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How to Get Licensed: Body Piercing

New Requirements

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New requirements for current licensees and initial applicants take effect January 1, 2012.
  • Licensed Prior to January 1, 2012: Body piercers licensed prior to January 1, 2012 are required to take and pass both a written and practical examination as a condition of their license renewal as "standard" body piercers.  These licensees will receive information on both examinations when they receive their license renewal notice.

  • Applicants After January 1, 2012: Applicants for "standard" body piercing licensure after January 1, 2012, must complete required training (see below)  and take and pass both a written and practical examination.

  • Specialty Level One & Two Piercing: After obtaining a standard license, piercers may obtain specialty licenses.  (Please see section below after standard piercing licensing information.)

  • Earlobe-Only Piercing: New and renewal applicants for an earlobe-only piercing license must complete required training and complete an online education and examination process (see below).
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Standard Body Piercing: Education & Training

​Standard Body Piercing

  • High school diploma or General Education Degree (GED)
  • Current cardiopulmonary resuscitation and basic first aid training from an agency-approved provider
  • Submit proof of current blood borne pathogens training from an agency-approved provider
  • Completion of approved training program for standard body piercing, including 1150 hours of combined theory and practical instruction (250 hours of theory and 900 hours of practical training) and 400 body piercing procedures. Training requires direct supervision of an agency approved supervisor​.  

Blood Borne Pathogens Training

Blood borne pathogen courses must be compliant with U.S. Federal guidelines 29 CFR 1910.1030 and may be obtained through hands-on, online or blended course instruction.  

CPR and First Aid Training

CPR and First Aid certification courses must be obtained through hands-on training, or blended training that includes a hands-on skills assessment examination for certification. Course provider certifications for these courses must include an evaluator/instructor name and authorization number on the certification card.
 

Approved CPR, First Aid, and Blood Borne Pathogens Providers  PDF ​

 

 
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Standard Body Piercing: Examinations

Standard Body Piercing:  Written and Practical Examination Information 

Standard Body Piercing: Written Examination

The standard body piercing written examination is conducted on a walk-in basis at the Oregon Health Licensing Agency (OHLA) in Salem. 

Standard Body Piercing: Practical Examination

Current standard body piercing licensees and initial body piercing applicants will be notified upon license renewal/application of scheduled practical examinations. 

 

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Specialty Level One and Two Piercing

After obtaining a standard body piercing license, licensees may obtain a specialty level one and specialty level two license after completing additional training. 
 
Body piercers who obtained an Oregon body piercing license prior to January 1, 2012, who have then obtained a standard body piercing license may, in lieu of education/training, submit copies of client records demonstrating proof of having successfully performed a minimum number of procedures for each specialty piercing license.
 
Procedures required for specialty level one piercing are specified in Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 331-905-0005(5).
Procedures required for specialty level two piercing are specified in OAR 331-905-0010(5).
 
Go to the Laws & Rules page to access OARs listing procedures.
 
Note: Please bring or send in your standard license (original paper certificate issued by the agency) when applying for specialty piercing. You will be issued a new paper license in exchange.
 
Specialty level one genital piercing include:
  • Male genital piercings including the scrotum, frenum, foreskin, or the perineum behind the scrotum, and the piercing of the penis through the urethra, perineum behind the scrotum (Guiche) and exiting on the underside of the penis (called a “Prince Albert”)
  • Female genital piercing including the labia majora, labia minors, piercings of the clitoral hood, and perineum between the vagina and the anus (fourchette).
Specialty level one piercing education/training must include 36 hours of practical experience and a minimum of 36 practical operations.
 
Specialty level two genital piercing includes:
  • Male genital piercings including a vertical piercing through the glans of the penis (called an “apadravya”), horizontal piercing through the glans of the penis (called an “ampallang”), a piercing through the corona or ridge of the glans of the penis (called a “dydoe”), a piercing of the penis entering through the urethra and exiting on the upper side of the penis (called a “reverse Prince Albert”)
  • Female genital piercings including the clitoris, a piercing in which jewelry is inserted below the hood behind the clitoris (called a “triangle”), and a piercing of the vagina through the urethra and exiting on the upper side of the vagina (called a “Princess Albertina”).
Specialty level two piercing education/training must include 26 hours of practical experience and a minimum of 26 practical operations after obtaining a specialty level one license.
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Earlobe-Only Piercing: Education & Training

  • High school diploma or General Education Degree (GED) 
  • Blood borne pathogens training from an agency-approved provider 
  • Current basic first aid training from an agency-approved provider 
  • Complete online education and examination process (see below) 

Blood Borne Pathogens Training

Blood borne pathogen courses must be compliant with U.S. Federal guidelines 29 CFR 1910.1030 and may be obtained through hands-on, online or blended course instruction. 

Basic First Aid Training

Basic First Aid certification courses must be obtained through hands-on training, or blended training that includes a hands-on skills assessment examination for certification. Course provider certifications for these courses must include an evaluator/instructor name and authorization number on the certification card.
 
Approved CPR, First Aid, and Blood Borne Pathogens Providers  PDF ​

 

 
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Forms, Fees and Identification Requirements

All applicants must submit proof of being 18 years of age or older, complete and submit an application form and pay appropriate fees.

Applicants are required to produce two forms of original identification issued by a federal, state or local government agency of the United States at the time of examination. One of the forms must be photographic.

Fees 

Forms

Identification Requirements 

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Retaking Written Examination

The Oregon Health Licensing Agency (OHLA) established requirements, including waiting periods and additional training, for applicants who fail the written examination and must retake the examination after one or more failed attempts. 

After the third and sixth failed attempts, applicants must obtain additional training from an Oregon educational institution or from an agency-approved supervisor.

Requirements for retaking the written examination, including recertification of training
 
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Out-of-State Applicants

Practitioners from outside of Oregon must submit an affidavit of licensure demonstrating proof of current license, which is active with no current or pending disciplinary action, as a body piercer. The licensing must be substantially equivalent to Oregon licensing requirements. Or if not substantially equivalent the applicant must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the agency that the applicant has been employed or working as a body piercer full time for three of the last five years. 

Applicants through reciprocity must also:
  • Pay examination fees

  • Submit passing score of an agency approved written examination for standard body piercing within two years from the date of application

  • Submit a passing score of an agency approved practical examination for standard body piercing within two years from the date of application
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