Learn to Pierce

Piercing Minimum requirements for our program are:

  • 18 years of age or older.
  • Completion of online Bloodborne pathogens training.
  • Hepatitis B vaccine or signed Declination form.

First Steps

  • Body art specific OSHA approved Bloodborne Pathogens Training
  • CPR Training Certificate
  • First Aid Training Certificate
  • APP Exposure Control Plans
  • Hepatitis B vaccine, and/or a serological test (titer test), or a signed Hepatitis B Vaccine Declination form is an OSHA requirement.
  • APP Infection Control Plans
  • APP Personal Protective Equipment Standard

Second Step

Body Piercing Basic Course. This is a 4 day introduction to body piercing live class. The course covers:

  • Hygiene
  • Sterilization
  • Cross Contamination Control
  • Piercing Techniques
  • Appropriate Jewelry
  • Aftercare and more

After you have completed this course you are eligible for an apprenticeship.


Extended training in studio, (this can be months of learning and is a non paid position,your tuition is your work). You will spend time learning about body jewelry, sterilization and running an autoclave, there will be required reading, observation and supervised hands on piercing, working with a mentor.

Training Prices

First step, how much does it cost?

Most of the step one training is done online and is required prior to classroom training. You can expect to spend about $200, depending the the first aid and CPR course you choose.

These costs are paid directly to the vendor and are not taught by Simply Body Art.

You will receive the list of approved vendors for the online training upon deposit for the Basic Piercing Training course. Deposit of $500 with the balance due 30 days prior to the beginning of the course.

Piercing training course

Second step, how much does it cost?

Our 4 day basic Piercing training course is $1,200.

Piercing Basic Training is offered on Saturday and Sunday over two weekends. Hours are from 9am to 5pm. Class size is limited.

This course covers the basics, live lecture, with hands on practice, some observation of some of the most basic piercings and on the last day practice on models.

You will receive a certificate of completion provided you pass the exam. The certificate is NOT a piercing license. This is our required course for any prospective Apprentice.

Piercing rings

Third step, Apprenticeship, how much does it cost?

Apprentices work for the opportunity to learn, and are on a regular work schedule. Its not free, we have a written agreement the identifies what you do and what we do in exchange for your time and work. This is not a drop in when you have time opportunity. Schedules are mutually agreed to with your mentor. Expect to spend from 6 months to over a year learning. Apprentices will be evaluated on a regular basis by their mentor.

We apprentice using APP Guidelines (Association of Professional Piercers) 100 hours of observation, with no fewer than 50 piercings in various locations.

Preform a minimum of 50 supervised piercings and demonstrate competency in every aspect of Professional Piercing.

Completion in our Apprentice program does not guarantee you a position in our studio, however, it will give you a great education and the option to work as a guest artist in our piercing room. Provided you complete the program.

Make no mistake, it is a big commitment. You will be expected to be on time, well dressed and preform to a level of excellence that reflects our commitment to professionalism.

piercing bars