Licensed NLP Certification. You have heard it before, and came across it in many websites. But to state that NLP is licensed or trademarked is a myth which is worth debunking.
Please understand that I, as a Certified NLP Trainer know that NLP is beautiful and a way to change behaviours fast and create changes that last.
NLP is about learning how to use your mind and run your life. It is not about getting a license to think. NLP is not licensed, and there are no trademarks that apply to NLP, as some of the key concepts and expressions of Neuro Linguistic Programming or NLP were mentioned as early as 1943.
But there is a story behind the licensing issues in NLP.
Let me share this story with you, but most of it can be found in the respective section in Wikipedia – other sources of information and weblinks in the end of this entry.
It was the end of the 1970s, beginning of the 1980s and NLP was at its height. That was the time, when Bill Clinton and Al Gore became involved with NLP as well.
The developers in NLP, John Grinder and Richard Bandler but most likely others as well, became alienated with each other about the direction that could be taken within the field.