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The Housing/Health Inspections Division inspect all body art establishments twice yearly to ensure compliance with local Board of Health regulations governing the practices of tattooing and piercing.

Q:
What certifications do I need to get a permit to practice body art?
 A:

Any person seeking a permit to practice body art in the City of Worcester must complete an application package. A practitioner must also have a valid CPR certificate, a valid First Aid certificate, a valid Blood Borne Pathogens certificate and a skin course*.

*A skin course is available at the Quincy DPH, 1585 Hancock Street, Lower Level, Quincy, MA 02169 (needs to be completed only once) from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Course cost is $60 per person, cash or check only. If paying by check, please make it out to Quincy Health Department. no credit cards are accepted. Registration is required. For available dates, to register or for more information, please call (617) 376-1286.

Q:
Can I take the CPR, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens courses online?
 A:

The Blood Borne Pathogens course is the only course that can be taken online. CPR and First Aid courses must be taken in person and include practice sessions.

Q:
I am a practitioner in another town/state. Can I transfer my permit from there to Worcester?
 A:

No. You must complete the application process for a permit to practice in Worcester.

Q:
I have a permit to practice in Worcester; I want to work at another establishment. What should I do?
 A:

Notify the Department of Inspectional Services, in writing, of your new place of employment.

Q:
What permits do I need to open my own studio?
 A:

Any person seeking a permit to operate a Body Art Establishment in the City of Worcester must complete an application package, provide a copy of their occupancy permit and make an appointment to have the establishment inspected.

Q:
What are the requirements to be a licensed piercer in Worcester?
 A:

Any person seeking a permit to practice piercing in the City of Worcester must complete an application package. A practitioner must also have a valid CPR certificate, a valid First Aid certificate, a valid Blood Borne Pathogens certificate and an Anatomy & Physiology course.

Q:
Can I take the CPR, First Aid, Blood Borne Pathogens and the Anatomy & Physiology courses online?
 A:

The Blood Borne Pathogens course is the only course that can be taken online. CPR and First Aid courses must be taken in person and include practice sessions.

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