You‘ll need an apprenticeship to become a body piercer, as well as a series of injections against diseases that can be harmful. You will also very likely need to register with your local health authority as a professional body piercer. You must be over 18 too.
Keeping this in view, how do you become a piercing apprentice?
Spend at least six months as an apprentice Before you can be a piercer, you’ll need six months to a year of supervised work as an apprentice. Your senior or training piercer will make sure you perform all piercings the right way and teach you the proper techniques for each type of piercing [source: APP].
Hereof, how do I start a piercing business?
Start a body piercing shop by following these 9 steps:
- STEP 1: Plan your business. …
- STEP 2: Form a legal entity. …
- STEP 3: Register for taxes. …
- STEP 4: Open a business bank account & credit card. …
- STEP 5: Set up business accounting. …
- STEP 6: Obtain necessary permits and licenses. …
- STEP 7: Get business insurance.
Do piercing apprentices get paid?
In most cases, during your apprenticeship you will not be making any money and if you do it won’t be a lot. So, you are going to need a part-time job or some other source of income.
Sadly there are no Universities, State Colleges, Community Colleges or Technical Schools where you can learn the skills and techniques of body piercing. Unfortunately, there are no industry sponsored programs to help you learn the art of body piercing either.
Finding a piercing apprenticeship can be just as difficult as finding one with a tattoo artist, but the requirements are a little different. You’re not going to be expected to have the same artistic talent, so you won’t need a portfolio. You do, however, still need to attract the attention of your potential mentor.
It should be noted, though, that it is not necessary, expected or required for you to tip at all. Professionals in this field realize that most people have been saving for quite some time just to get a tattoo or piercing and might not have anything left afterward.
I know of a few ways that piercers earn thier keep, one of those ways involves making commission on each piercing done whilst the store pays for jewellery and supplies. Another way is that a piercer may lease a portion of floor space and use thier own supplies and jewellery.
How long does it take to become a piercer? Anywhere from 6 months to several years. The longest part of the process is doing your body piercing apprenticeship. Each state has their own guidelines, but you’ll usually have to complete around 1500 hours of apprenticeship time before you can apply for your license.
A piercer starts on around £15,000 per annum. An experienced piercer may earn between £18,000 and £30,000 per annum. A piercer owning his/ her own business and employing others can earn in excess of £50,000 per annum.