Body Piercing certification course in Florida

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

  • This in-depth 2-3 hour course is a comprehensive piercer/body artist specific accredited IBMS Piercer/Body Art Course on Blood-Borne Pathogens and Communicable Diseases.
  • A certificate of completion documenting (70%) passage of the accredited IBMS Course/Test on Blood-Borne Pathogens and Communicable Diseases will be provided to the piercer/body artist.
  • IBMS Piercer/Body Art Course on Blood-Borne Pathogens and Communicable Diseases course content is specific to the piercer/body artist industry, three (3) hours in length, excluding the examination, includes an opportunity for interactive questions and answers with the person conducting the training and information about transmission of Blood-Borne Pathogens and Communicable Diseases such as Staphylococcus aureus including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, tuberculosis, psoriasis, impetigo, and Herpes zoster, and the prevention of such transmission and is followed by a written examination covering the materials in the course.
  • Information included is essential in order to ensure comprehensive piercer/body artist procedures are being performed in a safe, responsible, and legal manner. Examination has a minimum of fifty (50) questions
  • Identity verification and validation of the person taking the course is ensured.


*Check State/Legal Jurisdiction (Florida Piercers can only take a Refresher Training Course)

  • Module I: Definitions
  • Module II: Operational Requirements for a Piercing Establishment
  • Module III: Operational Requirements for a Temporary Piercing Establishment
  • Module IV: Standards of Practice for a Piercing Artist or Guest Piercing Artist
  • Module V: OSHA Compliance
  • Module VI: Essential Information for Running a Safe Facility for Both Staff and Clients, Infection Control/Biomedical Waste Plan Preventing Disease Transmission/Standard Precautions
  • Module VII: General Prevention of Transmission Blood-borne and Communicable Diseases in a Piercing Setting
  • Module VIII: Transmission Blood-borne Diseases; HIV+/AIDS, hepatitis B, hepatitis C
  • Module IX: Transmission Communicable Diseases; hepatitis A, Staphylococcus aureus, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, tuberculosis, impetigo, scabies, ringworm, molluscum contagiosum, herpes simplex, and herpes zoster

Examples of accredited IBMS Piercing Course review questions:

  1. An exposure could occur by a puncture with a needle contaminated with blood or by getting someone's blood on an open sore or in the eyes or mouth. TRUE/FALSE
  2. If any piercer/body art items are sterilized prior to a temporary event, spore test results confirmed by an independent laboratory, shall be available for review by the department at the time of inspection. TRUE/FALSE
  3. In the event a piercing artist must leave the piercing area, the gloves shall be removed and discarded. The artist shall thoroughly wash his/her hands and re-glove before resuming the piercing session. TRUE/FALSE
  4. Impetigo is a common skin infection caused by streptococcus (strep) or staphylococcus (staph) bacteria; methicillin-resistant staph aureus; (MRSA) is becoming a common cause. TRUE/FALSE
  5. If only individually packaged, pre-sterilized, single-use items are used, an autoclave shall not be required. TRUE/FALSE
  6. Unobstructed access means one can easily go in and out of the piercing establishment. TRUE/FALSE