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Starting a Licensed Tattoo School: A Look at the Process

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

​I want to start a tattoo school. What is the process?

​The Health Licensing Office must review and approve your school's course of study to ensure that training standards and objectives are met according to Oregon Administrative Rule 331-915-0005.

This course of study must include at least 360 hours of instruction: 210 hours of theory and 150 hours of practical work, with a minimum of 50 completed procedures.

Submit the Course of Study Approval Application, along with your school's course of study, to the Health Licensing Office, 1430 Tandem Ave. NE, Suite 180, Salem, Oregon 97301-2192.

The HLO will review the course and provide written notification of the outcome of the review.

Once it's approved, the Higher Education Coordinating Commision Office of Private Postsecondary Education (HECC-OPPE) will be notified. The HECC-OPPE is required to obtain course of study approval from the HLO prior to issuing a license to a private career school of tattooing.

Once the HECC-OPPE has issued your school a license to operate, the HLO will provide you with information to help prepare your students to meet the requirements to obtain a tattoo license in Oregon.

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