Apprentice Body Piercer Curriculum


The information in each stage is not necessarily in chronological order. It will be presented little by little in context to the daily routines.  This curriculum is not designed for independent study. It is imperative that the following curriculum is studied under the guidance of a trained, experienced professional piercer.

*Each stage must be thoroughly completed before progressing to the next level.

**Previous stages must be continued efficiently throughout progression!

***The duration of stages will vary according to each apprentice’s individual proficiency and motivation.



-CPR, First Aid, and Bloodborne Pathogen and Principles of Infection Control Certificates
-Hep B shots and/or a serological test (titer test)
-Personal Statement (Why do you want to pierce? Why did you choose Evolved?)
Read Modern Primitives and The Piercing Bible, and write a response to each article.
-Online piercing websites: write about 10 favorite piercing websites
-Take and pass the following tests – FOH, Jewelry, Tattoo, Piercing, Booking
-Read and initial exposure control plan and procedures

Stage 1

-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
-Keep hair pulled back
-How and when to use hand lotion
-What is biohazard
-Designate biohazard areas
-What is cross contamination
-What are universal precautions and standard precautions
-Explain hepatitis, HIV, and other risks
-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
-What is non-intact skin and how to cover it
-Integrator vs indicator
-Spore tests – when, why, with who, and what to do if the test fails
-Observe and make notes regarding how all of the policies and procedures are followed and which ones need improved

-Cleaning bathrooms
-Counter tops
-Changing garbage bags
-Restocking – cups, water, paper towels, toilet paper, tampons, poo pourri, etc.
-Learn how to maintain the Hepa Filter, HVAC filter, and Distiller
-Learn to watch for cross contamination in 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

Customer Service:
-Greeting customers – to relax and address fears
-Answering telephones and chat box – FAQs
-Learn POS – receipts, ring in, void out
-Credit card machine
-Learn to explain aftercare
-Begin learning to address problems in aftercare
-Learn to receive/handle a customer’s used jewelry
-Learn to give shop tours

-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

Change Outs/Stretching:
-Observe varied jewelry change outs/stretching
-Ask questions after client leaves

Written Documentation/Readings:
-Start a personal file for the shop
-Read and initial all state required literature, safety precautions, laws, APP manual, policies and procedures
-Read labels and record observations of MSDSs for everything in the shop
-Start journal to record notes, observations, and questions
-Record homework assignments
-Learn to keep autoclave log
-Read, know and be able to explain all customer release forms

Stage 2

-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
-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

Customer Service:
-Learn breathing techniques
-Bedside manners
-Position of body to client
-What to do if a client is feeling faint or nauseous
-Know how to address most aftercare concerns
-Know how to guide clients in stretching process

-Learn to select jewelry for initial piercings
-Learn advantages/disadvantages of different jewelry used in stretching process

Change Outs/Stretching:
-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

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

-Learn to bend, adjust, modify jewelry

Change Outs/Stretching :
-Take nice pictures of stretchings (learn to use camera and photo booth)

Change Out/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

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

-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…

Change Out/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)

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

-Make and receive orders

Change Out/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)

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

Change Outs/Stretching/Piercings:
-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)

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

Change Out/Stretching/Piercing:
-Perform unobserved piercing of clients’ simple piercings
-Perform observed piercing of friends’ complex piercings
-Watch more complex piercings

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 Out/Stretching/Piercings:
-Perform observed piercing of clients’ complex piercings

Written Documentation/Readings:
-Get interviewed about your experience (local paper, school report, etc.)

Stage 9

Customer Service:
-Stay focused, friendly, and humble

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