Laughter Online University
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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions

Are the training materials available for review after completion of my chosen course?2021-05-17T22:13:49-08:00

When you subscribe to any of our online trainings you get access to all of the included resources as long as your membership remains active.

Are there hidden fees?2018-05-30T12:50:14-08:00

There are no hidden fees. What we advertise is what you pay, and that’s it.

Are all your diplomas internationally recognized?2018-05-30T12:50:14-08:00

Yes, our diplomas are recognized internationally, however please check your own country and state requirements for full details specific to you and your area. All around the world people will know that you trained with a leading expert in the field and this will reflect positively on you.

For reference, know that we are an approved training provider of the IICT:

Are your trainings tax deductible?2018-05-30T12:50:14-08:00

Money spent on continuing education, when taken to maintain and improve professional skills, is tax deductible. There are also other business circumstances that may make such expenses tax deductible. Please contact your accountant for details.

Can I download the videos?2018-05-30T12:50:14-08:00

Yes, you can. What you can’t do though is share them or post them online. Unless explicitly mentioned otherwise, all of the material inside the LOU campus (that’s everywhere on our website after you have had to login) is copyrighted and we take this topic very seriously. In general: We already share a lot of free resources. Please respect our work.

Can I get a copy of the training on a CD or DVD?2021-05-17T22:14:14-08:00

We do not provide a CD version for any of our online trainings at this point in time.

Can I login from any computer with my username and password, or am I limited to a single computer?2018-05-30T12:50:14-08:00

Yes, you can login from any internet-connected computer. However, you can only be logged in to one computer at a time. Our automated system monitors your logins and usage. If it appears that the system is being abused, you will be alerted. You should consider changing your password by editing your profile in the Members area to stop further activity. If continued abuses are logged, you may be in violation of our Terms and Conditions, and your account may be reviewed for possible cancellation.

Can I sign up for one of your online trainings and allow multiple users to access it?2018-05-30T12:50:14-08:00

No, you cannot.

First of all this will annoy everybody if you all use the same computer as our learning system keeps track of one person’s progress per account.

Second this will put you at risk of an automatic account freeze as this is a breach of agreement and our server tracks the number of individual IP addresses accessing each individual account.

Third, and to be clear, each subscription is only valid for one person. We offer significant discounts for multiple users, making it worthwhile getting a subscription for each employee. Please contact us for multi-user pricing.

Can I take the courses on my iPhone or smartphone?2019-03-14T07:40:27-08:00

Yes. Desktop and laptop computers, tablets and smartphones all have access to the same resources. The only technical limitation is the size of your screen.

This being said, you can also take a shower with a raincoat on – it’s technically possible – but that’s not necessarily the most enjoyable way to do that.

It’s whatever works best for you, really.

Can I take more than one training at a time?2019-03-14T07:48:12-08:00

This is not something we typically recommend but it may be relevant in particular cases. Please contact us to discuss.

Can one make a part-time or full-time living as a teacher of laughter?2022-03-10T17:57:35-08:00

The answer is yes, and.

Many people who train as a Laughter Professional with a reputable organization add several $1,000s to their annual income. Many of our own students do so, helping their own clients of all ages to laugh to “live fully until they die” in a variety of social, professional and corporate settings. Note however that for them laughter is an extra revenue stream. It’s not their sole source of income.

To our knowledge however there are less than 100 full-time Laughter Professionals in the world today (we’re not counting clowns, comedians, humorists or entertainers.) The unpleasant truth is that being self-employed is not easy in any field of activity. According to Bloomberg, 8 out of 10 entrepreneurs who start businesses fail within the first 18 months. Relying on yourself for your income is a very different ballgame from receiving a monthly check, rain or shine. Nobody will come come running after you just because you have learned something that’s truly amazing. Are you ready for the challenge?

There is lots of value in having an experienced business coach who can help you grow faster and avoid costly mistakes, and that’s why we offer the Laughter Wellness Consultant certification program.

Overall here is our default advice if you plan to do it on your own:

  • Don’t plan on quitting your full time job just yet. Start somewhere and build from there. Gain some expertise both facilitating laughter interventions AND as public speaker.  You will typically only be able to start calling yourself a Laughter Professional after a minimum of 50 hours of hands-on practice and its associated feedback process to make sure you keep growing, nor merely doing more of the same.
  • Get comfortable selling. One way to learn that skill for free is to volunteer doing fundraising a few hours per week for a local widow’s and children’s fund until you are not afraid of knocking on doors and be rejected anymore.
  • Educate yourself on how to best market and sell a service. Lots of good books have been written on that topic. (See a suggested link below.) Remember that there are no mistakes, only learning curves.

Here are resources you should study:

Do I have to attend the classes or calls live?2021-05-17T22:14:44-08:00

This depends on the course you are enrolled in and what you really want to achieve. As a rule of thumb we require that you attend a minimum of 70% of the live training sessions included if you want to graduate. If you fail to do so then you will only receive a certificate of participation. If a person has an illness or an accepted reason for not completing the program, an option to re-enroll in the following session may be granted in order to complete the graduation requirements.

Do I need any particular software to access the online trainings?2019-03-14T18:51:20-08:00

In general: We live in an increasingly complex world that needs not be intimidating. Make sure all your software are up-to-date and you will never have any problem, anywhere. If you can read this and did not have to wait undue amounts of time for this page to display, you most likely already have all the technology you need to enjoy most of the tools in our online training suite.

In particular: We use www.zoom.us to facilitate our live trainings, so you may have to download their free application. Go to www.zoom.us/test now to see if you have it already or not.

As a rule of thumb, a DSL connection with a downstream bandwidth of at least 1 Mbps or higher is recommended for smoothest playback of online videos. You can test your downstream bandwidth at www.speedtest.net

Do I need special insurances to be a teacher of laughter?2018-05-30T12:50:15-08:00

In general: This will depend on your country, state, and the types of people you help. Please check the specific guidelines and requirements for you and your area.

In particular: If you have checked and you are not covered by anybody else’s general liability policy, then it is a good idea to get your own for peace of mind. You may want to review your existing insurance policies and/or ask your insurance broker for advice. You may not need a new plan.

For insurance purposes Laughter Wellness professionals are akin to fitness or yoga professionals. The cost of public liability insurance in the USA varies between $125 and $300 per year. Popular insurance companies include www.phly.comwww.alternativebalance.net, www.sportsfitness.comIDEA Health & Fitness Association and Yoga Journal.

Read more.

Do you have free trainings?2022-04-04T02:36:36-08:00

Here are the free options that we offer.

  1. Get your free Laughter Wellness starter kit.
  2. Read and practice along the videos on How to Kick-Start Your Laughter And Keep It Going
  3. Subscribe to the LOU Video Blog and study and practice what you will find and learn there.
  4. Join a Laughter Club near you, online or on the phone.
  5. Read our article “How to get what you want.

Success to you!

Do you offer Continuing Education Credits (CNEs, CMEs)?2018-05-30T12:50:24-08:00

We do not offer continuing education credits at this point in time but this is something we are working on so stay tuned. In the meantime we are happy to provide all the needed documentation for you to apply yourself with your state professional board.

Do you offer discounts or scholarships?2022-04-04T02:36:42-08:00

We do offer group discounts (Contact us for more information) but do not offer scholarships at this point in time. If your budget is tight for whatever reason we encourage you to do the following:

  1. Get your free Laughter Wellness starter kit.
  2. Read and practice along the videos on How to Kick-Start Your Laughter And Keep It Going
  3. Subscribe to the LOU Video Blog and study and practice what you will find and learn there.
  4. Join a Laughter Club near you, online or on the phone.
  5. Read our article “How to get what you want.

Success to you!

Is internet access always required?2018-05-30T12:50:25-08:00

This is one of those questions that’s both a yes and a no. You can download a lot of our material and study it offline but not all of it. Overall, having easy access to a good broadband or network connection will guarantee an optimal experience of our online training modules. If you do not have a computer and/or internet access, then consider visiting your local library. Most have those and offer them as a free service to the general public.

Is your site reliable? Is it safe to supply my credit card online?2018-05-30T12:50:25-08:00

The security of your personal information is important to us. When you enter sensitive information (such as credit card numbers) on our website, we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL). When Credit Card details are collected, we simply pass them on to our bank in order to be processed as required. We do NOT store credit card information on our local server. We follow generally accepted industry standards (firewalls and other security measures) to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. Read our privacy policy.

You are welcome to call us at +1 626 755 5999 in case you prefer to pay on the phone. We also accept money orders.

What is your refund policy?2022-04-04T02:37:31-08:00

All our online trainings and subscriptions come with a full money back guarantee. If you’re not satisfied, then we’re not. To get your refund simply contact us and kindly tell us the reason for your refund request, so that we can learn from it. We stand behind our products and are committed to your success because we want to grow with you. Your refund will occur within 30 business days following your cancellation.

Where can I buy public liability insurance to teach Laughter Wellness?2018-05-30T12:50:38-08:00

If you have checked and you are not covered by anybody else’s general liability policy, then it is a good idea to get your own for peace of mind.

Always give ample of consideration to safe practice if you choose to go without! You may also want to review your existing insurance policies and/or ask your insurance broker for advice. You may not need a new plan.

For insurance purposes Laughter Wellness Teachers are akin to fitness or yoga professionals.

Who qualifies for insurance?

Here what our own insurance www.sportsfitness.com says about this:

“We offer a general liability policy that includes coverage for Professional Liability and Sexual Abuse and Molestation, so the coverage is much broader than a simple general liability policy.  This is a specialized policy developed for yoga and fitness professionals. 

Our insurance program is not for specific yoga certifications, but for yoga teachers in general.  We may ask for certifications on our applications, but that is simply a tool for us to track where the business is coming from.  In the event of a claim, I cannot envision a scenario where we would deny a claim based on certification, or lack thereof.  Our policy has NO exclusionary language related to certifications.”

You may want to check the exact requirements of your chosen insurance. Call them. In case there is ever a claim the last thing you want is to find out that your insurance is invalid.

Where can you get insured?

The cost of public liability insurance in the USA varies between $125 and $300 per year.

Here are options you may want to investigate that we know of, from cheaper to more expensive (the more you pay, the more you get).

USA:

Canada
  • Being a member of CanFitPro (a fitness organization) makes you eligible for liability insurance (very affordable), which you can then get through www.sthunt.com

Australia

UK and Ireland
Please let us know if you know more providers, in these or other countries!

Will I need a state license to practice?2018-05-30T12:50:38-08:00

In general: This will depend on your country and state, the types of people you help and who is paying you. Please check the specific guidelines and requirements for you and your area.

In America: There are currently no regulations on Laughter Wellness teachers, or any other types of Laughter Professionals for that matter. You do not need to be certified, registered, or licensed in order to offer laughter programs. This means that unless required by an establishment (e.g., gym or health club) instructors are not required to hold any certification in order to work as an instructor. In fact, some of the most experienced and well-known teachers have never been certified, registered, or licensed. That is because “Laughter Therapy” is a relatively recent concept, especially in regards to teaching it.

Will I receive a hard copy of the diploma or just a soft copy?2019-03-01T12:02:45-08:00

Unless otherwise specified you will receive a soft copy of your diploma by email in PDF format.

Will my membership automatically renew?2018-05-30T12:50:38-08:00

No. You can purchase in confidence knowing that we won’t bill you in the future without your explicit consent.

Will the diploma include the word “online” ?2018-05-30T12:50:38-08:00

Our online diplomas (if the membership you are subscribed to includes one) are typically issued by the Laughter Online University but can be issued in the name of the Laughter Wellness Institute if that’s your preference. Contact us to discuss.

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