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Tattoo or Body Piercing Apprenticeship

The Oklahoma apprenticeship program consists of two parts:

The Apprentice Program requires a student to study no less than 1,500 curriculum hours under an approved sponsor.  Students in the Apprentice Program may not practice their art of study on human subjects.

To apply for an Apprentice License, a student must complete the program training hours and submit an application for apprentice licensure.  The student then must sit for the Tattoo/Body Piercing Competency Examination and upon a passing score will be issued a license for one year.  This Apprentice License will allow the student to practice their art under direct supervision of their approved sponsor.

Upon completion of the apprenticeship, the apprentice may apply for full licensure by submitting the Apprentice License to Full-Time License Application to OSDH.

The Apprentice Program

  • Applicants must be at least eighteen (18) years of age to enroll in the apprentice program.
  • Applicants must apprentice under an OSDH approved sponsor.
  • Applicants must submit the following:
  • Completed Apprentice Program Application
  • Notarized copy of photo ID
  • Notarized copy of birth certificate

 

Submit all paperwork and documentation to:

Mailing Address:

 

Oklahoma State Department of Health

Consumer Protection Division

PO Box 268815

OKC, OK 73126-8815

 

Contact Information:

 

Phone: (405) 271-5243

Fax:     (405) 271-3458

Email:  CHSLicensing@health.ok.gov

 

After the above documents have been reviewed and approved by OSDH, you will receive a letter of approval to begin the Curriculum Program of the apprenticeship.  Your apprentice training eligibility will begin on the date the approval letter is issued.  Credit will not be given to hours received prior to this date.

The apprentice must accumulate at least 1,500 hours of curriculum training under the sponsor’s guidance.  The 1,500 hours must be accumulated in no more than two (2) years.

YOU CANNOT TATTOO HUMANS AT THIS POINT.

Apprentice hours are only valid when working for the sponsoring artist holding a current license and at the establishment(s) listed on the apprentice application.

If the approved sponsor or shop changes, it is the responsibility of the apprentice and the sponsor to notify OSDH in writing.  The apprentice will make arrangements to locate another approved sponsor or shop, and must notify OSDH of the change by submitting a new Apprentice Program Application with updated sponsor/shop information.

During the accumulation of the 1,500 hours, Quarterly Progress Reports and Weekly Time Sheets must be submitted to OSDH every three (3) months.  (Please keep copies for your records.)

 

Apprentice License

When at least 1,500 hours of curriculum training have been verified by OSDH, the student will be eligible to take the Tattoo/Body Piercing Competency Examination.  To receive the Test Letter required for this examination, the student must submit the following:

Submit all paperwork and documentation to:

Mailing Address:

 

Oklahoma State Department of Health

Consumer Health Service

PO Box 268815

OKC, OK 73126-8815

 

Contact Information:

 

Phone: (405) 271-5243

Fax:     (405) 271-3458

Email:  CHSLicensing@health.ok.gov

 

 

Tattoo and Body Piercing Competency Examination

The student will then receive a Test Letter, and should select an approved testing location to take the Tattoo/Body Piercing Competency Examination.  The student should contact that facility to schedule an exam.

The student must present the original Test Letter issued by the OSDH and a valid photo ID to the selected Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education approved testing location.

The testing fee will be $200.00, paid directly to Career Tech. (Check with the selected testing location for valid forms of payment.)

The student must receive a minimum score of 70% on the written examination that will include:

 

(1) Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and disease;

(2) Theory and application of ink;

(3) Safety and aseptic technique;

(4) Professionalism; and

(5) Client consultation services.

 

If the minimum score of 70% is not met, the student can retest up to two (2) times.  The student must wait at least seven (7) days before retesting.  If a passing score is unable to be met after three (3) attempts, the student will be required re-enroll in an Apprentice Program.

Once the passing score is received by OSDH, the Tattoo or Body Piercing Apprentice License will be mailed to the student.

 

 

Location and Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Consumer Health Service
PO Box 268815                  
Oklahoma City, OK 73126 

Physical Location:
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Consumer Health Service
1000 N.E. 10th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73117

Contact Information:
Phone: (405) 271-5243
Fax:     (405) 271-5286
Email:  CHSLicensing@health.ok.gov

 

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