An update is coming! Applications will not be accepted between September 15 — October 21, 2020 as we get everything ready!

Preparing to apply? Take a look at the Membership Requirements - use this as a checklist to gather all personal and environmental criteria PRIOR to beginning the application process; partial applications are not accessible by applicants or administrators.

Choose the appropriate membership type below to start your application. Please note: Business and Associate Members will be charged a $50 registration fee during the application process. Once approved, initial dues (listed below for each membership type) will be billed and must be paid in order to activate membership. Annual dues will be billed at the end of each calendar year and must be paid to maintain membership.

Business Member Application

Works full time as a piercer, and has more than one year of professional piercing experience.Monica Sabin - APP Membership Committee
Personal and Environmental criteria are required for this membership type.
        Application Fee: $50 / Initial Dues: $150 / Annual Renewal Dues: $50

Business Member at Large Transfer

An existing professional Business Member who is piercing temporarily or periodically at one or more studios that meet environmental criteria OR a previous professional Business Member who is still contributing to the piercing industry although they are no longer piercing. This type of membership and its limitations will be at the discretion of the Board.
        Annual Renewal Dues: $50

Updated policies and procedures for this category include maintenance of a Work Record. See this quick guide for instructions.

Associate Member Application

This category has two subcategories. Please choose the one that is most appropriate. Associate membership will be valid only in a studio currently employing at least one Business Member.
       Application Fee: $50 Initial Dues: $100 / Annual Renewal Dues: $50

— Piercer

Working as a piercer with less than one year of professional piercing experience (example: apprentice piercers).
Personal and Environmental criteria are required for this membership type.

— Non-Piercer

Non-piercer working in a piercing establishment (example: managers, jewelry buyers, counter staff).
Only Environmental criteria is required for this membership type.

Patron Member Application

Is someone not actively involved in the body piercing industry, but who supports the APP and its goals. This membership may not be used for the promotion of any form of piercing services, jewelry sales or web services. Dues are the only requirement for this membership.
        Initial Dues: $50 / Annual Renewal Dues: $50

Associate Corporate Member Application

This category is reserved for membership organizations that are educational non-profits or not-for-profits that seek to promote the name and mission of the APP, and whose educational outreach is in line with the APP mission.
        Initial Dues: $200 / Annual Renewal Dues: None

Corporate Sponsor Application

This category is used for an entity or individual working in a field involved with or providing support to the field of body piercing. Examples of Corporate Sponsors are jewelry manufacturers, medical suppliers, insurers, educators, etc.
Application submission will require the following items to be considered by the Board of Directors:
  • Business Documentation (like licensure or permitting)
  • Letter of intent
  • Samples and/or chemical analysis of products (to be evaluated by the Membership Liaison on a case-by-case basis)
        Initial Dues: $200 / Annual Renewal Dues: $200


Right to Refusal

The Association of Professional Piercers (APP), its Board of Directors and Officers, reserve the right to accept or refuse any Sponsorship or proposed Sponsorship of the organization and any of its events, or offerings, at its sole discretion. The APP reserves the right to discontinue Sponsorships of the organization and any of its events, or offerings, and return any contributions made for any reason.

Sponsorship & Contribution Approval

The Association of Professional Piercers (APP), its Board of Directors and Officers, make the final decision about accepting a contribution; a declined contribution may affect your Conference Tier level qualification or Sponsor standing with the APP and its events or offerings.

Email the Membership Committee if you have any questions or ask the committee members in our Future Members Facebook group.
Please allow 6–8 weeks for processing. Membership dues will be billed upon acceptance.