How to Get a Body Piercing License

FREE IBMS Certification Course/Test Upgrade to IBMS Certification upon completion

*Accredited IBMS Piercing Course on Blood-borne Pathogens and Communicable Diseases must be purchased separately from IBMS Certification*


Renewal and Maintenance of IBMS Certification Only $195 per year

The INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF MEDICINE AND SURGERY (IBMS) certifies the finest healthcare providers in the world, complementing the Joint Commission International and other accrediting organizations, by certifying physicians, surgeons, dentists, and other medical/healthcare professionals in the global healthcare community with review of national licensure and specialty certification, affidavit of compliance with standards of international medical evaluation/treatment, and pledge to abide by a Code of Ethics.

By passing the IBMS online industry specific course on Blood-borne Pathogens and Communicable Diseases, you will receive the certificate required for state licensure or registration and/or annual renewal of licensure or registration of body artists, including piercing artists, cosmetic piercing artists, permanent makeup artists and piercers.

Then kick your credentials up a notch by becoming an IBMS certified member of the International Board of Medicine and Surgery.


IBMS Certification

  1. Internationally recognized standard of excellence adds prestige to your practice.
  2. Affiliated with the Institute of Body Art Accreditation.
  3. License to use IBMS certification mark on your advertising and marketing materials.
  4. Real-time validation that you are a member in good standing.
  5. Inclusion in IBMS membership databases
  6. Inclusion in affiliated independent websites with links to your website.
  7. Drives traffic to your website with hard links, helping to increase your Google PageRank.
  8. Prospective customers can search IBMS membership list to find you.
  9. Revenue stream from referrals
  10. IBMS Certificate: Tangible proof that you exceed government standards in customer safety and professional integrity.
  11. IBMS Plaque: Lets your customers know of your professional achievement at point of sale and of your professional achievement while they are making up their minds. (available for purchase at your profile)


  1. Medical supervision with online communication.
  2. Online review of IBMS Registered Member Profile: CV (statement of education and prior experience) with contact information including first and last name, business name and address, business telephone number, business email address and website, home address, home telephone number, cell number; notarized government photo id, any professional certificates/licenses, 1-3 references (client or other body artist), copy of occupational license (if available/required in jurisdiction), biohazard operating permit, contract with biohazard company to dispose of needles, photos including front and entire inside of studio, equipment and supplies, examples of work, and of the artist actually doing a piercing, signed affidavit with regard to sending client to primary care physician for permission to piercing should he/she have a particular medical risk factor.
  3. Procedures for piercer/body artist technique, sanitation, sterilization, selection of candidates, care of minor and major emergencies and/or complications, and infection control will be reviewed and tested (requiring 70% passage) of the accredited IBMS Piercer/Body Artist Course on Blood-Borne Pathogens and Communicable Diseases.
  4. Piercer license/registration (state or national) to be uploaded to the IBMS Registered Member Profile.
  5. IBMS OMP BA (Body Artist) certified member will receive an IBMS certificate and linkage of IBMS OMP BA Certification Seal on to the IBMS OMP BA Certified Member’s Website.
  6. IBMS Certification Seal may be used for marketing as long as IBMS Annual Renewal/Maintenance of Certification Fee for IBMS Certification is up-to-date.

This in-depth course is a comprehensive review of regulatory rules, potential medical complications and medical/legal aspects specific to the body art (permanent makeup/piercer) artist industry.


  • Module 1: Licensure Requirements for a Piercer/Body Artist
  • Module 2: Registration Requirements for a Guest Piercer/Body Artist
  • Module 3: Licensure Requirements for a Piercer/Body Establishment
  • Module 4: Selecting a Candidate/Medical History and Risk Assessment
  • Module 5: Treatment of Minor/Major Medical Complications
  • Module 6: Potential Medical/Legal Complications
  • Module 7: IBMS OMP BODY ART / PIERCING Certification


  1. Avoid selecting inappropriate candidates by age and/or medical risk, such as taking a blood thinner, or having diabetes mellitus (high blood sugar), hemophilia (bleeding disorder), peripheral vascular disease, or active infection (impetigo). True
  2. The following are grounds for discipline and administrative penalties with the exception of:
    • Providing false information on an application for licensure or registration.
    • Violating a state or local health code or ordinance.
    • Aiding, procuring or assisting a person to unlawfully practice piercing or unlawfully operating a piercing establishment or temporary piercing establishment.
    • Keeping the written notarized consent of the parent or legal guardian of a minor child who is pierced at a piercing establishment or temporary establishment.
  3. The registered business name is the person authorized by a piercing establishment to receive legal notices for the establishment. FALSE
  4. A guest piercing artist license is valid for up to fourteen (14) consecutive days. TRUE