June 8-13, Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
Save the date!
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 FOR VENDORS AND ATTENDEES WILL OPEN IN JANUARY 2014
DETAILS AND UPDATED INFORMATION SOON!
- For a review of the 2013 Conference – please click here.
- For a quick link to Bally’s APP Room Block: will be forthcoming
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!
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 kind of classes will Attendees find at the APP Conference?
The APP provides ample course selections for both the new attendee and our returning piercers.
Expected course and roundtable topics for 2014
This list will be formalized and finalized by the end of November / beginning of December. 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.
- Body Anatomy for Safe & Successful Piercings
- Oro-Facial Anatomy for Safe & Successful Piercings
JEWELRY USAGE & MATERIALS
- Initial Jewelry Size & Style
- Basic Steel & Titanium
- Other Jewelry Materials
- Members Only*
- Genital Techniques
- Surface Piercing
- Other Piercing Technique Courses
STUDIO PRACTICES & PROCEDURES
- Grounding and Bedside Manner
- Medical Risk Assessment
- Aftercare: Covering wound healing dynamics, client care, and troubleshooting
- Statim /Autoclave Usage
- Studio Documentation and Manual
- Sterilization & Piercing Room Aseptic Technique (workshop format)
- Blood Borne Pathogens
- First Aid
- Customer Service
- Business Practices
INDUSTRY & CULTURE
- Industry History
ROUNDTABLE TOPICS TBD
*Members Only TBA (must be an active APP Business/Business Member at Large to attend)
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.
What are Roundtable Discussions?
The APP believes that much of the education at Conference takes place from peer to peer. In keeping with that belief we encourage you to find time to participate in these more casual, information sharing discussions, mediated by expert piercers and/or professionals. There is no charge to attend these discussions. An attendee/vendor badge, however, must be shown in order to attend. Please see the Schedule and Course Listing pages (when available) for details.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-888-1277
ONLINE REGISTRATION WILL OPEN IN JANUARY
Hablo español. ¿Me puede ayudar usted?
Por favor contacta email@example.com si usted necesita hablar con alguien en español.
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Vous pouvez contacter firstname.lastname@example.org si vous souhaitez parler avec quelqu’un en francais.
Translation of the above: Please contact email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
I have no money. Can you help me?
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 eight piercers in need of financial assistance to attend the APP conference. Accommodations and Conference registration are included in the Scholarship. Scholarship recipients are expected 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. 2014 application forms can be obtained by calling or emailing email@example.com at the end of November, 2013. Applications must be submitted January 1-March 1, 2014. Scholarship recipients will be notified no later than April 7, 2014. Please contact Caitlin with any questions!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
REGISTRATION AND CHECK IN
Please bring a valid form of photo identification — Driver’s license, State I.D., passport etc. in order to Register onsite or pick up your Conference Badge. Don’t forget proof of your industry affiliation!
CONFERENCE BADGES, WRISTBANDS, & PRINTED AGENDAS
Conference badges should be worn while in the Conference/Exposition area. Badges must be on your person if entering a class, roundtable or the Exposition. Printed agendas and/or wristbands must also be available. Banquet Tickets must be shown for entry into the Banquet Dinner. The APP reserves the right to refuse to reissue lost items without additional fees.
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.
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”.
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
Each attendee will need to have their bar-code scanned in order to receive credit for courses they are attending. Some classes will require you to show your printed agenda in order to enter.