Membership Types

& Eligibility Criteria

Business Member

Works full time as a piercer, and has more than one year of professional experience. Must meet both personal and environmental criteria for membership.

Business Member at Large

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.

Associate Member

Has less than one year of professional experience, or is a non-piercer working in a piercing establishment. If working as a piercer, personal and environmental criteria must be met. If working as a non-piercer, environmental criteria must be met. Associate membership will be valid only in a studio currently employing at least one professional business member.

Associate Corporate Member

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.

Corporate Sponsor

Is 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. Applicants must fill out and submit all forms and documents to the central office for consideration.


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.


Is a subdivision of memberships for piercers or non-piercers working in the piercing industry outside of North America. International personal criteria differs slightly from the standard to accommodate for classes and training, among other local differences. Request more information from

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