How to Become a Body Piercer

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Girl getting her tongue pierced.

Piercing is a form of body modification which has grown immensely in popularity over the years.

It is possible to learn the basics of how to pierce through watching instructional videos, reading guides and observing others. Although if you are considering becoming a certified professional body piercer you will need to invest a year or more of your life into learning all the necessary skills for the job.

In order to be a professional piercer you must meet the strict standards of the APP (Association of Professional Piercers)

Before you make any big decisions, ask yourself this question:

Do you have the aptitude for the job?

First things first, you should spend some time seriously considering if becoming a body piercer is what you really want to do with your life.

Figure out if you are right for the job and if the job is right for you.

You need to have a steady hand and not be squeamish about blood and other bodily fluids. It also helps to be a naturally friendly person with good social skills, you will be working with people.

Once you have come to the conclusion that you genuinely do want to become a piercer, then you move on to doing your studying and getting certified.

Health and Safety training

This includes attending a first aid course. Find one near you from either the Red Cross, St John’s Ambulance and a number of others you will easily locate online.

You will also need to engage in bloodborne pathogens training. Here you will learn infection control, the dangers of bloodborne pathogens and other highly important and relevant information. You can find this training with OSHA.

Spend time as a trainee

It is recommended that you spend at least three months as a trainee. You will be taught about disinfection, proper sterilization and other safety related issues you will encounter in the studio.

Piercing Apprenticeships

When you are ready and have all the necessary certifications, find a reputable studio to do an apprenticeship with. This way you will be taught by someone who is already certified.

Find a reputable studio with piercer who is willing to take you under their wing as their apprentice and allow you to learn from them. This should last from 6 months to a year depending on the nature of the studio.

Be an observer

Before attempting a new piercing, always watch closely as a professional does it first. Be sure that you know exactly what you are doing before performing the procedure yourself.

Country or state licenses

Some countries and states require you to obtain a license in order to pierce professionally. Check what the laws are for where you live. You want to avoid any legal trouble in the future, don’t you? You could end up regretting it if you do not have all the licensing required by your state or country.


So becoming a certified piercer may not be as easy as you thought. There is a lot of training you are required by law to do if you would like to start working in an actual piercing studio.

Don’t let this discourage you though. If you really do have a passion for body modification and piercings you will be in your element working as a piercer. You will get to spend your days doing what you enjoy with people who have mutual interests.

Those of you who decide you don’t really want to go professional; if you already do piercings on your self or your friends, always make sure to take the same precautions as a professional would.

Whether you are a professional piercer or just a hobbyist piercer, have a browse through the products on this site and bookmark us in case you need to find us again.

12 Comments on How to Become a Body Piercer

  1. Wow, even just looking at these pictures, I know that I don’t have the aptitude to become a body piercer. But I am still fascinated with these kind of things, and respect anyone who can do it. I am glad that there are some strict guidelines and licenses when it comes to being a body piercer. Although I’m sure there’s a few people doing this kind of thing illegally….Cool post though. Well done.

    • Unfortunately there are a fair few body piercers who claim to be professional but in reality they lack qualifications and knowledge. This is why anyone who is considering getting a new piercing (especially if it is an unusual one) should do their homework on where to get their piercing done.

  2. Hi Hannah.
    Like in any other job, for piercing you should certainly have some kinds of training before you start doing it by yourself, and as you said at least you have to observe. You should learn sterilization techniques as well, because health is the most important thing. That definetely isn’t job for everybody

    • Hi Erik.

      Piercing studios have got a bit stricter lately on only employing those who have the certifications. TIt’s definitely a good thing.

      Thanks for the comment.

  3. Great article, not the everyday post we normally see. So often we see the people that have pierced one or another part of themselves but we never really think of the process that was taken to get the piercing completed.
    It is very interesting to know that there is a whole route to follow in order to be a piercer and naturally it makes sense that it should happen as you tabulate.
    Again, well done for your post. I am now very enlightened on the matter.

    • Hi Ronneim
      There is a lot more to it than a lot of people would ever realise, as you now know.

      People who really want to go into professional body piercing should know what is expected of them too.

      Thanks for reading.

  4. It’s a great article, very detailed and easy to read. I think the best way to be succesful with articles and posts is to write them simple as you can. And another thing – bulk article content is really hard to get through if you’re searching the quick answer. the best way to avoid the mass content is adding images. All GREAT IDEAS ARE SIMPLE.

    • Hey Roberts.

      Thanks for sharing your opinion with me. I agree with you 100%. I will keep this in mind for my next article.

      Many thanks.

  5. Thank you for this website.
    I have a question for you. When I was younger I had my ears pierced. I use to be able to wear any type of earrings for about two years. After that what ever I put into my ears it is a matter of minutes they go red and really pain full. So for the last couple of years i can not wear anything. I even tried the clip on earrings but still cannot wear them for long.
    What would you suggest I do get them pierced again?
    Thank you

  6. ​No problem Wendy.
    To answer your question, you may have a sensitivity to nickel which is in many different earring materials, including surgical grade stainless steel. Have you ever tried wearing titanium, pure gold or BioFlex/BioPlast?

    If you are going to get your ears pierced again, I would suggest not wearing clip ons at all for a couple of weeks before you get the piercing done. This will allow your skin to heal up as it may be a little damaged. I would suggest you get your ears in a piercing studio where they use a piercing needle rather than a gun. Plus you should cleanse twice a day using saline solution (warm water + rock salt) whilst the piercing heals.

    I really hope this helps so you can wear earrings again without any problems!

  7. Hanna seems to know a lot about body piercing. She had everything in order letting you know what it would take to be a body piercer. Her content was right on point. I didn’t see any mistakes and everything was in order. Overall I believe she did an excellent job putting her website together.

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