How Long Does It Take To Become an NLP Practitioner?

Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is a hot topic among coaches and mentors nowadays. When applied hand-in-hand with life coaching strategies, it inspires positive behavioral change at the individual level, and later transforms into success. 

To become an NLP practitioner, one must complete an NLP program, such as Symbiosis Coaching’s ICF-accredited NLP training course. This usually takes sixty to seventy hours, though the length depends on the course you take and the certifying body you’re applying to (i.e. the required number of hours); some programs even extend up to 120 hours. After completing the necessary steps, you can offer NLP in your life coaching and mentoring practice.

What Is NLP?

NLP is a psychological approach rooted in therapy. It intends to aid people in communication and personal development and is particularly known for its modeling strategies, which allow individuals to achieve desirable outcomes by replicating patterns that worked successfully for others.

There are three key concepts behind NLP, all of which are suggested in its name:


NLP deals with the functions of the nervous system, particularly the brain. Its strategies are designed to increase a person’s awareness and recognition of their behaviors, reactions, and actions, as well as any inherent biases and patterns. Through this, NLP can help individuals rewire their brains to have a more positive mindset.


People communicate both internally and externally, and NLP recognizes that in these exchanges of information, things may get lost in translation. So, the framework aims to improve the linguistics of the mind towards the self and others.


NLP “programs” the psyche and behavior to drive successful results. This is an effective strategy that can be used both at the individual level (such as self-improvement or therapy) or at a larger scale (like the collective achievement of a company goal).

What Is NLP Coaching and Mentoring?

What is NLP coaching and mentoring, anyway? This refers to the coexistence and collaboration of core competencies behind life coaching and NLP. They work hand-in-hand to facilitate positive change in individuals to achieve desired results. 

Here are some benefits of NLP coaching and mentoring that have made it a valuable specialization:

Holistic Approach

NLP is more problem-solving while coaching and mentoring are more outcome-based. Combined, these two approaches offer a holistic experience that offers more consistent and long-lasting success.

Effective Strategies

One of the most successful strategies of NLP is modeling, which breaks down successful methodologies into actionable frameworks that people can replicate to arrive at the same results. 

Greater Success

Because NLP coaching and mentoring deal with both internal and external factors, it sets people up for success that they can obtain repeatedly and sustain better in the long run.

What Is an NLP Practitioner?

An NLP practitioner is a professional coach or mentor that has received the necessary training and certification to put NLP into practice. These experts help people recognize their tendencies and change psychologically and behaviorally to achieve their goals or obtain success in their fields.

How to Become an NLP Practitioner

One must complete an accredited NLP course to become an NLP practitioner. Symbiosis Coaching offers a dual certification program that combines both life coaching and NLP competencies, allowing you to be trained and certified in both fields for more specialized practice. The NLP program can also be taken standalone.

What Qualifications Do I Need to Become an NLP Practitioner?

Anyone can be an NLP practitioner; there’s no specific profile or prerequisites required to become one. That said, NLP practitioners need to have a positive and purposeful attitude that inspires and empowers them to help others reach their goals.

How Long Does It Take To Become an NLP Practitioner?

NLP training usually takes sixty to seventy hours, but the length may vary depending on the program, institution, and requirements of the NLP certifying body. Some courses take up to 120 hours.

How Much Does an NLP Practitioner Earn?

An NLP practitioner earns an average of $75,000 a year, typically falling in the range of $70,000 to $80,000. They can charge anywhere from $60 to $200 an hour when working independently. Some NLP practitioners may also take a regular salary as HR personnel or a life coach on retainer for individuals or companies.

Become an NLP Practitioner With Symbiosis Coaching

Symbiosis Coaching’s online NLP practitioner training course will equip you with the necessary training, tools, and frameworks you need to effectively practice life coaching and mentoring with NLP. Enroll in the course to get started with your NLP practitioner journey today!

Certified NLP Coach

Program Description: The Certified NLP Coach program allows you to incorporate very powerful NLP techniques you’re your day-to-day coaching practice.

ICF Training Hours: 65

Duration: 25-weeks

Schedule: One 2-hour class per week

Includes certificate: Yes

Certified Organizational Development Coach

Program Description: The Certified Organizational Development Coach program is a unique program that allows you to coach entire organizations on their Organizational Development, Change Management, and Corporate Transformational goals.

ICF Training Hours: 65

Duration: 25-weeks

Schedule: One 2-hour class per week

Includes certificate: Yes

Certified Executive Coach

Program Description: The Certified Executive Coach program is designed for coaches who wish to coach executives and corporate leaders.

ICF Training Hours: 32

Duration: 12-weeks

Schedule: One 2-hour class per week

Includes certificate: Yes

Certified Life Coach

Program Description: The Certified Life Coach program covers all of ICF’s core coaching competencies. This is an essential program for all coaches and covers all aspects of coaching including Developing a Coaching Mindset, Coaching Process and Structure, Human Behavior Modalities, Emotional Intelligence, Deep Listening, Managing Client Challenges, and many more. It also includes extensive business building tools. Whether you plan on doing personal coaching, corporate coaching, or NLP coaching, this program provides you with a solid foundation.

ICF Training Hours: 95

Duration: 24-weeks

Schedule: One 2-hour class per week

Includes certificate: Yes

Class Schedule
ProgramStart DateClass TimesClass Schedule
Certified Life CoachMonday, April 3rd10:30am ET
3:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 24-weeks
Certified Organizational
Development Coach
Wednesday, May 3rd10:30am ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 25-weeks
Certified Executive
Tuesday, May 9th10:30am ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 8-weeks
Certified NLP Coach
Thursday, May 4th10:30am ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 25-weeks
Platinum - ACC/PCC
Friday, April 7th10:30am ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 1-hour
for 6-sessions PLUS 4 one-on-
one sessions with mentor