Body Art Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) Course Approvals

Updated June 6, 2024

Please note: We do our best to keep the information on this page up-to-date. Body art training requirements, however, do change over time so that's why we've provided links to health departments and other local enforcement agencies.

See below for a list of all 50 states, indicating where our BBP courses are approved or accepted.


We offer bloodborne pathogens training courses for tattoo artists, piercers, and permanent makeup artists.

Here are the 5 body art BBP courses we offer:

  • California 
  • Los Angeles
  • Nationwide (except CA, FL, Los Angeles, and MN)
  • Florida
  • Minnesota

We also offer a course entitled Bloodborne Pathogens and Infection Control for Environmental Health Professionals.



Our bloodborne pathogen training courses are OSHA-compliant.

Our BBP courses comply with the training requirements of Federal OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard CFR 1910.1030.

OSHA requires any worker who has occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials to take annual bloodborne pathogens training. OSHA covers most private-sector employers and workers in all 50 states.

Our BBP certification training is approved or accepted in almost all states.

Here's a 50-state list that indicates the status of our courses.

Alabama
Alabama Public Health has approved Nationwide as a bloodborne pathogens training course for body artists who perform tattooing, body piercing, branding, and scarification. We are listed as "Online Bloodborne Pathogens Training Program".

Alaska
The State of Alaska Board of Barbers and Hairdressers has approved our Nationwide course for body art professionals who do tattooing, permanent cosmetic coloring, and body piercing. 

Arizona
There is no current Arizona state requirement for tattoo artists or piercers to take bloodborne pathogens training. Local requirements, if any, apply. If your county or city has requirements, ask if our OSHA-compliant Nationwide course will be accepted.

Arkansas
The Body Art Program of the Arkansas Department of Health has approved our OSHA-compliant Bloodborne Pathogens Training for tattoo artists, permanent cosmetics artists, body piercers, and branders.

California
Body Art Training Group is a Los Angeles County-approved BBP trainer for body art practitioners. See Approved Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Training Providers.

All other California counties have approved, or accept, California Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Training.

Colorado
The Denver Department of Environmental Health requires applicants for a body art license to submit an OSHA-compliant bloodborne pathogen training certificate (must be valid and taken within the past 12 months). Our Nationwide course is OSHA-compliant.

Connecticut
Nationwide complies with the bloodborne pathogens training requirements for tattoo technicians as specified in CT Gen Stat § 20-266o(b)(1)(B) (2013).

Delaware
Delaware does not currently require body art professionals to take bloodborne pathogens training. If your local Delaware health department has training requirements, determine if our OSHA-compliant Nationwide course will be accepted.

District of Columbia
The Code of the District of Columbia, § 47–2853.76c, requires body artists to have a certificate of completion of a course in bloodborne pathogens conferred by an institution or organization that is recognized by the Board or that the Board determines to be substantially equivalent thereof. Our Nationwide course is OSHA-compliant.

Florida
Our Florida course is approved by the Florida Department of Health under 381.00775(2)(b)4. and 5., F.S., and, Rule 64E-28.006, F.A.C.  See Florida Tattoo Artist Licensure.

Georgia
The Georgia Department of Public Health requires body artists to provide proof of successful completion of an OSHA-compliant Bloodborne Pathogen/Universal Precautions training program as one of the documents that must be submitted with an application for a Body Artist Certification.  Nationwide is an OSHA-compliant body art BBP course.

Hawaii
The State of Hawaii Department of Health, Sanitation Branch, has approved our online Nationwide course.

Idaho
The State of Idaho does not currently require tattoo artists or body piercers to take BBP training. Contact your local health department to determine if they have BBP training requirements for tattoo artists and piercers. If there are requirements, ask if Nationwide, an OSHA-compliant course, will be accepted.

Illinois
The Illinois Department of Public Health requires establishments providing body art services such as tattooing, piercing, branding or scarification to be registered with the Department.   The body art establishment holds the permit, not the individual artist. The artist, however, is required to provide proof of education including bloodborne pathogen training that meets OSHA standards. Our Nationwide course is OSHA-compliant.

Indiana
Our interactive Nationwide course meets the bloodborne pathogens training requirements as mentioned in "Quick Facts", Indiana State Department of Health.

Iowa
The State of Iowa requires body art practitioners to take bloodborne pathogens training. Choose our Nationwide course to meet this requirement.

Kansas
The Kansas Board of Cosmetology has approved our industry-specific Nationwide course for 3 hours.

Kentucky
Our Nationwide course complies with Kentucky's bloodborne pathogens training requirements as specified in 902 KAR 45:065 and 902 KAR 45:070.

Louisiana
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals accepts our Nationwide class for bloodborne pathogens training for body art operators.

Maine
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services approved our skills-focused Nationwide course for body art bloodborne pathogens training.

Maryland
The Maryland Department of Health does not license tattoo and body piercing businesses. Allegany County and Calvert County, however, require tattoo artists and piercers to obtain proof of attendance at a bloodborne pathogens training program. Take our Nationwide course. Other Maryland counties or cities may have similar requirements. Always review the current licensing requirements of your local regulatory agency.

Massachusetts

Our OSHA-compliant Nationwide Course is a course in the prevention of disease transmission and bloodborne pathogens as required by:

Michigan
The State of Michigan licenses body art facilities, not individual artists. Body art facilities, however, have to provide bloodborne pathogen training that is industry-specific and site-specific to anyone in the facility who has occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials. See Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Requirements for Body Art Facilities, Section 7. Online BBP training is not accepted.

Minnesota
Minnesota Department of Health accepts our OSHA-compliant Nationwide course for 2 hours of bloodborne pathogens coursework for body art technicians. Our Minnesota course is accepted for 5 hours of coursework. See Minnesota Body Art Technician Licensing

Mississippi
The Mississippi State Department of Health has approved our informative Nationwide course as a tattoo and body piercing "Disease Prevention Course".

Missouri
Our OSHA-compliant online Nationwide course complies with the bloodborne pathogens training requirements as specified by Missouri's Office of Tattooing, Body Piercing, and Branding.

Montana
Montana accepts our self-paced Nationwide course for body art bloodborne pathogens training.

Nebraska
The Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services accepts our OSHA-compliant Nationwide class as meeting the bloodborne pathogens training requirements for body artists.

Nevada
Our comprehensive Nationwide course complies with the bloodborne pathogens training requirements as specified by the  Southern Nevada Health District, and as specified in Washoe County Health District Regulations Governing Invasive Body Decoration Establishments, Section 030.006.

New Hampshire
New Hampshire accepts our user-friendly Nationwide course as meeting the bloodborne pathogens training requirements for body art practitioners.

New Jersey
The State of New Jersey Department of Health accepts our career-oriented Nationwide course for body art bloodborne pathogens training.

New Mexico
The New Mexico Board of Body Art Practitioners requires tattoo artists, permanent makeup professionals, body piercing professionals, and apprentices to take bloodborne pathogens training. Nationwide is a course that will satisfy this requirement.

New York
Even though New York State does not currently require bloodborne pathogens training for tattoo artists and piercers, some NY body art practitioners take our OSHA-compliant BBP courses because they want the specialized training or because they need a bloodborne pathogens certificate to do an out-of-state body art show. See New York Tattoo BBP Training.

North Carolina
Currently, North Carolina does not have a state requirement for body art professionals to take BBP training. If your local health department has training requirements, determine if our OSHA-compliant Nationwide course will be accepted.

North Dakota
There is no current North Dakota state requirement for tattoo artists or piercers to take BBP training. Contact your local health department to determine if they have training requirements for tattoo artists and piercers. If they do, ask if Nationwide, an OSHA-compliant course, will be accepted.

Ohio
Our online-delivered Nationwide course complies with the bloodborne pathogens training requirements for body artists as specified in Ohio Administrative Code, Chapter 3701-9-04 (M)(3)(b).

Oklahoma
The Oklahoma State Department of Health accepts our online Nationwide class for bloodborne pathogens training certification for tattoo artists and body piercers.

Oregon
The Oregon Health Licensing Agency has approved our Nationwide course (formally labeled BATG001) for 2 hours of continuing education credit for electrologists. Oregon also recognizes our training as meeting the criteria for bloodborne pathogen training certification needed by tattoo artists and body piercers for initial licensure and renewal.

Pennsylvania
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Environmental Health Services accepts our convenient Nationwide course for body art bloodborne pathogens training.

Rhode Island
Our self paced Nationwide class complies with the bloodborne pathogens requirements as specified in the Rhode Island Dept. of Health Rules And Regulations For The Registration Of Tattoo Artists And Tattoo Parlors (Sept 2012). Section 16.1.b.

South Carolina
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has approved our skill-enhancing Nationwide course for tattoo artists and body piercers.

South Dakota
The State of South Dakota does not require body art professionals to take BBP training. The city of Sioux Falls, however, does require tattoo artists to take bloodborne pathogens training. 

Tennessee
Currently, the Tennessee Department of Health accepts only the Alliance of Professional Tattooists course in sterilization and the BBP course provided free of charge by local/state health departments.

Texas
The State of Texas currently licenses tattoo facilities, not individual artists. See Texas Bloodborne Pathogens Training for Tattoo Artists and Piercers Some local jurisdictions, however, do require body artists to take BBP training.

Our Nationwide course complies with the body art bloodborne pathogens training requirements as specified by:

Utah
There is no current Utah state requirement for body art professionals to take BBP training. Contact your local health department to determine if they have BBP training requirements for tattoo artists and piercers. Ask if our OSHA-compliant Nationwide course will be accepted.

Vermont
See the requirements for tattoo artist and body piercer licensing at the Vermont Office of Professional Regulation webpage.

Virginia
The Virginia Board for Barbers and Cosmetology has approved our industry-relevant Nationwide course for BBP training for tattoo artists and body piercers.

Washington
The Washington State Department of Licensing requires applicants for a body art license to have a current and active bloodborne pathogens certificate.  Take our Nationwide course to fulfill this requirement.   

West Virginia
The State of West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has approved Nationwide as an Exposure Control Training course for body piercing technicians.

Wisconsin
The State of Wisconsin has no current requirement for body art professionals to take BBP training. Determine if there are requirements in the area in which you work. If there are, ask if an OSHA-compliant course like BBP300 will be accepted.

Wyoming
The Cheyenne/Laramie County Health Department requires body artists to take bloodborne pathogens training. Take Nationwide to fulfill that requirement.


Professional Organization Approvals

American Electrology Association

Nationwide has been approved by the American Electrology Association for .2 continuing education units.

Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals

Our California, Florida, Los Angeles, Minnesota, and Nationwide courses have been approved by the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals.

Your Training Place, a California Department of Public Health Continuing Education Accreditation Agency for Registered Environmental Health Specialists

Our course "Bloodborne Pathogens and Infection Control for Environmental Health Professionals" has been approved by Your Training Place for 3 REHS continuing education contact hours. See California REHS Accreditation Agencies