Administrative Code

Virginia Administrative Code

Part V. Body-Piercing Apprenticeship Programs

18VAC41-60-150. Applicants for board approval.

A. Any person desiring to enroll in the body-piercing apprenticeship program shall be required to provide documentation of satisfactory completion of a minimum of five hours of health education to include but not limited to blood borne disease, sterilization, and aseptic techniques related to body piercing, and first aid and CPR.

B. Any body piercer desiring approval to perform the duties of an apprenticeship sponsor and offer the board's body-piercing apprenticeship program shall meet the requirements in 18VAC41-60-70.

C. All apprenticeship training shall be conducted in a body-piercing salon that has met the requirements of 18VAC41-60-80.

Statutory Authority

§ 54.1-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 23, Issue 12, eff. April 1, 2007.

18VAC41-60-160. Body-piercing apprenticeship curriculum requirements.

Body-piercing apprenticeship curriculum requirements are set out in this section:

1. Microbiology:

a. Microorganisms, viruses, bacteria, fungi;

b. Transmission cycle of infectious diseases; and

c. Characteristics of antimicrobial agents.

2. Immunization;

a. Types of immunizations;

b. Hepatitis A—G transmission and immunization;


d. Tetanus, streptococcal, zoonotic, tuberculosis, pneumococcal, and influenza;

e. Measles, mumps, and rubella;

f. Vaccines and immunization; and

g. General preventative measures to be taken to protect the body piercer and client.

3. Sanitation and disinfection:

a. Definition of terms:

(1) Sterilization;

(2) Disinfection and disinfectant;

(3) Sterilizer or sterilant;

(4) Antiseptic;

(5) Germicide;

(6) Decontamination; and

(7) Sanitation;

b. The use of steam sterilization equipment and techniques;

c. The use of chemical agents, antiseptics, disinfectants, and fumigants;

d. The use of sanitation equipment;

e. Pre-service sanitation procedure; and

f. Post-service sanitation procedure.

4. Safety:

a. Proper needle handling and disposal;

b. How to avoid overexposure to chemicals;

c. The use of Material Safety Data Sheets;

d. Blood spill procedures;

e. Equipment and instrument storage; and

f. First aid and CPR.

5. Blood borne pathogen standards:

a. OSHA and CDC blood borne pathogen standards;

b. Control Plan for blood borne pathogens;

c. Exposure Control Plan for Body Piercers;

d. Overview of compliance requirements; and

e. Disorders and when not to service a client.

6. Professional standards:

a. History of body piercing;

b. Ethics;

c. Recordkeeping:

(1) Client health history;

(2) Consent forms; and

(3) HIPAA Standards (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 Privacy Rule);

d. Preparing station, making appointments, salon ethics:

(1) Maintaining professional appearance, notifying clients of schedule changes; and

(2) Promoting services of the salon and establishing clientele;

e. Salon management:

(1) Licensing requirements; and

(2) Taxes; and

f. Supplies:

(1) Usages;

(2) Ordering; and

(3) Storage.

7. Body piercing:

a. Client consultation;

b. Client health information;

c. Client disclosure form;

d. Client preparation;

e. Sanitation and safety precautions;

f. Implement selection and use;

g. Proper use of equipment;

h. Material selection and use;

i. Grade of jewelry; and

j. Metals to use.

8. Body-piercing procedures:

a. Ear lobe;

b. Helix—ear;

c. Concha—ear;

d. Tragus—ear;

e. Tongue;

f. Navel;

g. Eyebrow;

h. Lip;

i. Septum;

j. Nostril;

k. Male nipple;

l. Female nipple;

m. Monroe (face cheek);

n. Prince Albert (male genitalia);

o. Frenum (male genitalia);

p. Clitorial hoods (female genitalia); and

q. Labias (female genitalia).

9. Virginia body-piercing laws and regulations.

Statutory Authority

§ 54.1-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 23, Issue 12, eff. April 1, 2007.

18VAC41-60-170. Body-piercing hours of instruction and performances.

A. Curriculum requirements specified in 18VAC41-60-160 shall be taught over a minimum of 1,500 hours as follows:

1. 350 hours shall be devoted to theory pertaining to subdivisions 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6 of 18VAC41-60-160;

2. 150 hours shall be devoted to theory pertaining to subdivision 3 of 18VAC41-60-160; and

3. The remaining 1,000 hours shall be devoted to practical training and the following performances pertaining to subdivision 7 of 18VAC41-60-160:

Body-Piercing Performances

ear lobe

minimum of 5

helix - ear

minimum of 5

concha - ear

minimum of 5

tragus - ear

minimum of 5


minimum of 5


minimum of 5


minimum of 5


minimum of 5


minimum of 5


minimum of 5

additional piercings of choice

minimum of 50



B. An approved body-piercing apprenticeship program may conduct an assessment of an apprentice's competence in the theory and practical requirements for body piercing and, based on the assessment, give a maximum of 500 hours of credit towards the requirements in subdivisions A 1 and A 3 of this section. No credit shall be allowed for the 150 hours required in subdivision A 2 of this section.

Statutory Authority

§ 54.1-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 23, Issue 12, eff. April 1, 2007.

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