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The Association of Professional Piercers provides health and safety information wherever it's needed. However, we do not train piercers. Our online courses are intended for people already working in the piercing industry and will not teach you how to pierce.
Our online courses are currently hosted by a learning platform called Litmos and students will be directed away from safepiercing.org. The website to access your account is safepiercing.litmos.com. If you have taken any of our classes before, you will NOT get an invitation email from the system - instead you will need to log into your account and locate the new class there.
When signing up for a course you will create a Litmos account. The name on the account will be the name on the certificate issued. Do not choose a nickname for your certificate.
If you’re trying to sign up multiple people for your studio you need to create individual accounts for each person. If someone in your studio completes a course but wants to change the name on the certificate we will contact your health department and let them know the first certificate with the previous name is not valid.
Please remember the username, email address, and password you use to register with Litmos. Your email address will be your default username unless you change it. If you forget your login information please use the recovery function.
Please be aware that many health agencies contact us for verification of BBP certificates through our program.
You may log in and out of your course at your leisure and continue where you left off when ready. The APP will refund course fees only in the case of error; we will not refund a course fee due to a change in your need or desire to take or complete the course.
Our certificates indicate that you have completed an online course of a particular subject. They in no way license you as a piercer or make you a Member of the Association of Professional Piercers.
Certificates are downloaded from the “Achievements” tab on the Litmos dashboard. These certificates are only available after the course is 100% complete. If you’re not able to see your certificate in the “Achievements” tab you may not have completely finished the course.
Not all functions may be available on phones. We suggest using a computer to take our online courses. If you don’t see the “Achievements” tab or your certificate on your phone, please use a computer.
There are videos in these presentations and the quality of your internet connection may affect video performance. You may need to logout and back in if a video doesn’t display properly or is interrupted, especially on a phone.
The BBP course is broken down into modules. These modules are grouped together by topic and have quizzes at the end. Please read the questions thoroughly, some have multiple answers.
Our courses are available to anyone who wishes to take them. However, they’re based on OSHA standards in the United States and may not be valid in your area if you’re outside the United States.
If you’re in the United States there are different versions of our BBP course. There are titles and descriptions that indicate what region each course is known to be valid in. Please read these titles and descriptions to see which is best for you. Currently, our BBP course is not valid in Virginia, Florida, Alabama, and some California counties.
If you’re outside the United States and wish to take our Bloodborne Pathogens course the “General U.S.” title is the best choice. Courses are in English. If you’re taking our course to meet a requirement of your local health agency please contact them to see if it’s accepted. We do not have any information on other countries and their health agencies that do or do not accept the APP as Bloodborne Pathogens training providers.
(A) Bloodborne Pathogens
Training for Body Piercers (General U.S.)
***Workers in New York City, Puerto Rico, California, or Florida should not take this course. You are about to purchase online training of Bloodborne Pathogens for body piercers for general U.S. residents.
(B) Bloodborne Pathogens
Training for Body Piercers (General California Edition)
***This course is for Pasadena, Long Beach, and these California counties; Lake, Humboldt, Santa Clara, Tehama, Yuba, Mendocino, Butte, San Mateo, Yolo, Monterey, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, Ventura, Sacramento, and San Francisco.
(D) Bloodborne Pathogens
Training for Body Piercers (Los Angeles County Edition)
***This course is for Los Angeles County only. This is the only area in California that has approved of this annual training program. There is a separate course for other areas of California.
(E) Bloodborne Pathogens
Training for Body Piercers (San Diego County Edition)
This course is for the county of San Diego only. This is the only area of California that has currently approved of this edition of our annual training program.
In the United States there are many OSHA regulations that apply to the body piercing industry. This course is the Personal Protective Standards, 29CFR1910.132.
Designed for studio owners and managers, this ECP course will help your studio be compliant with Paragraph C of the Bloodborne Pathogen Standard. The ECP is a requirement for all piercing studios in the U.S. and must be updated at least annually.
OSHA requires you to have an Exposure Control Plan (ECP) for your piercing studio. California has additional requirements. In California you need to create an IPCP(Infection Prevention and Control Plan). This course will help you stay compliant.
(J) Bloodborne Pathogens
Training for Body Piercers (Minnesota)
This course is for the state of Minnesota only. This training is designed to meet approved changes to the Body Art Program Chapter 146B. These statute changes took effect on July 1, 2017.
We've created a thorough and unique program that meets the requirements of 29CFR1910.1030 in a manner that will be understood and appreciated by professional piercers of all skill levels. The collective experience of its designers brings insight that makes it the best option for required industry specific training.
We hope you'll find our Bloodborne Pathogen training program for body piercers to be suitable for your needs. Our staff of experts has developed a program unlike any other and we're confident its the best training of its type.