For most states, California included, you do not need any formal type of license such as an esthetician or cosmetology license in order to perform microblading. Although this is the case, you will need to be registered with your county as a body art practitioner to legally perform these services which is what we will cover in depth.
BODY ART PRACTITIONER
If you wish to pursue a career in microblading/permanent makeup, you must be registered with your local health department as a body art practitioner in order to legally work on clients. If you work on anybody in a county that you are not registered in, it is considered illegal.
How do I get registered?
Each county has specific requirements, but for each, you will need to complete a blood-borne pathogens certificate specific to the county you will be registering in. We recommend all of our students to get their blood-borne certificate from online.elitepmu.com as it is the most user-friendly. Below is the complete list of all the items you will need to get registered as a body art practitioner.
- Blood Borne Pathogens Certificate
- Government ID
- 2×2 Passport Photo
- Hepatitis B Vaccinations (or can just sign off on a declination form which is usually found on the health department website)
- Annual Registration Fee
What does the blood borne pathogens certificate look like?
Once you complete your online blood borne pathogens training, you will receive a certificate that looks like this. Keep in mind that if you are registering as a body art practitioner, your blood borne’s county must match.
What does the body art certificate look like?
Once you apply as a body art practitioner, you will receive a certificate that looks like this.
What If I will be working in multiple counties?
If you will be working in multiple counties, you must be registered as a body art practitioner in each county. Although, if are registered in one of the counties in california, you will be covered under all other california counties for 15 days.