Body piercers pierce parts of clients' bodies with a needle and then insert different types of jewellery.
There are various ways in which you can get into this job role and the entry requirements can vary depending on what you choose to do:
You can contact registered body piercing studios about being taken on as an assistant. You would then train with them to get the skills and knowledge needed for the job.
You could take short training courses and distance learning courses but it's important to be aware that these will not qualify you. You'll still need hands-on, supervised experience in a registered studio.
Although this job role does not require formal qualifications, we highly recommend that you try to achieve at least a grade 4 (C) in English & Maths. Achieving this minimum grade in these subject will increase opportunities in the future and help with your career development and prospects.
If you don't achieve the minimum grades, you will be supported to continue to study English and Maths throughout your full-time education or an apprenticeship.
Restrictions and requirements
You'll need A tattoo, piercing and electrolysis licence from your local council (For yourself and your premises if applicable) and must be vaccinated against hepatitis B. You must be aware of basic health and safety principles, have had basic first aid instruction and be aware of other relevant precautions related to bloodborne diseases.
You'll need to:
- be over 18 years of age
Body piercing is unregulated, so choose courses carefully. A background in beauty, art or tattooing may be helpful.
Career Path and Progression
With experience, you could set up your own business and employ other piercers or tattooists.
- the ability to work well with your hands
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- excellent verbal communication skills
- active listening skills
- customer service skills
- to enjoy working with other people
- sensitivity and understanding
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device