Trainer Member Guidelines


  1. Business shall comply with all educational statues, zoning regulations, and health ordinances.


  1. Each trainer will have a minimum of five (5) years experience in the application of permanent cosmetic procedures and have completed a minimum of three hundred (300) procedures for each procedure type that is being taught and must be verifiable.
  2. Trainers will complete not less than sixteen (16) hours of continuing education over a two (2) year period. This may include attendance at conventions and other classes pertinent to the permanent cosmetics field.
  3. Each trainer shall have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent.
  4. Each trainer must attend a Train the Trainer program (offered at least once a year.)
  5. Each trainer must maintain Certified Permanent Cosmetic Professional (CPCP) certification.Program Levels of Training:
    The following programs must be submitted as separate programs and the trainer may apply to teach any or all of them:

    1. Fundamental Programs (eyeliner, eyebrows, lip liner, shaded lip liner is optional, 100 hours, 65 hours must be classroom)
      1. If microblading or any other single procedure class is taught at a fundamental level, it still must meet the 100-hour requirement.
    2. Intermediate Programs (full lip procedures, breast work )
    3. Advanced Programs (camouflage/repigmentation, three years’ experience required) 3D Nipple/Areola
    4. Continuing Education Programs have no predetermined guidelines other than the student must have completed a permanent cosmetic fundamental program.


  1. The student must be a minimum of eighteen (18) years of age and have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent for the fundamental program.
  2. The student must document fifty (50) brow and liner procedures and have completed an acceptable fundamental training program to take the above intermediate classes. Advanced education classes require 100 procedures.
  3. All rules regarding private post-secondary education must apply for each locality.


  1. Each location will be maintained in a physically clean manner to prevent cross-contamination.
  2. Fundamental program facilities must be licensed/permitted to conduct permanent cosmetic procedures, if such requirements exists.
  3. Each training facility must have on site an autoclave for student instruction and use, unless a pre-sterilized, disposable system is being taught exclusively.
  4. Pigments used by and provided/sold to students must be in accordance with SPCP Pigment Guidelines.*
  5. The instructor may determine basic theory class size.
  6. Trainers will not oversee multiple procedures simultaneously. The student to trainer ratio for all hands-on training must be one to one.
  7. Assistant (or guest) trainers for classroom presentations and overseeing hands-on procedures must be CPCP certified and have three (3) years of experience in permanent cosmetics.
  8. There will be hot and cold running water on site with separate bathroom facilities.


  1. Only new, sterile needles will be used for each procedure; hand tools must be fully disposable (needle groupings and handles, including microstroking tools.)
  2. Trainers will not teach the use of any tattooing device that can become contaminated and cannot be sterilized in a satisfactory manner; i.e., any part that comes in contact with pigments or body fluids must be sterile prior to use and disposable and/or able to be sterilized after use.
  3. Client history/client information forms will be kept for five (5) years (or longer as required by regulators) on each model. Trainers must ensure proper follow-up for each model.
  4. Each procedure taught at the fundamental or intermediate levels will consist of: A) a complete procedure demonstrated by the instructor and B) two procedures completed by each student.
  5. A complete procedure shall include client assessment, completion of client history and informed consent forms, set-up of the work area, start-to-finish procedure; clean up of the work area, and after-care instructions to the client. No shared models permitted.
  6. A follow-up appointment should be scheduled after each procedure, with the recommended time for touch-up being at least four weeks (many choose six weeks).
  7. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) standards (or comparable) as applicable to permanent cosmetics and OSHA guidelines (or comparable) will be mandatory in the handling of all materials relative to the procedures.
  8. Pigments poured will be disposed of after each client.
  9. New gloves will be worn for each client and changed when needed and for cleanup procedures. Gloves must be worn when touching clients for drawing, etc.
  10. 10. Each Fundamental Course of instruction shall consist of a minimum of one hundred (100) hours of instruction including not less than sixty-five (65) hours of practicum and theory (classroom hours). The classroom portion must be at least seven (7) days unless 8 hours is devoted to Video Conferencing – See requirements.1
  11. Lip liner (or shaded lip liner) is optional at the fundamental level but if included must be in accordance with V.4.
  12. A file must be kept for each student and will include student information, an assessment of each procedure performed, model releases, photos, test copies (if one is given), and the trainer’s final student evaluation.
  13. The trainer will be available for post-graduate support by email and/or telephone for one (1) full year. Each trainer should be prepared to offer additional contracted hours of training as required based upon the needs of the student as a separate class.


  1. Introduction to Permanent Cosmetics
    1. History of tattooing as it applies to permanent cosmetics (optional)
    2. Overview of the different types of machines and devices available
  2. Consultation
    1. Client profile
      1. Analyze character of client and client selection
      2. Client expectations
      3. Discuss overall aspects of permanent cosmetics
    2. Medical history/client information form
      1. Identify potential problems for permanent cosmetics
      2. Determine when physician review is advised
    3. Consent forms
      1. Discuss informed consent
      2. Liability issues
  3. Office set-up
    1. Physical setting
      1. General Equipment
      2. table, chair, work surface, lighting
    2. Building codes
  4. Disinfection and sterilization
    1. Equipment
      1. Discuss acceptable forms of sterilization
      2. Disinfectants and antiseptics
    2. OSHA and CDC guidelines (or comparable) regarding bloodborne pathogens
    3. Technician safety
      1. Hand washing
      2. Hepatitis B vaccination
      3. Gloves – Nitrile only, no powder
    4. Proper handling of devices, needles, and pigments
    5. Sanitary measures during procedure set-up
    6. Sanitary measures during procedure clean-up
  5. Client preparation
    1. Pre-procedure care
      1. Preparing the client’s skin
      2. Ways of marking the skin
    2. Anesthetics and physician relationships
  6. Color and pigment theory
    1. Knowledge and use
    2. Pigments
      1. Preparation, mixing
      2. Storage
  7. Skin anatomy
    1. Composition/layers
    2. Healing process of skin and its care
    3. Diseases, disorders and conditions
      1. Infection
      2. Herpes simplex, shingles
      3. Moles, warts, freckles
      4. Psoriasis, eczema, rosacea
      5. Reactions
  8. Machine/Device theory
    1. Review machine (device) for technical aspects
      1. Operation and maintenance
      2. Use: speed, pressure, angle
      3. Trouble-shooting
    2. Evaluate capabilities of devices
    3. Only one type of device will be taught at the fundamental level once a preferred method is established
  9. Needles
    1. Appropriate needle selection and applications
      1. Groups, numbers, and configurations
    2. How mechanically used in the skin
    3. Maintenance
      1. Check for damage
      2. Storage and disposal
      3. Preparation for sterilization if not pre-sterile when purchased
  10. Photography
    1. Rationale
    2. Equipment and methods
      1. Clarity
      2. Presentation
  11. After care
    1. Client follow-up
    2. Forms and instructions to provide
  12. Procedure experience: two (2) of each complete procedures:  eyebrows, eyeliner (optional at fundamental level – lip liner, shaded lip liner)
    1. Review issues, discuss
      1. Facial morphology
      2. Variations
    2. Work on practice medium
    3. Hands-on live model work – no shared models permitted.
      1. One trainer to one student only.
  13. Business set-up
    1. Basic business and marketing guidelines (optional)
    2. Legal requirements
    3. Insurance/liability




At least two beginning to end complete procedures must be provided for each student. The student must document fifty (50) brow and liner procedures and have completed an acceptable fundamental training program to take continuing/intermediate education classes.


  1. Full Lips or Areola
    Overview of lip or areola colors
    Lip or breast structure, anatomy
    Diseases of the mouth or Surgical procedures of the breast
    Review basic issues, procedures
    Observe procedures
    Hands-on work – no model sharing permitted, at least 2 full procedures required.

    1. Note: The trainer is at liberty to teach each topic in any order or combination as long as each area of study is presented.
    2. Note: Areola tattooing may be taught as a fundamental class of at least 100 hours to those who will only be conducting areola procedures.



Advanced Education classes may be taught to students only if the student has completed a minimum of a one-hundred (100) hour fundamental class. The SPCP recommends a technician complete 100 basic and intermediate procedures before proceeding to advanced work.

  1. Camouflage, scar correction
    1. Skin tones
    2. Overview of skin-tone pigments
    3. Review anatomy of normal skin
    4. Abnormal skin: disease, discolorations, growths
    5. Scars
    6. Review basic issues, procedures
    7. Observe procedures
    8. Hands-on work – no model sharing permitted
    9. Follow-up

Note:  The trainer is free to teach each topic in any order or combination as long as each area of study is presented.


Trainers who wish to exclusively teach classes such as needle workshops, color theory, etc., must meet the guidelines required to teach at the Fundamental level as outlined in II.


Trainers cannot “certify” their students unless allowed to do so as a formal part of a state’s educational system. Trainers who do not have state sanctioned certifying educational programs may only provide certificates of completion of a core curriculum. The following is an example of this requirement:

The certificates should be specific to the education and should make statements such as, “STUDENT NAME has successfully completed one hundred (100) hours of instruction in permanent cosmetics”; or more specifically “completed a XXX-hour program for permanent eyeliner and eyebrows (or as appropriate for the procedure type) procedures”, etc.  In this way, the insurance company will only insure them for what is taught and the student must return for more training if they wish to conduct intermediate or advanced procedures.

The SPCP and CPCP logos must not be displayed on the certificates.


Guidelines for Pigment Manufacturers

These guidelines apply to all members who manufacture, sell, or train with pigments without exception.
Please see this link for current pigment guidelines:  SPCP Guidelines Doc


1Fundamental Class Eight-Hour Video Conference Option

The following explains the option of incorporating up to eight hours of live video conference classes into the SPCP Trainer Member Curriculum. Currently the 100-hour minimum, with a 65-hour, in-person, in-class requirement must be taught over a seven-day period. (The remaining hours may be obtained through home study.) The video conference option would allow for eight hours of conferencing, thus providing the ability to reduce the in-class student time to six days.
Three of potentially many benefits:

  • Cost savings on hotel and other associated travel expenditures to students who may be traveling.
  • This option will appeal to those in tune to the trends of video or web-based classroom programs.
  • This option also provides more easily attainable hours for an SPCP Trainer Member’s 100-hour curriculum, specifically the 65 hour in-person, in-class requirement.

Video Conference Requirements:

  • The instructor is required to present the video conference in a classroom setting to fulfill the requirements of the SPCP Code of Ethics.
  • The video conference presentation must be live and the students shall have the ability to either voice in or type in questions live and answered at a time the instructor chooses during the video conference.

Class Structure
The subject(s) taught shall not be subjects that would require a trainer to supervise the subject with student participation activities in a classroom. Video conference class subjects are ones that are generally taught in a non-technical, non-supervised format and involve presentation of information.

Suggested Video Conference Topics:
Trainer members may elect to offer fundamental curriculum information on subjects that would not require student supervision such as:

  • OSHA and CDC Guidelines regarding Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Client Consultation Guidelines
  • Client Information and Consent Forms
  • Office Set-up
  • Disinfection and sterilization
  • Needle theory – The needles the students will be using in class and an overview of the theory of those needles (size, configuration grouping, liners, shaders, etc.)
  • Client Management

Trainer members who elect this option shall modify their current on-file class curriculum and lesson plan to reflect the video conference time and topics presented and the format used, i.e., GoToMeetings, Google Hangouts, etc.

The modified class curriculum shall be submitted to the SPCP office for their records prior to advertising or implementing the change of the fundamental class format.


Fundamental 8-hr Video Conferencing Option 1-2017
Trainer Guidelines 2017

SPCP Trainer Application Forms

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