License Requirements:


    • In reviewing an application for a practitioner permit, the Board may consider experience, training and/or certification acquired in other states that regulate body art.
    • Bloodborne pathogen training program (or equivalent) which includes infectious disease control; waste disposal; handwashing techniques; sterilization equipment operation and methods; and sanitization, disinfection and sterilization methods and techniques;
    •  Current certification in First Aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
      • Examples of courses approved by the Board include “Preventing Disease Transmission” (American Red Cross) and “Bloodborne Pathogen Training” (U.S. OSHA). 
      • Training/courses provided by professional body art organizations or associations or by equipment manufacturers may also be submitted to the Board for approval. 
  • The applicant for a tattoo, branding or scarification practitioner permit shall provide documentation, acceptable to the Board, that she/he has completed an Anatomy and Physiology course 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). An equivalent combination of training and experience may be deemed acceptable to the Board, in lieu of a course on Anatomy and Physiology.
  •  The applicant for all practitioners shall submit evidence satisfactory to the Board 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.
  • If the applicant does not have at least 2 years actual experience, apprenticeship may be required. (2 year apprenticeship = 2,400 hours)

 *PLEASE NOTE: Check with the Fitchburg Board of Health for Apprenticeship Requirements if you do not possess 2 years actual experience.*

    •  A Hepatitis B Vaccination is highly recommended. An applicant for a Body Art Practitioner License shall provide to the Board, and shall provide to the owner of any Body Art Establishment in which the applicant intends to perform or in which he does perform Body Art activity, valid documentation of his Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) vaccination status stating: 
  • Certification of completed vaccination
  • Documentation stating the vaccine is contraindicated for medical reasons. Contraindication requires a dated and signed licensed health care professional’s statement specifying the name of the Body Art Practitioner License applicant employee and that the vaccine cannot be given, or, 
  •  Certificate of vaccination declination of HBV