The Professional Life Coaching & NLP Programme – FAQ

October 30, 2018
October 30, 2018 nina

The Professional Life Coaching & NLP Programme – FAQ

How Is The Life Coaching & NLP Programme Delivered?

  • You attend 16 days of live training, full days from 10:00 am to 5:pm, spread over a series of weekends. These are intensive, practical, hands-on training days where you practice Coaching and NLP.
  • During Covid-19 we are delivering the full programme via Zoom calls, video links and supervised independent group assignments.
  • The course programme includes of pre-learning videos that introduce you to the many models, tools and techniques you will learn during the programme. These videos will enable you to start learning, and start changing your life straight away.
  • You receive personal support and mentoring from Nina Madden.
  • We also recommend that you begin a port-folio of practice clients as soon as you can. Many of our students start their portfolio of practice clients on second or third week of the programme.

What Will My Qualifications Be?

Your qualifications will be:

  • Certified NLP Practitioner
  • Certified NLP Master Practitioner and
  • Certified Personal Life Coach

Where Are My Qualifications Recognised? Is The Course Accredited?

Upon qualifying and completing all the assessments you will be an NLP Practitioner (Certified Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming), Certified Life Coach and a Certified NLP Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).

The Professional Coaching and NLP Programme is accredited and approved by the ABNLP which is the American Board for NLP. You are an NLP Practitioner and NLP Master Practitioner on completing the programme and passing all your assessments. This enables our international students to work anywhere in the world.

The Professional Life Coaching and NLP is also registered with the ANLP, and the founder and lead trainer Nina Madden is a qualified and Accredited NLP Trainer. The ANLP is the largest and the only independent UK board for NLP. Upon qualification you will be an NLP Practitioner and NLP Master Practitioner according to the criteria of the ANLP.

We are endorsed by the ILM – The prestigious Institute of Leadership and Management.

Our training adheres to the core competencies and international coaching models recognised by the ICF, International Coach Federation, meaning that on completion and certification, you can also apply to join the ICF via their portfolio route. They will in addition to your training, require you to do a number of coaching hours and have supervised mentor coaching. This is standard procedures.

Can I Start Working Straight Away?

Yes absolutely. Just make sure you have insurance and you’re ready to go.

You Say On the Programme Page that Some Students Have a Psychology, Reiki or Other Background. What if I’m a Total Beginner? Will I Be Ok On your Course?


You don’t need any background in psychology to excel on our programme.

As long as you are compassionate and have a strong desire to make an impact in peoples lives as a job and career. Life Coaching is a forward looking, practical approach that gives people solutions to problems.

How Do I Qualify?

You are assessed in line with the agreed criteria from the governing boards such as the ANLP, the ABNLP and the ILM and the ICF. The ICF has developed standards for “Core Competencies” which you are assessed against.

  • To complete training participants must attend each of the training day unless otherwise agreed (time can be made up by a) joining another programme or b) doing 1:1.
  • There is a test to pass.
  • You must demonstrate proficiency in the core NLP techniques.
  • Show a behavioural integration of the Presuppositions of NLP.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of NLP.
  • Integration of the Core Principles of Coaching.
  • Ongoing assessment of the core competencies.
  • Participate actively in the exercises.
  • Performing the taught NLP Techniques correctly
  • Ability to establish trust and rapport.
  • Adhere to the Code of Ethics.
  • Remain non-judgemental at all times.
  • Ability to create a safe space for your client.
  • Never giving advice or suggestions in coaching.

Along with the exam you are also assessed according to the membership boards on the following

  1. Integration of the Core Competencies of the ICF (live assessment during the training and video recording).
  2. Behavioural integration of the Presuppositions of NLP within your coaching practice (live assessment during the training and through video recording).
  3. Adherence and understanding of the Coaching Model TGROW (live assessment during the training and through video recording)
  4. Accurate understanding of when to use what in NLP, and demonstration that you are capable of performing the various techniques (live assessment during the training).

We are fair and transparent on our assessment and you will as much as possible be given a fair opportunity to act on any feedback, showing that you have learnt and are continuing to learn.

Does Everyone Pass?

No. Not everyone passes.

What Are The Major Causes of Not Passing?

Dropping out. Not attending the course. Not handing in the test. Not adhering to the code of ethics. (Having an unethical agenda). Not taking on board feedback or willingness to learn. Not being able to demonstrate proficiency on the assessment points listed above.

If you create a negative experience for other learners, undermine other learners or the training, or act and behave in a way that undermines the delivery of the training, or the other participants ability to learn you will be asked to leave the training.

What Happens If I Fail An Element Of The Assessment?

Should you fail on one element, it will be explained to you why you failed and what is required from you. You will then be given the opportunity to redo that element showing that you have taken the feedback on-board and that you clearly understand and have improved.

We do not try to “trick” anyone or make it difficult for you.

We are here to help you become the best coach that you can be.

Our  assessment is transparent and fair. The marking of test is done by an external marker who marks anonymously and these are then doubly verified by a Quality Assurance marker. Should you disagree with the marking you have further recourse to appeal through our complaints procedure.


As an Endorsed Training Provider with the ILM we have policies and procedures in place to protect our students. Should you be unhappy with the course the first course of action would be to email the office to voice your grievance. Should you feel that your complaint is not handled sensitively or that the outcome is not satisfactory you can appeal.

What happens if I Get Sick or Have an Emergency Half Way Through?

Please make sure that you understand our T&C before signing up for the program. These can be found here.

I understand that life happens. If you need to drop out for an emergency such as serious illness, I will do my best to transfer you to the next programme so that you can complete your learning. However, please know that such transfer is a gesture of good will and by no means guaranteed. Please read the T&C before signing up.

How Long Have You Been Teaching, Nina?

I’ve been an NLP Therapist and Life Coach since 2007 with a practice in Kensington and working with clients from all over the world.

I qualified as an Accredited Trainer of NLP, Life Coaching and Hypnosis in 2010 and ran my first group that year.

But my training didn’t take off until 2012 when I started teaching in earnest and I have been busy ever since running my type of small intimate groups with lots of hands-on real coaching and NLP.

What Does Endorsed by The ILM mean?

This means that The Professional Coaching & NLP Programme has gone through a vigorous verification process by the ILM and that we have achieved Endorsed Status.

Being endorsed by the ILM means:

  1. ILM recognises our expertise in tailoring and delivering a bespoke training that meets our organisation’s needs. This is not a cookie cutter training.
  2. ILM recognises our freedom to tailor the length, content and delivery of your programmes, whilst they monitor the overall quality.
  3. ILM ensures the quality of our programme and the fairness and transparency of our assessment through regular visits and sampling by external assessors.
  4. ILM recognition empowers individual and organisational leadership with flexible and quality assured solutions for progression.

There is a long and arduous process to get ILM Endorsed status.

ILM assesses all our course material, content, structure, lecture plans, policies and procedures, material, power-points, flip charts, manuals, etc.

This means that you have recourse to things like:

  • Internal Quality Assurance
  • Plagiarism
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Reasonable adjustment policies
  • Malpractice and Maladministration
  • Complaints procedures
  • Aims and Objectives for each part of the syllabus and for the programme as a whole
  • Reasonable Adjustment Policy
  • Equality and Diversity Policy
  • Privacy and Data Protection

This means that your assessment and qualification is assessed on a regular basis by external verifiers who visit our centre and make sure that all records as to your exams and assessment documents are kept on file, transparent and fair. They may look at things such as:

  • management of ILM provision;
  • implementation of policies and procedures;
  • appropriateness of resources;
  • suitability of learner support;
  • validity of assessment and internal verification processes;
  • reliability of IQA records;
  • approach towards areas for continuous improvement;
  • Implementation of any previous actions issued via internal or external quality assurance (EQA).

You Provide Two Prices, One Including ILM Certification and One Without – What Is The Difference?

There is no difference in the content of the programme, what you learn, the structure or the hours of live training.

However, there is a difference in how your application is handled and the administrative procedures around your assessment.

The reason we offer the ILM as an optional extra, is because many of our students are not interested in becoming endorsed by the ILM and the ILM is not relevant to them.

If you wish to have an ILM Certification please let us know.

What About Your Price? £5,497 (or £4,997 without ILM Certification)  is a lot of money.

We appreciate that it is a large investment. However, the programme is very competitively priced.

You get three qualifications in one;

The Professional Life Coaching & NLP Programme provides you with three recognised qualifications.

The cost of each one separately according to market prices you would be paying:

  • NLP Practitioner £2,800 (+VAT)
  • NLP Master Practitioner £3,500 (+VAT)
  • Life Coaching/ Personal Coaching £4,500 (+ VAT)

Average Market Price £10,800 (+VAT)

Our Prices:

Option A: The Professional Life Coaching & NLP Programme (no ILM Certification) £4,997

Option B: The Professional Life Coaching & NLP Programme (with ILM Certification) £5,497

So, you can see that the course fee is very competitive. In addition the course fee includes:

  • 16 days live training.
  • 3 Certifications/ qualifications
  • Lifetime access to online learning materials.
  • Bonus module on how to set up your successful Coaching & Therapy business
  • 12 months mentoring and support post qualifying

We are regulated and accredited;

There are many non-regulated courses on the market that will not equip you with the skills and tools you need nor will they be recognised by the membership boards. You can do online courses and get a certified with almost no assessment. With the Professional Coaching With NLP Programme you will be able to join the ANLP/ ABNLP and get insurance.

What Are Typical Earnings of a Life Coach or NLP Master Practitioner?

Our students typically start at £100 – £150 per hour for Life Coaching and NLP, working either through therapy centres and clinics or individually from home, or from rented ad-hoc offices (there are many offices available throughout London that charge around £16-£20 per hour for a room.)

More established coaches tend to charge £150-£250 per hour. In Harley Street £350 per hour and upward is not unusual.

Corporate Coaches can earn anything between £1,000 per day to £5,000 per day depending on their industry and niche, and in finance there is a well known NLP Coach charging £10,000 for 3 sessions.

Outside London the fees are slightly lower. A quick google search should tell you the market prices. You can search Life Coaching, NLP Master Practitioners but also Hypnotherapy and CBT.

A Life Coach and NLP Master Practitioner can easily work with 15-20 clients per week.

This provides you with a weekly income of (on the lower end) £2,250 to £3,750 per week or £9,000 to £15,000 per month.

Your ability to earn is the combination of your hourly fee and your willingness to see clients.

To be an excellent life coach you need true passion for helping people become empowered, happy and fulfilled. This is not a way to make money quick.

Can I Become a Qualified Life Coach and NLP Master Practitioner in Just Five Weeks?

Yes! There is no need to spend years at university. You can become an NLP Practitioner, Life Coach and NLP Master Practitioner in just five weeks with the Professional Coaching and NLP Programme.

This is not an education or a qualification in psychology or counselling, but that does not mean that you can’t help people make profound changes to their lives.

With our programme you

  • Get the theory, tools and techniques through or online learning portal.
  • Have 16 full days of intensive full-on supervised practice, coaching and NLP interventions.
  • Have access to mentoring and support as you build your portfolio of clients after you qualify.
  • Have access to a community of learners via our private Facebook Group for support and peer to peer practice.

What Logos Can I Use on My Website?

Once you are qualified Life Coach and NLP Master Practitioner you are able to join the various membership boards.

ILM – make sure that you request an ILM Certification when registering. You can join the ILM and pay the yearly fee. Once a member you can use their logo on your website.

ANLP – once qualified you are entitled to join the ANLP. Once a member you can then use the ANLP logo on your website.

ABNLP – same here. Once qualified you can join the ABNLP and use their logo on your website.

ICF – once you have qualified you can apply to join the ICF via their portfolio route. You must in addition to the training, provide them with case studies and a number of coaching hours. Please check their website to understand what you need. Once you have passed their application process, fulfilled their criteria and become a member you use their logo too.

With all of these membership boards the rules are the same. You must be a member in order to use their logo. Each board is between £120 – £180 per year.

You don’t have to be a member anywhere to practice as a Coach or NLP Practitioner.

Do I Need Insurance To Practice?

Yes, you must have insurance as a Life Coach and NLP Practitioner.

Our students insure with Holistic Insurances and the premium is about £65 per year.

Do I Need Any Prior Qualifications?

No. You do not need a university degree to join The Professional Life Coaching With NLP Programme.

How Do I Enrol?  What Are The Next Steps?

Great! You’re ready to change your life? The first step is to book a call with me to get yourself registered. To secure your place  you need to put down a deposit, and then the course fee is needed before the course starts. There are payment plans available for a limited number of students on each course.

Book a call with Nina or the team to get yourself booked in:

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Once registered you will get on-boarded. You will receive welcome email, tax invoice, receipts and access to all the materials including Facebook group and membership area where the videos are hosted.

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