Microblading is currently one of the most lucrative branches of the beauty industry. The demand for microblading treatments is on the increase, so the need for professional microblading artists is growing all over the world.
In order to become a microblading technician and legally practice your craft, you need to get a license, while microblading certification is not mandatory everywhere, but it is still advisable to get it.
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How to Get Certified in Microblading?
The first step toward your microblading career is completing a certification course.
This means that you need to find a reputable and informative course accredited by SPCP (The Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals) or AAM (The American Academy of Micropigmentation). These are the two certification bodies responsible for most microblading certifications in English-speaking countries, and SPCP and AAM certified microblading courses follow the organization’s official regulations and are run by a society-certified instructor.
Your course is supposed to cover all the theory and it is desirable to have a practical part where you get to practice on live models. Choose the course wisely by asking for recommendations and checking online reviews.
Live vs Online Courses
Microblading is a skill that you can learn by attending a live or an online training course. Both of these have their pros and cons, and you choose the one that suits you best based on your preferences, how you prefer to study, and of course, your budget.
Read more about the advantages and disadvantages of live and online microblading training courses in our article Live or Online Microblading Training – Which is Better?
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What Should be Covered in the Microblading Course?
Your course should cover:
- Skin anatomy and dermatology
- Facial structure and eyebrow design
- Mapping, shape, and symmetry
- Color theory and color mixing
- Creating microblading strokes
- All about the tools and the equipment
- Safety, sterilization, and sanitation
- Business tips
- Communicating with clients
If you choose a live course, it is very beneficial to get the chance to practice on a live model.
The practical part is done under the supervision of the instructor. They usually do the shape and draw the strokes, which are then filled in by a student. This way you learn how to hold the microblading blade properly and most importantly, how much pressure to apply. The sense of the right pressure is something you can’t get from an online course.
How Long Does a Microblading Training Course Last?
It depends whether you opt for an online or a live training course, but on average, reputable academies should include 100 hours of training.
Different academies have different training schedules. Live courses usually consist of in-person workshops, which last 2-6 days, after which you get the certificate.
Some of them, usually those whose live workshops last for just 1 or 2 days, offer continuous online education. The student is obliged to practice and send in their works to be reviewed. When the student is ready to take the exam, their final work is graded and they are granted a certificate of completion.
The duration of an online microblading training course usually depends on you. Most academies have a time frame within which you are obliged to complete the training, so you organize your time and determine the pace yourself.
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How Much Does the Microblading Certification Course Cost?
Microblading training courses cost depends on various factors, mainly the duration of the training and whether the practice kit is included or not. So the price of the live microblading training goes from $1500 to $5000, and even more.
The price of an online course also depends on what the course covers. There are very informative fundamental courses that are great for beginners who are just starting their career, as well as those who want additional knowledge. The price of an online course can be as low as $200 and go above $2000. Pricey online courses usually include the practice kit and support from the instructor.
Investing in just one microblading training course is usually not enough. When you complete the course, you may need additional courses to brush up on your skills. Mapping is something that most microblading newbies struggle with and most of them need additional mapping courses. Color theory is another aspect that needs to be studied in further detail. Also, getting additional courses means learning more useful things about microblading.
Bloodborne pathogens certification for microblading is mandatory for everyone who wants to practice microblading legally. It is usually required before you start your microblading training course or before you take your certification exam.
Bloodborne pathogens certificate needs to be renewed annually. It can be done online, and it is best to contact your local health department for information on which website to visit to take the test. Most people choose the Red Cross for their bloodborne pathogens exam.
Learn more about bloodborne pathogens certification in this article: Bloodborne Pathogen Training and Certification: What’s Good to Know
Apprenticeship is not mandatory in every state, but it is very useful to look for, especially if you need to learn more and practice your skill. If you can, find a reputable, experienced microblading artist in your area and ask for an apprenticeship.
In some states, apprenticeship is mandatory for getting a tattoo license.
Some microblading artists offer shadow time, so you can come to their studio and watch them work and pick up useful tips.
Taking a Microblading Certification Exam
After completing your training as well as bloodborne exam and apprenticeship, you can apply for the board exam, to become SPCP or AAM certified.
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Do You Need to Be Certified to Do Microblading?
Most states require a tattoo license to practice microblading legally, which makes microblading certification non-mandatory. However, getting certified in microblading is really important, for many reasons. This is the only way to learn the basics and all that goes with microblading properly. You will be tattooing people’s faces, so you have a moral obligation to keep them safe and happy with the results. Also, clients don’t trust uncertified microblading artists and they will rather avoid them.
What Is the Next Step After Microblading Certification?
After getting your microblading certification, you need to become a licensed microblading artist. In some states, microblading is completely unregulated, while others have very strict rules.
Find your state on the list and get informed about the licensing and regulations in your area here: Microblading Licensing and Regulations by State.
How To Find a Good Microblading Training Course?
To sum up, if you want to become a microblading artist, you need to complete an SPCP or AAM-approved course, pass the exam and get your microblading certification.
Finding a good course is very important and you should be careful to avoid scams and uncertified trainers. So, look for a course that has good online reviews, a good website, provides all the equipment you need to learn microblading skill, and at least 100 hours of training.
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