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Our guide to body piercing courses

Body art has existed for centuries in many different forms and it thought to have been around since humans have been painting on cave walls. The body piercing industry is continuing to boom and has seen an unprecedented growth over the last few years – therefore the demand for qualified, and fully trained body piercers is growing too. If you fancy yourself as a body piercing professional then a course specialising in all that it entails will be for you.


How piercing is carried out/the basics

The basic explanation of the process of piercing is that the area is disinfected with an alcohol solution and allowed to dry before it is pierced using sterile piercing equipment. Only earlobe and ear cartilage piercings can be done with a piercing gun, by a professional body piercer and all other types of piercing must be carried out using a hollow needle, which is pushed through the skin and tissue of the body part. You'll normally feel a quick, sharp sting while the skin is being pierced. After a piercing, the area may bleed slightly and it may be tender, itchy and bruised for a few weeks. It is important to keep the area clean and dry, as well as being able to recognise the signs of infection.


Common healing times:

Earlobe – six weeks

Top of the ear – at least three to four months

Belly button – up to a year

Tongue – one to two months

Nose – two to three months


What sort of courses are there?

There are a wide variety of courses that you can take in order to become fully trained as a body piercer. They range from intense full time courses which will usually then be shorter in length to complete, to part time courses that may take slightly longer but can fit around your life e.g. evening classes/half days and so on. Levels of qualification will range from Diploma, to ‘Level 2’ and generally no previous formal entry qualifications will be required in order to enrol in these. However do be aware that some institutions will have a screening procedure regarding your suitability at your induction. Also, students who do not already hold a recognised health and safety qualification will most likely be asked to take the Level 2 Award in Follow Health and Safety Practices alongside the course.


What will you learn?

The key aspects of body piercing training will include procedural knowledge of the health and safety regulations surrounding the industry and the training in safe, hygienic, accurate and creative body piercing. This is generally broken down into two categories; hygiene and sterilization, and placements and measurements.

You will learn professional techniques in mastering the art of piercing, primarily courses will cover; navel, skin surface, nipple, tongue, eyebrow, septum, nostril and lip, if you wish to cover genital piercings please check your course content carefully as not all institutions will train in this specific area of piercing.

Courses will usually involve a combination of practical demonstrations, teaching of techniques and assessments, as well as some theory alongside this.


Expand your business

It is not just individuals that body piercing training courses can benefit. Many courses will also specialise in helping businesses that wish to expand their services from beauty salons, hairdressers and tattoo parlours. This will often make a business more multi-faceted and increase their revenue dramatically. Many courses will help you with the more practical advice needed in order to successfully implement this within your business e.g. insurance, tools and equipment that will be required.


Did you know?

-          Ear piercing is thought to be the first type of body piercing to occur. As many primitive tribes believed demons enter your body through your ear, it is believed that they used an ear piercing as a form of protection against this.

-          Belly button, or navel piercing has never been recorded in primitive history and cannot to tracked back throughout the ages and is therefore considered a completely modern trend.

-          Victorian doctors recommended nipple piercing to women who wished to increase nipple size or to ease breast-feeding their newborn babies.

-          The ‘Prince Albert’ piercing was originally used to hold a man's penis to one side or another during a time when tight pants were very fashionable.

-          Ancient tribes would use tongue piercing as a way of offering blood to the gods. They also used tongue piercing as a way of creating a state of consciousness, which would allow shamans and priests to communicate with the gods on a higher spiritual level.

-          Nose piercings in India are often done on the left side of the nose as it is said to make childbirth easier for women.

-          Genital piercing through the head of the penis was performed on gladiators in ancient Rome. It was used to tie the penis back to prevent injury and also to prevent the gladiator from having sex without his master's permission.


By Telsha Arora


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