Getting a Piercing License: What's Needed to Do Body Piercings

Licensing Laws for Body Piercing Shops and Individual Technicians

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Regulations and policy for the issuance of piercing licenses vary from state to state. There is no one common binding law which regulates the entire piercing industry. However, there are some common and general requirements which should be fulfilled by anyone wanting to become licensed as a piercer. These common requirements relate to body piercing training, regular health and safety and medical guidelines. If you are interested in getting licensed, it is important to find out the laws, precise procedures and requirements applicable in your area or state. For the more general requirements and training instructions, read through the steps in this article.

Step 1

Training and education. There are several ways to learn the art of body piercing. There are numerous online courses which offer tutorials, or any number of piercing and tattooing institutes which provide the necessary training. While classroom training or online tutorials and demonstrations might give you a general idea of how things are done, the best way to get proper, legitimate training and experience is to become an apprentice to a qualified, experienced and professional piercer.

The apprenticeship should be a time-defined and detailed learning period, during which an apprentice will be taken through the various stages of piercing education and the supplementary tests and courses attached to the main curriculum. A good apprenticeship will consist of:

  • Basic training course conducted by the Red Cross, OSHA or other related organization on ‘blood-borne pathogens'
  • Basic First Aid and CPR certified courses
  • A minimum of three month' full-time training in sterilization, cross-contamination, infections, the disinfecting process and health and safety topics
  • Six months to one year full-time supervised training on piercing techniques
  • Hands-on training under supervision on actual piercing sessions
  • Classroom training for a minimum of one week covering piercing techniques, basic anatomy, hygiene, safety with practical training and demonstrations
  • Training on jewelry quality and selection, after-care sessions, customer service and problem resolution

Step 2

Basic licensing requirements. Some of the basic licensing requirements for individual technicians or body piercing shops and premises where body piercing is done are listed below.

For individual technicians:

  • Minimum age of 18 years with high school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Provide residential address for proof of residence while applying for a license and inform the issuing authorities of any change in address within 30 days
  • Provide proof of completion of approved basic courses in First Aid, Blood-borne Pathogens, infection control and completion of training in piercing and post-piercing care techniques

For piercing premises:

  • Similar age and education qualifications for facility owner as for individual technicians
  • Premises must comply with health, sanitation and other facilities' management requirements
  • Provide registration information on autoclaves and other equipment to be used for sterilization, or proof of exemption for maintaining pre-sterilized equipment
  • Detailed photographs of the premises including the piercing area, sterilization area and bio-hazard storage facilities.
  • Open up premises for the yearly inspection at any time as stipulated by the authorities

It's only right that you have some training before giving people body piercings. Getting a piercing license should be a relatively easy process if all of the training and procedural requirements are met. Remember: these requirements may vary from state to state, but the basics will more or less remain the same.


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