Microblading services need to be done by a trained professional with a license. Like many other cosmetology and makeup careers, it is important that the professional goes through the proper training to get certified in microblading.
To get your microblading certificate, you must find a training course sponsored by the SPCP or the AAM, complete 100 hours of training, and pass a test. When those steps are completed, the student may apply for their license through the state they intend to practice in.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the steps you can take to successfully get your microblading training certificate.
How Do I Get Certified in Microblading?
Each technician will need to attend school and make sure that they have the proper training before they can get certified. Completing school and passing a test are often required as well. We will look at the simple steps to getting certified below.
5 Steps to Getting Your Microblading Training Certificate
Microblading is a great career to get into. You can provide a service to customers, helping to enhance their natural beauty and making sure that they get the exact look at they want. Some of the steps that you need to take to get your microblading training certificate include:
Step 1: Attend a Training Course
The first thing that you should do is sign up for the training courses. This is where you will learn more about microblading and all the steps that come with it.
To get your microblading certification, you must attend a class held by the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP) or the American Academy of Micropigmentation (AAM). Any class that does not have these organizations attached to them are not legitimate.
Some of the things to look for when choosing your training course include:
- Choose a class based on the organization you want to be associated with (either SCPC or AAM)
- Make sure the class is at least 100 hours.
Pay attention to any classes that may be a scam. If they are not associated with one of the organizations above or they promise to get the work done in a week or less, then do not waste your time. Legally you need to get 100 hours of training first.
After doing your research, it is time to enroll in the classes that you would like. You will need to pay the fees before you can start attending the class. Most courses will cost $4000 to $5000 to complete. If you add in endorsements for other skills into the mix, it can cost a little bit more.
This amount can seem expensive, but it helps you prepare for your whole license and can help you get prepared for your career. Some of the things that are included in your fees include:
- 100 hours of classes
- All the homework and practice to prepare
- Live practice so you can get ready for the test
- Teacher demonstrations
- Resources for finding the perfect job.
The goal here is to get prepared to take the test when you are all done. The classes will include book work and practice sessions to help you gain more skills and learn how to do microblading. When you are done, you should be ready to take the test and do well. Additional fees include paying for the license.
You will also need to take another course as part of the standards from OSHA. This is the Blood-borne Pathogens Standard course. Some of the things to know about this course include:
- It costs $25 to do this course
- It is available online and in-person
When you are done, you will get a BPS certificate. You can then use this to prepare for the testing to complete your certificate.
Step 2: Become an Apprentice
After you complete some of your training courses, you will need to become an apprentice. This apprenticeship is a good way to take some of the knowledge you learned in the classroom and put it to use. Under the guidance of a certified technician, you can gain valuable skills and get better at the craft.
A microblading apprenticeship will help you to learn more about the industry and can help you hone your skills in the real world. Here you can practice your skills on customers rather than reading the skills in a book. All students will need to complete 100 hours of full training along with their time in the classroom.
To find the apprenticeship that you need, there are a few places to look including:
- A directory list through the SPCP and AAM membership site
- Ask a local technician
You will not be able to get your license without completing this apprenticeship. Most of the training courses are free, but you may need to work around the technician to fit their schedule. Others can charge per procedure so make sure to check this first.
Step 3: Join a Professional Organization
Students will need to join a professional organization to help them get their business going. The organization. You choose will determine which of the two tests that you take. The information practiced on both will be similar so it does depend on where you plan to grow your business.
The AAM and SPCP are the two professional organizations available for microblading technicians. You must choose one to join before taking your test. Both provide similar levels of respect professionally, though the SPCP is more popular abroad and AAM is more popular in the United States.
Students can choose which of the two professional organizations that they would like to join. This needs to be done before you take your exam. There are fees involved with each one including:
- The SPCP charges students $350 to join.
- The AAM charges $250 to join.
If you plan to work abroad in microblading, it is better to go with the SPCP to help you be prepared. The AAM is a good option for those who plan to start and maintain their careers in America.
Step 4: Pass the Certification Test
Before you are given your license, you will need to pass the test. This test is meant to help prepare you for your career and so you will need to study and be prepared to go through the test.
There are two certification exams; one through the SPCP and one through AAM. The SPCP includes 100 questions about microblading and how to do it properly. The AAM test includes three sections but covers the same syllabus as the SPCP so you can pass both if you study.
The test you decide to take will depend on your local laws and which group you joined. With the SPCP exam, you will need to answer 100 questions. Some of the topics included in the test are:
- Regulation and documentation
- Anatomy technical applications
- Disease and disorder
- Infection control
This test can be in-depth so it is important for students to study and learn as much as possible about working in this field for the best chance to pass.
There is also the AAM test. This one is a little bit different because it is split up into three sections. Students are expected to pass all three sections before they get their license. You can prepare through study guides, help from your chosen training course, and sample tests online. The three sections include:
- Oral exam
- Written exam
- Practical exam
You will also need to show that you have insurance before taking the exam. With the practical exam, you will do the work on someone and to protect yourself and them, you need insurance ahead of time. You will not be able to take the test without this.
Step 5: Acquire Your License
To legally work as a technician, you must get a license from your local health department. The local health department will cover licensing for several things including:
- Permanent makeup
To get a license, you will need to apply with the necessary department. The FDA is strict when it comes to working on these methods with clients. You may need to research the local requirements when it comes to microblading to help ensure you are sticking with them and avoiding major infections.
Microblading is regulated locally. If you have taken some of the classes through a class recently, they should be able to answer your questions concerning these local compliance rules. Always research to make sure.
With the license in hand and all the training done, you need to begin job searching. There are several places you can look to find a good job include:
- The AAM and SPCP have job boards
- Other online job boards
- Your local hair salons and makeup boutiques
Many people who are just getting done with school will start at a local company to help them learn more and build up their clients. Over time, it is possible to start your own boutique to offer personalized services and to run things the way you would like.
What Can I Do with a Microblading Certification?
Once you have passed your certification test, it is possible to start looking for jobs. You may need to wait until the license comes in, but you can start looking for the perfect job for your needs quickly.
With a microblading certificate, you can look for jobs in a permanent makeup or cosmetic boutique. As you gain more experience, it is possible to become a full technician and start your own practice providing microblading and makeup options to their customers.
You should have a lot of experience with microblading after attending classes and the apprenticeship, but there are some benefits starting out with a small boutique first. These include:
- Helps you gain more experience.
- A great way to find more clients and build up those who trust you
- Ability to try different tools without having to purchase all the products.
- Learn while getting paid
As you gain more clients and learn more about microblading, you can get prepared to start your own practice. This can be a good time to work on your cosmetic endorsements as well to expand the offerings you can provide to clients too.
Microblading is a great career choice for you to go with. It takes some skills and techniques that your customers are sure to love. You do need to take the right training course and pass a test before you can get your license.
Once you have received your license, you will be able to provide microblading services to all of your clients. Starting out in a small boutique or hair salon is a great way to build up clients and soon you can consider opening your own business.