Body Art Practitioner Requirements (Minimal Requirements):

  • Board may consider certifications, experience, or training acquired in other states that regulate body art.

At a minimum, training for practitioners should include:

  • Bloodborne Pathogen Training: Must include infectious disease control, waste disposal, hand washing techniques, sterilization equipment operations along with methods and sanitization, and disinfection & sterilization methods and techniques.
  • Current certification in First Aid/CPR.
    • Examples of courses approved by the Health Department
    • – “Preventing Disease Transmission” (American Red Cross) and “Bloodborne Pathogen Training” (U.S. OSHA).
    • Training or courses provided by professional body art organizations or associations, or by equipment manufacturers may also be submitted for approval.
  • Documentation of a completed Anatomy and Physiology course with a grade of C or better at an accredited college by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges, or a comparable accrediting entity. 

*Course must include instruction on the integumentary system*

  • Applicants must submit evidence of at least 2 years experience in the practice of performing body art activities of the same type that they are applying for a permit to perform (Two Year Apprenticeship).
    • May consist of one year experience outside or within the Commonwealth, one year being in the position of an Apprentice.
    • May consist of 2 consecutive years of satisfactory apprenticeship program experience within the town. 
  • The practitioner’s permit will be conditioned upon continued compliance with all applicable provisions of the regulations stated above.