Becoming a Piercer

Do I want to be a piercer?

How can I learn?

What about piercing schools?

As a professional piercer, these are questions I get asked quite frequently. If you follow this link you can become a piercer…

If only it was that easy.
In all honesty, there are no shortcuts to becoming a good piercer and here at the UKAPP, we believe the best way to enter the body piercing industry is through an apprenticeship with an experienced piercer.

A good apprenticeship will be anywhere from 6 months to several years and even then expect to be always learning, adapting, listening and moving forward.
As a rule, the general consensus is the easiest way to get noticed and offered an apprenticeship, is to be a good customer. Getting pierced, buying good quality jewellery, taking your friends to get pierced, showing interest, supporting your local piercer is the easiest way into the industry.

You don’t know it all, and you never will. Being a body piercer, you are constantly learning new things…………   Anonymous BME

How much will you earn whilst apprenticing?

Piercing isn’t a profession to get into to make lots of money! Apprenticeships can quite often be unpaid and you will likely need to do a lot of cleaning and make tea along the way.

Why are they normally unpaid?

Because someone is taking a lot of their time to give you information and techniques for free, with the potential for you to take business from them in the future!

Can I pay for my apprenticeship?

Whilst we would not necessarily encourage this, there is no reason why you shouldn’t pay for the information and learning gained.

Piercing schools

Whilst there is a place for conventional learning techniques within the industry for First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogen Training, Cross Contamination Prevention, schools are not the appropriate environment to become a skilled professional piercer. Mostly due to the length of courses offered. You cannot condense all the necessary information to offer a safe piercing into a 2-4 week classroom experience.

“For me, I very much feel it’s a career that picks you, not the other way round. I had been fascinated by jewellery and ear piercing from a very early age, around 1980/81 I’d have been 5 or 6 when I first noticed 

multiple ear piercings. When body piercing moved into the mainstream in the early 90’s I became further enthralled. I made more than a handful of attempts to gain apprenticeships and it wasn’t until I had pretty much given up on the idea that a piercer/shop owner local to me said do you fancy giving this a go, that was 2009. So if it’s really for you, maybe you just need to wait for the right opportunity! ” – Peter Monckton, UKAPP Member.

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.

You’ve got to be a careful, accurate worker, with a big dose of respect for health and safety if you want to work as a body piercer. You will also need good customer service and communication skills, and excellent hygiene habits.

You’ll need a strong stomach, as piercing can involve all manners of bodily fluids and body parts. You  may also be willing to pierce yourself as part of your training.

Complete the safety courses required to become a body piercer in your area of residence. These courses may include, but are not limited to, first aid, preventative health and safety, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, sterilisation and hygiene. Most of these courses can be found at your local community college. If you are unable to find them there, contact your local health organisation.