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2014 Association of Professional Piercers

Conference and Exposition

 June 8-13, Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino

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Our 2014 program and Schedule

Our 19th Annual Conference and Exposition will be in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 8th-13th, 2014. Our classrooms will once again fill with attendees from all over the world. Piercers, Studio Owners, Vendors, and Health Inspectors will all come together for a week of education and peer-to-peer sharing. Learn the core requirements as a new piercer just starting to work in the industry — or update your skills and information as an experienced practitioner.  You need not be an APP member to attend the Conference!

We will be at Bally’s again in 2014!  Join us in the heart of the strip for comprehensive dining, unwavering service, and a signature style that attracts high-rollers from around the world.

Spend your time outside of conference in one of their numerous restaurants or shops. Relax and treat yourself to a day at the spa, or in a private cabana next to the Bally’s Blu pool. While still embodying the classic spirit of Las Vegas, Bally’s is centrally positioned on the Strip to keep you close to all the finest in shopping, dining, gaming, and nightlife. Located next to Paris and across from the Bellagio, Bally’s is a Vegas value in a convenient location.

The Exposition is the only one of its kind in this country. There is no where else you will see so much great jewelry, products, and body piercing related services all in one spot. We expect our Vendors to donate generously to our Raffle – in past years, total value of prizes has exceeded $60,000, with more than 150 individual prizes donated. Social events include an Opening Party, a Banquet Dinner, Yoga, and more…

*some restrictions apply to the Exposition and Members Only courses/roundtables

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

Details and More information can be found on the Conference website here!

Please note: All the information on this page is subject to change until such time Registration is open for the 2014 Conference.

WHO CAN ATTEND?

Everyone! New Piercers, Experienced Piercers, International Piercers, Apprentices, Counter People, Studio Owners, Health Inspectors, Legislators, Researchers, Retailers, Wholesalers, Manufacturers (restrictions apply to the Exposition, see below)

REMEMBER YOU NEED NOT BE AN APP MEMBER TO ATTEND!

MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS PRIVILEGES!

(Join the APP!)

If you ARE an APP member, you get some perks each year at Conference. For 2014, the APP will offer Members-Only classes, and $50.00 off your full conference fees. If you are not yet a member, this is the time to join! Hard Copy Applications must be submitted and be complete by March 7, 2014 in order to guarantee processing by Conference. Applications which are submitted digitally if complete by April 7th, 2014 will be processed.  Any applications submitted or completed after these dates will be held until July 1, 2014 for processing by the membership committee.  No if, ands or buts!

WHAT IS THE CONFERENCE?

The Conference is a week long educational event.  It consists of classes, workshops, round table discussions, meetings, the Expo, and has two main scheduled social events: the Opening Party & the Banquet.  There are often additional smaller events or presentations which vary from year to year in addition to these. CLASSES: Are taught on a variety of topics – some classes (core subjects) are taught every year; some classes (electives) vary from year to year.  They may be repeated or may not be in future years. Classes cost money.  Classes are taught by experienced piercers or adjunct professionals.  These classes do not generally have a class size limit. They are typically taught in a traditional lecture format, with one or two instructors.  Occasionally there will be a panel of 3 or more instructors.  While it’s not required for Full Conference Pass holders to sign up in advance for these classes, we encourage everyone to do so.  This assists the APP and it’s instructors in the preparation of materials. WORKSHOPS: Are classes which are taught by groups of instructors, to small groups of attendees.  These classes are taught multiple times during the week but have a limited class size for each session offered.  Each session of the class is the same.  These classes are more likely to include demonstration and hands-on practice than a traditional class. These classes must be signed up for in advance of attending the class.  At this time workshops are only open to Full Conference Pass holders.  The price of the workshops is included in the Full Conference Pass fee. ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS: Are open discussions on a specific topic led by a facilitator.  These are designed to foster peer-to-peer sharing & education.  The facilitator is there to make sure the discussion stays on topic and to assist the group in maintaining a lively productive discussion.  Round Tables are free of charge and open to all attendees. MEETINGS: The APP has traditionally held meetings for specialized groups as a way to foster networking and encourage collaboration and teamwork on shared issues. At this time the Conference has meetings for international attendees, legislation, health inspectors, new attendees/mentors, studio owners, committees, and the International Suspension Alliance.  There’s often impromptu meetings set for like-minded people, so keep an ear out! EXPOSITION: This is where vendors of jewelry and other piercing related services and products have booths displaying their items for sale.  The Expo is open Tuesday-Friday, with Friday being a partial day.  Entrance to the Expo is limited to those who are affiliated with the piercing industry.  The fee to enter varies based on the number of days you want to attend.  If you purchase a Full Conference pass it includes all four days of the Expo. OPENING PARTY: Held on Monday Night, this is the opening social event of the Conference.  In recent years this has been a casual event held poolside, with a light dinner buffet (free) and a cash bar.  The Opening Party is free to all who want to attend. BANQUET DINNER: Held on Thursday Night, this is the closing social event of the Conference.  Typically a themed event, with a buffet dinner and entertainment.  Tickets to attend are required, and often sell out before the event is held.  After the entertainment, the annual awards ceremonies, speeches, and final raffle draw is held.  This portion of the event is open to non-ticket holders.

What kind of classes will Attendees find at the APP Conference?

EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES The APP provides ample course selections for both the new attendee and our returning piercers. In 2014 the APP will start having a tier system for it’s classes. This will assist new piercers to start with our more basic courses and assist more experienced piercers in finding appropriate courses for them.  It should assist everyone in making better class choices resulting in a more fulfilling experience for all. Expected course and roundtable topics for 2014 Once finalized, all information will be posted on the APP 2014 Conference website.  Courses offered in a workshop format will be held with multiple sessions; with FULL CONFERENCE PASS attendees being allowed to sign up for one session per topic only.   Attendees must purchase a full conference pass in order to attend the classes offered in workshop format; and are limited based on their “tier.” Most all of the titles have been established.  The APP reserves the right to change this list up until such time that registration opens. CLASSES: Are taught on a variety of topics – some classes (core subjects) are taught every year; some classes (electives) vary from year to year.  They may be repeated or may not be in future years. Classes cost money.  Classes are taught by experienced piercers or adjunct professionals.  These classes do not generally have a class size limit. They are typically taught in a traditional lecture format, with one or two instructors.  Occasionally there will be a panel of 3 or more instructors.  While it’s not required for Full Conference Pass holders to sign up in advance for these classes, we encourage everyone to do so.  This assists the APP and it’s instructors in the preparation of materials. CORE CLASSES Aftercare: Client Home Care Aftercare: Troubleshooting Piercing Problems Aftercare: Wound Healing Dynamics Basic Steel & Titanium Bedside Manner and Grounding: Making the most of the moment Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) Bedside Manner and Grounding: Making the most of the moment CPR First Aid Initial Jewelry: The “Rules” (and when to break them) Medical Considerations for Body Piercing Male Genital Piercings: A Dual Perspective Orientation/Mentor Program Oro-Facial Anatomy for Safe & Successful Piercings Stretching: Lobes and Beyond Studio Documentation: Putting the Paper to Work Suspension Rigging: Mechanical Advantage ELECTIVE CLASSES A “Fireside” Chat with Jim Ward Ascetic Practices of Hindu Tamil- Festival of Sri Lanka Anodizing is Awesome! Ergonomics in the Piercing Room: What’s easiest for you is easiest for your client Gold Jewelry: Sales & Marketing Healing or Harm? Our responsibility as Body Piercers (with Fakir) How to Use a Statim Marketing: Stand out and be remembered Needles: the Cutting Edge Nostril Piercing: Advanced Fundamentals Spanish 101 for the Piercing Room Storing / Caring for Jewelry Hardwood is good to find: wood safety and maintenance Writing a Business Plan   WORKSHOPS: Are classes which are taught by groups of instructors, to small groups of attendees.  These classes are taught multiple times during the week but have a limited class size for each session offered.  Each session of the class is the same.  These classes are more likely to include demonstration, and hands-on practice than a traditional class. These classes must be signed up for in advance of attending the class.  At this time workshops are only open to Full Conference Pass holders.  The price of the workshops is included in the Full Conference Pass fee. Modern Surface Piercing Technique Workshop (Sessions A-E) Strategic Marking (Sessions A-E) Versatility in Piercing Techniques: From Free-hand/Tool-less to Multi Tool Techniques (Sessions A-E) Working Clean in Your Studio (Sessions A – F) These two classes are for APP Piercing Members Only: Staying Ahead of the Curve: Tracking and Utilizing Trends in the Industry Open Technique Workshop ROUNDTABLES: Are open discussions on a specific topic led by a facilitator.  These are designed to foster peer-to-peer sharing & education.  The facilitator is there to make sure the discussion stays on topic and to assist the group in maintaining a lively productive discussion.  Round Tables are free of charge and open to all attendees. Community Outreach: Sharing the Safe Piercing Message Disorders in the Industry Standing Out and Fitting in: Life with Visible Body Modification Piercing Minors Statim Maintenance and Troubleshooting MEETINGS APP Committees Friends of Bill W Health Inspector Meeting International Meeting International Suspension Alliance Just for Today (Al Anon) Legislation Members meeting New Attendees & Mentors Meeting Shop Owners

There are so many classes offered, how can I take them all?

You can’t in a single year. The APP encourages studios to send multiple representatives to maximize the number of classes and amount of education a single studio can obtain. Remember, we have many piercers who attend this Conference every year and we try to offer enough variety for everyone to have a unique experience each time they attend Conference.

I am a Health Inspector/Regulator, can I attend the Conference? How much does it cost me?

Yes, and for the 9th year in a row the APP invites Health Inspectors / Regulators to attend the Conference free of charge. The only requirement for this offer is that the person(s) attending reserves and stays in a room in the host hotel within the APP room block. Book early to get your room. Our room block does fill! If you need documentation confirming this offer, contact info@safepiercing.org or 888-888-1277

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

 

SPECIAL NEEDS

Hablo español. ¿Me puede ayudar usted?

Por favor contacta international@safepiercing.org si usted necesita hablar con alguien en español.

Je parle français. Pouvez-vous m’aider?

Vous pouvez contacter international@safepiercing.org si vous souhaitez parler avec quelqu’un en francais.
Translation of the above: Please contact international@safepiercing.org if you need to speak with someone in Spanish or French.

I have a disability. Can you help me?

The APP wants Conference to be a great experience for all its Attendees. If you have a need for special services or concerns about access etc. please do not hesitate to contact us. 1-888-888-1277 or 785-841-6060 or info@safepiercing.org

I have no money. Can you help me? 

Applications accepted Jan 1, 2014-March 1, 2014  The APP has a limited number of scholarships available. Before he passed away in February of 2001, Al D. Sowers devoted much of his piercing career to the education of piercers.  It is only fitting that this scholarship be named for him. This is funding for approximately 8 piercers in need of financial assistance to attend the APP conference.  Accommodations and conference registration are included in the Scholarship.  Winners are required to share a room with other recipients and work more than 30 hours during the Conference.  In addition, they must provide their own transportation to and from the conference.

1. Must be 21 or older by the time Conference happens. 2. Must be working as a piercer in a studio; have at least 6 months piercing experience by the time Conference starts. Apprentices who will not have ample piercing experience by Conference are not eligible this year.  If an applicant loses his/her position during the application process they must regain employment within a reasonable amount of time or they will be disqualified.  (if already accepted, the APP can consider rolling over their offer to the following year).

3. Recipients must be available in Las Vegas from 11am on the Sunday prior to Conference (time may be adjusted to later requirement) and attend Mandatory Volunteer Training & Meeting on that day.   Recipients must be at Conference until approximately 10pm on the last day of Conference (Friday).  Scholars will be provided training in advance of Conference via email/internet and onsite.  Scholars will potentially be working at any time during the week of Conference.  They will be provided a schedule in advance of Conference of their classes and work responsibilities.  Scholars will be given an opportunity to block out time should they have specific plans while at Conference, but this is limited and must be arranged in advance.

4. Applicants must provide the information requested on the Application for the Scholarship.  All information must be as complete as possible. Applications can be rejected for incomplete and/or untruthful information.  Recipients of this scholarship are expected to work long hours, represent the APP in a professional manner for the duration of the Conference, and make of the most of the opportunity being afforded them.

5. International Applicants: You must provide confirmation that you have a VISA or other necessary traveling documents along with your application. If you will have a problem doing this please contact the APP office to discuss your options.  ALL references supplied MUST have an email address provided.

6. Recipients are required to write about their experiences for possible publication in the post-Conference Point or other APP use.

What Scholars will receive:

 1. Shared Hotel from Saturday before Conference to Saturday after Conference. Scholars will have their own bed in a room with another Scholar or Volunteer.

 2. Conference Pass which allows you to take classes, and enter into the Expo free of charge.

 3. Banquet Dinner Ticket – Scholars are required to work at the Banquet (non-food service).

 4. While every effort will be made to allow Scholarship recipients to attend at least their top 10 classes – scholars will be working in many of the classes they attend.

 If you have questions or concerns about the specifics of the workload, class attendance, and benefits of the scholarship experience; please do not hesitate to contact Caitlin in the APP Office.

Applications for the scholarship will be accepted starting January 1, 2014.   Deadline for submission is March 1, 2014.  Scholarship recipients will be notified by April 7. Application forms are available through a download on the Conference website, or can be obtained by contacting the APP office.

I am easily stressed. Can you help me?

The APP encourages all participants to take care of themselves during Conference. Due to long hours and the excitement of the event, many attendees find themselves overwhelmed. Daily morning Yoga classes are free to all attendees. The Friends of Bill W. and Al-Anon will have meetings during the week. The staff and volunteers at Conference are available should you need assistance in finding emotional support, medical care, or a quiet place to rest – please let us help.

I want to Volunteer – how can I help?

Volunteers made a big difference in the success of our Conference if you are interested in joining our team in 2014 please contact Caitlin at info@safepiercing.org. Hours and schedules can be adjusted to suit your desires.  Volunteers do not receive compensation (unless obtaining the scholarship / have been asked to apply for experienced volunteer positions).

CONFERENCE REGULATIONS AND RESTRICTIONS

Can I get pierced at the Conference or do piercings in my hotel room?

Absolutely not! To maintain space in our host hotel and comply with insurance requirements, absolutely no piercing, scarification, branding or implants; or any other form of body modification from hotel rooms (in any hotel) will be tolerated. Any APP members participating in these types of activities risk losing their membership. Any member or non-member risks expulsion from the hotel and/or Conference. This type of behavior contradicts everything the APP represents and promotes in its educational outreach and mission.

EXPOSITION FLOOR RESTRICTIONS

Admittance to the Expo is restricted to those affiliated with the industry as it is considered to be a trade show floor. These restrictions protect our vendors, who are selling to retailers at wholesale prices. Attendees who purchase an Expo pass will be asked to show proof of industry affiliation (business license, business card with name, other documentation). The APP can refuse entry to the Exposition Floor without proof of industry affiliation.

FULL CONFERENCE DISCOUNT POLICY – UPDATED!

The full conference pass will increase by $100.00 this year for on-site registration.

INDIVIDUAL CLASS FEE POLICY – UPDATED!

Individual class price will increase by $10/class for on-site registration. We strongly encourage our Attendees to register in advance of the Conference using the online system.  This allows the APP a chance to make any last minute adjustments to classroom size, number of volunteers on doors etc.  This keeps on-site registration lines short and makes sure everyone can get the classes they want to attend.

MINOR POLICY

Minors (those under 18) are not allowed to attend our Conference as Attendees due to the adult nature of our course content.  Individuals 18-20 may attend the Conference without a parent/guardian but are not allowed in the gambling areas and must share a room with someone at least 21 years of age and the room must be registered to that person per hotel policy: “Each guestroom must have at least one registered guest twenty-one (21) years of age or older”.

MEMBERS ONLY CLASSES- UPDATED!

Previously only open to APP Business Members and Business Members at Large – the new tier system now allows Associate Piercer Members who are attending with their Mentors to attend these Members Only classes.

OVERALL CLASS POLICY – NEW!

APP Classes are now set as basic/advanced.  For those individuals who are not piercers, or who are apprentice piercers attending the Conference without their mentor, advanced piercing classes will not be available.  The APP is committed to providing challenging and interesting curriculum for all the attendees of the Conference.

WORKSHOP POLICY

Only Attendees that register for a FULL CONFERENCE pass will be allowed to sign up for any classes offered in the workshop format.  Full Conference Pass Attendees can take 1 session of each of the classes offered in the workshop format, HOWEVER, space is limited and we encourage everyone to sign up early as they will fill.   Each session is the same material although different instructors may lead each session.

CLASS CREDIT PROCEDURE & POLICY

Attendees will be given a printed agenda at the time of badge pick up – this agenda will be their “class ticket” into each class.  This agenda will include a bar code on it which will be scanned at the door to confirm attendance in the class.  Badges will still be required and will need to match the agenda.  No other class tickets will be required.  Nor will any class credit cards be required in the classroom.  If any changes are made to the Attendee’s schedule they will need to obtain an updated printed agenda.

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