VQC 1.01 Wiener Qualitätscheckliste für Coachingausbildungen

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NLP trainings are offered in Central Europe since around 1982.

As NLP is part of practical psychology, one can say it is always “working with one’s mind”. Until 1990 in Europe NLP trainings were mainly arranged by psychotherapists. Unfortunately many people with a personality (disorder), who failed in their profession, used the American ideas of "parareligious hypnotic show - business" and "making money quick". They extolled a few handy parts of NLP as manipulating instruments to fascinate big groups and made big bucks. This - beside political accusations - has discredited NLP. Many different sect like groups and charlatans developed with only very few reputable providers left over.

"One can successfully complete a course within 10 days". It’s only about communication. With this often presented argument naïve customers are caught.
Beyond every "change work" and every personal matter one can find a human being, having feelings, needs and a history behind.
To handle this respectable in the training, the trainer needs specialized knowledge, education, experience, supervision and the ability to reflect himself.

Very often the trick "We anyway are only working with healthy people" is used to prevent professional criticism and concerns - well …

a. a plastic surgeon requires a fully completed professional education in surgery, also for healthy patients.
b. most people who call themselves "specialists in communication" and also NLP-trainers with so called "NLP trainer certificates" are not in the position to diagnose the boundary to a disorder

Explanation of terms

"Main trainers" are NLP trainers, who have

A. at least completed 150 days of NLP-training and a comprehensible training qualification. The best comparable level is the Austrian Confederation for professional NLP or the European Association for Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapy. The German Association for NLP or the Austrian umbrella organisation for NLP requires a very low standard; unfortunately you have to be careful with NLP diplomas from the U.S.


B. professionally seen: at least the status of a

1. counsellor or coach entitled to do trainings and supervisions. They also have to have graduated the psychotherapeutic propaedeutic and the qualification of a mediator.
2. clinical psychologist or psychotherapist (ECP) and mediator.
3. MD with the right to practice and at least a diploma in psychosomatic medicine and the qualification of a mediator.
4. management consultant (certified management consultant), qualifications of a mediator and the psychotherapeutic propaedeutic
5. medical consultant in psychiatry or youth psychiatry and a teaching assignment for NLPt (Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapy)
6. comprehensible equal level with foreign trainers

Each main trainer should at least perform 10 % or maximum 25 % of the whole course (course duration: 80 to 90 days).

  1. How many main trainers exist?
    N x 2 points

  2. How many main trainers are psychotherapists?
    N x 3 points

  3. How many of the main trainers have a successfully completed university education / M.Sc. ?
    N x 2 points

  4. Gender load: Are at least 40 % of the main trainers, men or women?
    10 points

  5. Is there a special free counselling service centre included in the training centre or does a stable arrangement with an counselling service exist, so students can get practical experience in working with clients?
    10 points

  6. Is the training centre legally authorized to do trainings in mediation?
    10 points

  7. Does the training centre have the authorization for "Master of Science – M.Sc." or "MBA"-graduations ?
    30 points

  8. Does the training centre have a special certification from the Austrian Economic Chamber for coaching/counselling?
    - since more than 3 years: 15 points
    - since more than 6 years: 30 points

  9. Does the training centre have the authorization for the psychotherapeutic propaedeutic?
    15 points

  10. Does the training centre have the authorization for the psychotherapeutic specific training?
    30 points

  11. Does the training centre do empiric research?
    30 points

  12. Sect prevention: Is the average group size between 12 and 25 persons?
    30 points

  13. Does the training centre have one of the following quality certifications: ISO 9001:2008, ISO 29990, Ö-Cert oder EDUQua?
    20 points

  14. Is the training centre supported and certified by the provinces, for instance WAFF (promotes working people in Vienna) or OOE-Guetesiegel (Upper Austrian quality seal)?
    5 points each


less than 59 points: not advisable

60 - 120 points: risky

120 - 180 points: ok

180 - 250 points: top quality

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