California Body Art Bloodborne Pathogens Training (BBP100)

Price -- $25

California requires body artists to take an annual bloodborne pathogens training

Before registering as a body art practitioner, California's Safe Body Art Act requires tattoo artists, permanent cosmetics technicians, body piercers, and branders to complete a bloodborne pathogens exposure control training course that consists of not less than two hours of instruction. The training and the training materials must be specific to the performance of body art. The Safe Body Art Act further requires body art practitioners to take bloodborne pathogens exposure control training each year.

This requirement for bloodborne pathogens training includes body art students or apprentices working on a live person in a classroom setting. Also included are individuals working in a decontamination and sterilization room as they may be exposed to instruments contaminated with human fluids or tissue.

Any individual in California who is going to perform body art on a person must be a registered practitioner, even if no money is exchanged or the body art occurs as part of a training course. The only exception is for a practitioner who only provides procedures at sites under the control and direction of a physician or surgeon.

BBP training requirement is enforced

California counties, and three California cities, are responsible for enforcing the Safe Body Art Act requirement that tattoo artists, permanent makeup technicians, microblading technicians, piercers, and branders take annual bloodborne pathogens training.

Some counties and cities publish lists of approved body art bloodborne pathogens training courses.

Other counties and cities do not approve specific courses, but instead have lists of courses that they accept.

All California counties approve or accept BBP100 “California Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Training”

Except for Los Angeles (which has approved BBP200), Course BBP100 is approved or accepted by every county in California for annual bloodborne pathogens training for tattoo artists, permanent makeup technicians, microblading technicians, piercers, and branders.

California counties and cities that have approved BBP100:

Alameda, Amador, Butte, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Fresno , Kern, Lassen, Long Beach (City), Monterey, Nevada, Orange, Placer, Pasadena (City), Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Shasta, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Ventura, Yolo.

California counties and cities that accept BBP100:

Alpine, Berkeley (City), Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Imperial, Inyo, Kings, Lake, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Napa, Plumas, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Sierra, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Yuba.

Why should you choose BBP100 “California Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Training” for your annual BBP training?

It’s well worth your time:     BBP100 provides clear explanations of what you have to do to comply with the Safe Body Art Act. It’s interactive, illustrated, and fully narrated.

If you’re just beginning your career as a body artist, take this class to learn how to protect yourself and your clients from infection and disease.

If you’re an experienced body artist, it’s easy to become complacent about safety policies and procedures. Take this class and compare how you are actually performing procedures with the requirements of the Safe Body Art Act.

Choice of device:     Use your desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or cell phone.

Come and go:     While taking this body art BBP training course you can sign out and then later resume the course where you left off. This course can be taken at home, at work or on the go.

Choice of language:     This fully-narrated, online course has English, Spanish, and Vietnamese versions.

Outstanding customer service:     Have a question or need technical assistance? Our help desk is open 7 days a week from 8 AM. to 10 PM EST.

Downloadable resources:     This online course has many downloadable resources such as:

  • take-away notes
  • safety guidelines for autoclaves and permanent cosmetics machines
  • set-up and tear-down procedures
  • safety data sheet training
  • hepatitis B declination form
  • procedures for donning and removing gloves
  • sterilization flow chart
  • emergency envelope instructions
  • equipment maintenance log
  • client health questionnaire and informed consent form

Links are provided to California county and city body art programs. Students going to these websites can download body artist registration forms and other material.

Everything you need to stay safe:     This course covers all the bloodborne pathogens training topics required by the Safe Body Art Act and Cal/OSHA such as:

  • epidemiology and symptoms of diseases
  • modes of transmission
  • exposure control plan
  • exposure determination
  • various methods of exposure control
  • universal and standard precautions
  • engineering and work practice controls
  • decontamination and disposal
  • personal protective equipment
  • housekeeping
  • hepatitis B vaccination
  • procedures to follow in the event of an exposure incident
  • post-exposure evaluation and follow-up
  • hazard signs and warning labels
  • recordkeeping

Printing certificates:     After finishing the course you can immediately print a bloodborne pathogens certificate of completion. In the event you lose your certificate, you can print a replacement certificate by signing in to 

Validating certificates:     If a health inspector questions the validity of your certificate do this: go to; click on the Validation tab to open the Certificate Validation Tool, and then enter the certificate number. The Validation Tool will then display the name of the person who took the course, the name of the course, and the date the course was completed.


This body art BBP training course has been specifically designed for tattoo artists, permanent cosmetics technicians and body piercers. The course explains what the Safe Body Art Act and Cal/OSHA require body artists to do on an everyday basis in their shop to protect themselves and their clients from infection and disease. The course provides high quality, engaging content; gives clearly stated objectives that are directly linked to on-the-job performance; allows students to proceed at their own pace; provides feedback through quizzes; and can be used as a supplement for in-shop training.

The price of this course is $25.