.
Do you think it presumptuous to call yourself an "International" association?
Not at all! We welcome members from all over the world and they are eligible to serve on the Board of Directors or as Committee chairpersons should they so desire.
Who owns INLPA?
INLPA is owned by its members.
What are the various membership categories?
There are three voting membership catagories: Certified Practitioner, Certified Master Practitioner, and Certified Trainer. Institute and Associate memberships are non-voting.
Who will run the Association and take care of its day-to-day operation?
The present Executive Director of INLPA is Ms. Barbara A. Faraone, a professional association administrator with many years of "not-for-profit" association experience.
Where will our dues go and how will Association funds be handled?
All monies collected by INLPA will be used to fulfill and support the Association's mission. Expenses include such things as staff salaries, office supplies and equipment, membership material, telephone charges, web site fees, etc. All State laws mandate that "not-for-profit' membership associations provide an accounting of the association's funds to its members on an annual basis. Section 8.8 of our Bylaws specifically address this subject.
Are Board members paid?
Service on the Board of Directors is voluntary and non-renumerative. Board members who incur expenses in the performance of an assigned task may be reimbursed at the discretion of the full board.
What are the duties of a Board Member?
The duties of a Board Member are to establish policy for INLPA and to help lead the Association in fulfillment of the purposes of its Bylaws and Code of Ethics for which it was formed . Board member duties do not include operating the Association's office or directing its day-to-day operations.
I operate an NLP institute. Can I apply for membership?
Yes, there is an institute membership which includes an individual membership for its designated representative, a listing on INLPA's web site, listings of its various activities, and an internet link to the institutes web site.