How to Be a Piercing Apprentice

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How to Be a Piercing Apprentice
Train as a piercing apprentice for a great career. (green eye & pierce image by asiana from Fotolia.com)

Some people just aren't interested in the typical 9 to 5 gig and if you want to break the mould, you can try to get a job as a piercer. As a piercing apprentice, you learn all about how to pierce the many body parts--ears, noses, eyebrows, tongues and other things--in a safe way. At popular piercing shops, there can be a lot of competition for piercing apprenticeships, so do your best to outshine all the other applicants. Once you're in, though, you can study to have a great career.

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Instructions

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    Talk to your local piercing shops about an apprenticeship. Piercing shops don't always advertise that they are willing to take on an apprentice, so you may just have to ask. Find out what the application procedure is and what, if any, requirements they may have. If you want to stand out, you should have extra knowledge, such knowing about CPR or blood-borne pathogens. You will probably have to take courses in this during the apprenticeship, but they will be impressed if you've already taken the initiative.

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    Learn the requirements for becoming a piercer. While there are no national requirements for piercers, some cities have specific regulations, such as a number of hours studied, piercings done and courses taken.

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    Watch the piercer work. You should be present for a variety of piercings. Every body is different, so every piercing is different. You need to learn how to do piercings on different types of bodies. In particular, pay attention to the safety aspects, such as washing hands, preparing the skin and using sterile materials.

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    Try your hand at piercing. After studying your piercer, you'll be able to try to do it yourself. You may start with simply piercing leather or setting up a piercing without actually doing it. Then, you'll progress to real piercing.

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    Take additional courses that relate to piercing. You can also take courses from the American Heart Association, such as CPR training. It's also helpful to know about human anatomy, which you may be able to learn at your local community college.

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