License Requirements:

At a minimum, training for practitioners should include:

    • Board may consider experience, training, and certification(s) acquired in other states that regulate body art. 
    • 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.
  • Applicants must complete a course on anatomy and physiology with a grade of C or better at a college accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, or comparable accrediting entity. This course must include instruction on the system of the integumentary system (skin). Such other courses or programs as the Board of Health shall deem appropriate and acceptable may be substituted for the anatomy course.

Must submit evidence satisfactory to the Board of Health of at least two years actual experience in the practice of performing body art activities of the kind for which the applicant seeks a body art practitioner permit to perform, whether such experience was obtained within or outside of the commonwealth or evidence of a completed apprenticeship program as approved by the Department is acceptable as well. Two years experience is defined as 2,400 hours of actual experience.