How long does it take to learn Permanent Make-Up (micro pigmentation)?
November 1, 2014
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A PERMANENT MAKE-UP ARTIST?
A common question with multiple answers depending on where you live, your affinity for
the job, who you train with and ultimately your drive and ability. In Canada for example
there are no regulations with regard to tattoo training, period. You will have to show proof of your apprenticeship (body tattoo) or a certificate or diploma (permanent make-up) from your mentor or training facility if you want to apply for insurance but little else is required if you want to set up sans insurance and someone is willing to let you use space in their shop or
spa. Actually, insurance isnʼt even required by law but most professional outfits will require
you carry the minimum liability if working under their roof. So how long?
Well, there are some training outfits in Canada, specifically Ontario where you can get a certificate after only one day of observing a trainer complete a procedure Shocking!
On average the accepted length of a training class is 5-6 days and around 100 hrs. But seriously, thereʼs no way you can fit 100 hrs. into 6 days even with home study and pretty
much everything the student will learn needs to be absorbed first hand at a mentor’s side.
Up until now, Toronto Tattoo Clinic has based its classes on the 6 day format with an optional mentorship program whereby the student is welcome to perform their first several solo procedures under the supervision of an instructor. How many procedures is up to the student but on average 2-3 of each of the procedures taught is usually adequate to instil enough confidence in the student to get them under way on their own.
Now lets compare this to the basic body tattoo training required to become a professional body tattoo artist. Hmmm, first of all thereʼs the shop apprenticeship which is a pretty hard thing to come by. Youʼll need a portfolio with not less than 50 original drawings, more is
better. It is anywhere between 2-3 yrs in both Canada and the U.S. with a minimum of 300 to
350 hours of actual tattooing on practice skin and eventually human skin. Basically the apprentice becomes the shop slave who must clean up after his mentor if not all the artists in the shop. During these often gruelling hours and provided he has a worthy mentor, the apprentice will learn invaluable lessons, tips, tricks and pearls of wisdom, the kind of lessons that can only be learned by watching and practice and watching and practice and .... .
The body tattoo apprentice can also expect to do up to 100 unpaid tattoos and once he has passed his mentors muster, may then begin charging for his work. In some states in the U.S. both body and cosmetic tattoo artists must sit at a board certification in order to become licensed. A course in blood borne pathogens standards and cross contamination prevention should also be embedded in each tattoo artists brain but is not required to call yourself a permanent make-up artist in Ontario.
Right now you should be starting to see what Iʼm getting at?
Present training available to the would-be permanent make-up artist
in Canada IS NOT SUFFICIENT!
WE WANT TO MAKE YOUR EXPERIENCE BETTER!
Toronto Tattoo Clinic is striving to make the changes necessary to offer superior experiences
to those who want the best possible training in permanent make-up and for this reason our classes are now being offered in segments with adequate time in between for the student to absorb and accumulate the knowledge and skills required to perfect one procedure before going on to the
PAY FOR WHAT YOU LEARN AND PRACTICE WHAT YOUʼVE LEARNED WHILE EARNING!
The reasoning behind segmenting the training course is twofold: mainly it will give the new
technician the chance to become proficient with her machine and confident with the procedure. Concentrating on doing one thing well makes far more sense than trying to
master 3 or 4 things in a short space of time. Secondly there is an inherent financial consideration built in to learning how to do eye brows first. In my humble opinion, brows
are the bread and butter of the permanent make-up procedures, the most sought after and definitely the most fulfilling for both technician and client. Rather than lay out thousands of dollars in the first week and hope that you will be able to recoup your money not to mention hope that you are able to perform the procedures satisfactorily, the student can advance at
her own speed and pay for each segment as it is booked.
Confidence inspires competence and confidence only comes with practice. No two students will learn and progress at the same rate so for this reason classes at Toronto Tattoo Clinic are
limited to 2 students in segments where live models are being worked on and an additional
instructor will come in so that the student:instructor ratio is 1:1