Body piercers pierce parts of clients' bodies with a needle and then insert different types of jewellery.
You can get into this job through:
- work towards this role
- specialist courses run by private training organisations
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.
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
Career Path and Progression
With experience, you could set up your own business and employ other piercers or tattooists.
National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE. Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.
Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.
- 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