National Academy of Permanent Cosmetic Curriculum

Starting a new career or business can be a worrisome endeavor.  Your curriculum will start with an introduction to Permanent Cosmetics including the history of permanent tatooing as it pertains to permanent cosmetics (optional) and an overview of the machines and devices available.


  • Client profile
  • Analyze character of client and client selection
  • Client expectations
  • Discuss overall aspects of permanent cosmetics
  • Medical history/client information form
  • Identify potential problems for permanent cosmetics
  • Determine when physician review is advised
  • Consent forms
  • Discuss informed consent

Liability issues

  • Physical setting
  • General equiptment
  • Building codes

Disinfection and Sterilization

  • Equiptment
  • Discuss acceptable forms of sterilization
  • Disinfectants and antiseptics
  • OSHA and CDC guidelines
  • Technician safety
  • Hand washing
  • Hepatitis B vaccination
  • Gloves
  • Proper handling of devices, needles, and pigments
  • Procedural sanitary measures

Client Preparation

  • Pre-procedure care
  • Preparing the client's skin
  • Ways of marking the skin
  • Anesthetics and physician relationships

Color & pigment theory

  • Composition/layers
  • healing process of skin and its care
  • Diseases, disorders and conditions
  • Infection
  • Herpes
  • Moles, warts, freckles
  • Psoriasis, eczema
  • Reactions

Machine Theory

  • Review machines for technical aspects
  • Operation and maintenance of equiptment
  • Use speed, pressure, and angles
  • Trouble-shooting
  • Evaluate capabilities of devices
  • Only one type of device is taught at the fundamental level once a preferred method is choosen


  • Appropriate needle selection and application
  • Groups, numbers, and configurations
  • Mechanical skin application
  • Maintenance
  • Damage inspection
  • Storage and disposal
  • Preparation for sterilization


  • Rationale
  • Equipment and methods
  • Clarity
  • Presentation

After Care

  • Client Follow up
  • Forms and instructions to provide
Procedural experience: Two of each complete procedures
  • eyebrows, eyeliner, and lip color
  • Review issues and discuss
  • Facial morphology
  • Variations
  • Observe procedures
  • Hands-on live model work

Business Setup

  • Basic business and marketing guidelines (optional)
  • Legal requirements
  • Insurance & liability