Are you looking for hypnosis training? Which type - stage hypnosis training, self hypnosis training or clinical hypnosis training? If you want to learn stage hypnosis, you might be better off learning from a stage magician's course. Despite having the word "hypnosis" in it, stage hypnosis has a very large element of showmanship that is contrary to self hypnosis and clinical hypnosis.

If it's self hypnosis training that you want, there are two good classic books you can download from Project Gutenberg's website, Dr Melvin Powers' Practical Guide To Self Hypnosis and Harry Brooks' Autosuggestion (which describes how to correctly use Dr Emile Coue's "Day by day, in every way, I'm getting better and better" statement in detail). Copyright has expired on these two books, so they are available for free. But why do you want to learn self hypnosis? Is it for relaxation? Then you might also want to consider learning meditation, progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) and autogenics. Is it to solve a specific problem? Then NLP, Sedona Technique and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) are good alternatives. You can find basic instruction on all 6 alternatives to self hypnosis for free on the internet.

But if you are looking for clinical hypnosis training, you will have to spend time and money. Quite a lot of both, in fact. Reputable courses require at least 100 hours of training, and cost upwards of $1000. These courses are taught in registered schools, not fly-by-night operations. They are taught by people who actually care about their reputations.

Searching the internet, I found three schools for clinical hypnosis training which seem reputable. The first is Banyan Hypnosis Center, which is a registered school in California, and offers training that is certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists. Their basic Hypnosis Certification course gives at least 125 hours of training. I actually know a professional hypnotist who has attended not only their basic certification, but also their advanced courses. She is an energetic and thorough professional. Looking at her, you know she is mentally healthy and uses what she learned on herself.

The next is Omni Hypnosis Training Center, which offers its Clinical Hypnotism Certification Training Program with over 144 hours of training. The final school is Hypnotherapy Training Institute, which is licensed by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education. Their hypnotherapy courses have also been approved by the California State Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and certified by the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners.

Now compare the 100+ hours of training offered by these three schools with the 3-day training offered by American School of Hypnosis which offers to teach you how to be a professional hypnotherapist. Or the 1.5 hour training offered by the London School of Clinical Hypnosis (the training they conducted for a famous Singapore hospital was reported by ChannelNewsAsia which covers events in South East Asia).

If you really want to get clinical hypnosis training, it is better to do it in a real school. Before parting with your hard-earned cash, ask to sit in on one of their classes. If you are not comfortable with how their training sessions are conducted, find another hypnotherapy school. That is assuming you are serious about becoming a real hypnotherapist. If all you care about is making a quick buck, then attending a 1.5 hour medical hypnotist course or 1/2/3 day certified hypnotherapist course is probably good enough. You can look for such dodgy operations on your own.

Before you look for hypnosis training courses, make sure you know what you want to do. Do you want to solve some personal problems with self hypnosis? Or do you want to help other people with hypnotherapy? Whichever course you choose, be prepared to spend the time and effort to understand and master what you learn.