Apprentice Body Piercer Curriculum

PREREQUISITES
CPR/First Aid certificate
Blood Borne Pathogen Certificate
Principles of Infection Control Certificates
Hep B shots and/or a serological test (titer test)
Resume
Bio
Personal Statement (Why do you want to pierce? Why did you choose Evolved?)
Online piercing websites: write about 10 favorite piercing websites
Read: “Modern Primitives” and write a response to each article
Read Piercing Bible and write response to each chapter
Take and pass the following tests – FOH, Jewelry, Tattoo, Piercing, Booking
Read APP manual and write general response
Read and initial exposure control plan and procedures
STAGE 1 (SAFETY/HYGIENE)
How and when to wash hands
How and when to use hand sanitizer
Keep fingernails short and clean
How to protect cuts, hangnails, and non-intact skin
What is non-intact skin and how to cover it
Keep hair pulled back
How and when to use hand lotion
What is a biohazard
Designate biohazard areas
What is cross contamination
What are universal precautions and standard precautions
Explain Hepatitis, HIV, MRSA, and other risks (also physical/mental/emotional/energetic)
How to don and remove gloves
One-handed technique
How to open a clean field
Read and initial exposure control plan and needle stick procedure
Integator vs. indicator
Spore tests – when, why, with who, and what to do if the test fails
Spectrum
Observe and make notes regarding how all of the policies and procedures are followed and which ones need improved
STAGE 1 (CLEANING)
Mopping
Dusting
Cleaning bathrooms (small-summit) (big-summit) (campus)
Counter tops
Changing garbage bags
Restocking – cups, water, paper towels, toilet paper, tampons, poo purri, etc.
Learn how to use/clean autoclave/Omni Flush
Learn how to use/maintain the Statim and its cassettes
Learn how to maintain the Hepa Filter, HVAC filter, and Distiller
Learn to watch for cross contamination in the lobby and how to handle it
Learn what a disinfectant is and how/when to use it
Learn to make prep packs
Learn to package jewelry
STAGE 1 (CUSTOMER SERVICE)
Greeting customers – to relax and address fears
Answering telephone and chat box – FAQs
Learn register – receipts, ring in, and void out
Credit card machine
Learn to explain aftercare
Begin learning to address problems in aftercare
Read, know, and be able to explain all customer release forms
Learn to receive/handle a customer’s used jewelry
Learn to give shop tours
STAGE 1 (JEWELRY)
Learn about all the jewelry that we sell
Learn to inspect, clean, measure, package, label, sterilize, and stock new jewelry
Learn to use calipers and gauge wheels
Learn to use/maintain the clean ultrasonic
Learn to use/maintain anodizer
STAGE 1 (CHANGE OUTS/STRETCHING)
Observe varied jewelry change outs/stretching
Ask questions after client leaves
STAGE 1 (WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION/READINGS)
Become a member of APP and LBP or make solid plans for when you can
Start a personal file for the shop
Read, know, and be able to explain all customer release forms
Read and initial all state required literature, safety precautions, laws, APP manual, APP Apprentice manual, policies and procedures
Read labels and record observation of MSDSs for everything in the shop
Record homework assignments
Learn to keep autoclave log
Start a journal to record notes, observations, and questions
Start promoting the shop – web, submissions, fliers, radio, business cards, social media, etc.
STAGE 2 (SAFETY/HYGIENE)
Get familiarized with the sterilization room work area
Learn how to use/clean autoclave/Omni Flush
Learn how to use/maintain the Statim and its cassettes
Write out step by step procedure on how to change a sharps container. Begin changing sharps containers under observation
Know about biohazard pickup/drop-off
Learn to use/maintain the dirty/bio ultrasonic
Learn to clean instruments (while observed)
Know the use of all instruments (to avoid sharp edges, etc.)
Know the use of all chemicals
Aprons, sleeves, masks, goggles
Know how to detail piercing room
Know how to complete piercer’s daily checklist
Spectrum
STAGE 2 (CUSTOMER SERVICE)
Learn breathing techniques
Bedside manners
Position of body to client
Read, understand, and possibly update our fainting procedure
Know how to address most aftercare concerns
Know how to guide clients in stretching process
STAGE 2 (JEWELRY)
Learn to select jewelry for initial piercings
Learn advantages/disadvantages of different jewelry used in stretching process
Describe in detail all jewelry materials and styles that we use and why we don’t use other types of jewelry
Learn to bend pins, open and close all types of rings, etc
Learn specific ways to work with gold jewelry, pins, brass jaws, avoiding tool marks…
STAGE 2 (CHANGE OUTS/STRETCHING)
Read and review – https://docs.google.com/document/d/1h58YoS73PqQpXUyGRbv4tbijbnZSfsjfNR2_9sLnpCI/edit?usp=sharing
Check size of taper and jewelry
Always test balls and inspect jewelry before insertion
Perform observed change outs/stretching on friends
Continue watching change outs and stretches
STAGE 2 (WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION/READINGS)
Rewrite/ update all procedures
In journal, write out step by step procedures how to change/stretch
Side readings and responses to research on history of body piercing and other interests (Perforaciones Corporales, the Points, more websites)
Keep written record of questions regarding change outs/stretching
Keep record in journal of all change outs/stretchings performed
STAGE 3 (SAFETY/HYGIENE)
Make sure that any new colleagues and guest artists are following policies and procedures
STAGE 3 (JEWELRY)
Learn advanced methods to bend, adjust, modify jewelry
Learn about all needle options and the basics of bevel theory
STAGE 3 (CHANGE OUTS/STRETCHING)
Take nice pictures of stretchings (learn to use camera and photo booth)
STAGE 3 (CHANGE OUTS/STRETCHING/PIERCING)
Perform observed change outs and stretches on clients
Watch/observe basic piercings
Clean and mark earlobe piercings for piercer(s)
Purchase and practice piercing silicone ears
STAGE 3 (WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION/READINGS)
Write out procedure to pierce ears
Continue record of change outs/stretching
Keep list of questions and answers about piercings
Make list of all piercings and rate how you perceive their level of difficulty
Research and document anatomy of upcoming piercing (earlobe)
STAGE 4 (SAFETY/HYGIENE)
Make sure that any new colleagues and guest artists are following policies and procedures
STAGE 4 (JEWELRY)
Be able to inventory stock
Learn to put together orders – what quantity of each piece is needed
Learn which jewelry sells more
Make suggestions for new jewelry
Know jewelry catalogs – what we get from where…
STAGE 4 (CHANGE OUTS/STRETCHING/PIERCING)
Unobserved change out/stretch
Perform observed piercing on friends’ ears
Watch/observe more basic piercings
Clean and mark upcoming piercings for piercer(s)
STAGE 4 (WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION/READINGS)
No more records of change outs/stretches!!
Record own piercings and results/observations
Start to visit other shops (to see what’s out there!)
Start picture portfolio
Research anatomy of upcoming piercings
STAGE 5 (SAFETY/HYGIENE)
Make sure that any new colleagues and guest artists are following policies and procedures
STAGE 5 (JEWELRY)
Make and receive orders
STAGE 5 (CHANGE OUTS/STRETCHING/PIERCING)
Perform observed piercings of friends’ simple piercings
Perform observed piercings of clients’ ears
Watch/observe more basic piercings
Clean and mark upcoming piercings for piercer(s)
STAGE 5 (WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION/READINGS)
Continue record of piercings done and comments on outcome/problems
Start promoting studios via web/flyers/radio/magazines…
Write out procedure for upcoming piercings
Research anatomy of upcoming piercings
STAGE 6 (SAFETY/HYGIENE)
Make sure that any new colleagues and guest artists are following policies and procedures
STAGE 6 (CHANGE OUTS/STRETCHING/PIERCING)
Perform unobserved piercing of clients’ ears
Perform observed piercing of clients’ simple piercings
Watch more complex piercings
Clean and mark upcoming piercings for piercer(s)
STAGE 6 (WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION/READINGS)
Re-make list of all piercings with new rankings
Make contact with other professional body piercers
Trade information on piercing techniques, aftercare, ideas, etc.
Research anatomy of upcoming piercings
Write out procedures for upcoming piercings
STAGE 7 (SAFETY/HYGIENE)
Make sure that any new colleagues and guest artists are following policies and procedures
STAGE 7 (CHANGE OUTS/STRETCHING/PIERCING)
Perform unobserved piercing of clients’ simple piercings
Perform observed piercing of friends’ complex piercings
Watch more complex piercings
STAGE 7 (WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION/READINGS)
Redo all piercings list and re-rank
Guest visit other shop(s) to observe and record points of interest
STAGE 8 (CHANGE OUTS/STRETCHING/PIERCING)
Perform observed piercing of clients’ complex piercings
STAGE 8 (WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION/READINGS)
Get interviewed about your experience (local paper, school report, etc.)
STAGE 9 (CUSTOMER SERVICE)
Stay focused, friendly, and humble
STAGE 9 (WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION/READINGS)
Continue record of all piercings
Comments (optional)
Have professional portfolio complete
Read “Somatic Piercing”
Write at least a one page response to “Somatic Piercing”
Continue your education as both you and the industry progress