C.H.P. Designation Process and Procedures

The designation of "Certified Humor Professional" is a distinguished honor for those individuals completing Levels I, II, and III of the AATH Humor Academy. It is hoped that all graduates will continue their work through ongoing professional growth and service in the area of using therapeutic humor in their daily lives.

Application for C.H.P. is an option open to all Level III students upon graduation, and to all past H.A. Level III graduates.  

It is important to note that not all graduates may decide not to choose this professional certification. They will continue to be recognized and appreciated as our Humor Academy (program) Graduates.

This professional C.H.P. certification is awarded by completing an application and gaining approval by the Academy directors. Continuation of Certification will be verified as part of the membership renewal process.

Initial and Continuing Certified Humor Professional Requirements

Each 3-year graduate of the AATH Humor Academy has two options to consider. They may apply to the AATH Board of Directors to receive designation as a Certified Humor Professional or simply retain their status as a Humor Academy (program) Graduate.

  • Those wishing to obtain the C.H.P. designation will be certified based on the following requirements: 
  • Successful completion of the 3-year Humor Academy Program.
  • Application approval by the AATH Board of Directors 
  • Promise to adhere to the AATH Code of Ethics.
  • Maintain continuous AATH Membership. Certification renewal is updated as part of the AATH membership process. (All membership categories offered by the Association are available to those seeking AATH Humor Certification.)
  • Support the mission of the Association.
  • Demonstrate commitment to continue humor training/education

Certification Renewal

Renewal of the C.H.P. designation occurs as part of the membership renewal process. Verification will be requested at that time and upon approval, will continue in good standing until the member’s next membership renewal date.

  • C.H.P. Board re-certification is based on the following: Active and continuous AATH membership. (A processing fee will be assessed to reinstate CHP status following any lapse in membership.) 
  • Demonstration of the professional’s humor related work, continued humor studies, service to AATH, personal development through attendance at conferences, contributing to the community at large, or other humor growth opportunities. 
  • Continued pledge to adhere to the AATH Code of Ethics and mission of the Association.

Should a Certified Professional not maintain certification requirements, termination of the certification will result.


  • Professional recognition by the Humor Academy for successful program completion and sustained professionalism
  • Use of C.H.P. designation: following name, business cards, all correspondence
  • Permission to display C.H.P. Certificate and wear the official C.H.P. pin
  • Support Humor Academy students by serving as a professional mentor.
  • Provide professional expertise by sharing humor information with those who contact AATH for information about humor.
  • Support communities through outreach activities promoting humor.
  • Participate in pre-conference Humor Academy CHP sessions.
  • Contribute as a professional to humor studies through a review of current research, writing articles for publication or other identified activities that encourage humor growth.



The Code of Ethics applies to all members of AATH and each Certified Humor Professional. 

 AATH Code of Ethics
AATH is Serious about Fun and Integrity 

  1. The AATH member shall accurately represent his/her professional qualifications and experience in all oral, written and electronic communications referring to his/her involvement in applied and therapeutic humor.
  2. The AATH member shall act and speak on a professional level so as not to discredit the discipline of therapeutic humor, nor knowingly offend an audience or others practicing applied humor for therapeutic purposes.
  3. The AATH member shall exert diligence to understand clients' situations, organization, approaches and goals relevant to therapeutic and/or applied humor prior to delivering services.
  4. To the extent possible the AATH member shall accurately represent theoretically sound applied and therapeutic humor knowledge and applications. The AATH member shall protect the public against fraud and inaccurate information and shall attempt to eliminate from the therapeutic humor discipline all myths that discredit the discipline.
  5. The AATH member shall treat others with professional courtesy and dignity. Members shall respect the rights of program or material originators to retain ownership/authorship of said program or material. Prominent use of another's program or material should be discussed with original author(s) to provide clear understanding of boundaries for use.
  6. The AATH member shall respect and maintain trust and confidentiality concerning the business or personal affairs of clients and fellow applied and therapeutic humor professionals.
  7. The AATH member shall not enter into any agreement to unfairly limit or restrain access to the marketplace by any other professional, client, or to the public, based on economic factors, race, creed, color, sex, age, physical condition, sexual orientation, or country of national origin.
  8. Performance criteria and ethical standards required by members' professional licensing and legal certification agencies or organizations shall take precedence over AATH rules and regulations.
  9. Violations of the obligations of the Code of Ethics shall be determined in accordance with the bylaws, rules and regulations established by the association. Any such disciplinary action shall be final and binding upon the AATH member and without recourse to the association, its officers, members or staff.