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.
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.
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