BBP400 - Bloodborne Pathogens and Communicable Diseases for Florida Tattoo Artists

Take this body art bloodborne pathogens training course if you are a tattoo artist who wants to work in Florida. This course is approved by the Florida Department of Health for tattoo artist licensure under Section 381.0775, F.S. and Chapter 64E-28, F.A.C. See Florida Approved Bloodborne Pathogens Training Providers.

This bloodborne pathogens course is for tattoo artists, permanent cosmetics technicians, microblading technicians, and students/apprentices who practice tattooing as part of their training.

BBP 400 is interactive and narrated, and is offered in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese versions. Tablets, laptops, or desktop computers provide the best viewing experience for this course.

Once the course is started, a tattoo artist can sign out and then return and pick up where he or she left off. Take-away notes, tattoo safety training guides, instructions, checklists, forms, and other printable resources are provided within the course. Body artists taking this online BBP course can ask questions and receive answers from a subject matter expert via phone seven days a week (8 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST).

After successful completion of this course, a bloodborne pathogens certificate of completion can be printed immediately. If a certificate is lost or misplaced, a replacement copy can be printed. A health department inspector can quickly confirm the validity of a BBP 400 certificate by using the Certificate Validation Tool on the Your Training Place website. Once a certificate number is entered, the validation tool will display the name of the person to whom that certificate was issued, the course code number, and the date the certificate was issued. If an artist doesn't have his or her bloodborne pathogens certificate readily available, using the validation tool is a quick way to show compliance with Florida's educational course requirement.

Once a tattoo artist completes the BBP 400 bloodborne pathogens training course, he or she should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of regulations regarding tattooing and permanent cosmetics
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the transmission, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of the infectious diseases that are of particular concern to body art professionals
  • Explain what an Exposure Control Plan is and how it can be expanded into an Exposure Control and Infection Prevention Plan
  • Recognize tattoo shop tasks and procedures that have a potential for causing exposure to communicable diseases
  • Describe how to incorporate infection prevention and control strategies into everyday work practices and procedures
  • List the steps to follow after a bloodborne pathogens exposure incident
  • List the steps in a post-exposure evaluation and follow-up
  • Explain the importance of hepatitis B vaccination
  • Explain the importance of informed consent forms and client aftercare instructions
  • Explain how to use signs, labels, and biohazard symbols to communicate hazards
  • Demonstrate knowledge of tattoo shop record-keeping requirements

Tattoo artists, permanent cosmetics technicians, microblading technicians, and micropigmentation technicians who hold an active license, registration, or certification issued by a jurisdiction outside of Florida, and who are seeking registration as a guest artist, must meet Florida's educational course and examination requirements. One of these requirements is submitting a copy of a bloodborne pathogens certificate of course completion that meets or exceeds the requirements prescribed in Sections 381.00775(2)(b) 4.and 5., F.S., and Rule 64E-28.006, F.A.C.


Who is required to obtain a Florida Tattoo Artist License?

The following persons are required to obtain a Florida tattoo license:

  • Persons who tattoo the body of another human 
  • Persons who practice permanent cosmetics, permanent make-up, microblading, or micropigmentation
  • Students/apprentices who tattoo other humans as part of their tattoo training
  • Tattoo or permanent makeup artists licensed outside of Florida

What are the requirements for Florida Tattoo Artist Licensure?

The requirements to obtain a Florida tattoo artist license are as follows:

  • Completed Application for Tattoo Artist License (including the name of the licensed tattoo establishment where the tattoo artist will perform tattooing or intends to perform tattooing)
  • Payment of the license fee ($60 as of May 2022; local county health departments may charge an additional fee)
  • Proof the applicant is at least 18 years of age
  • Copy of government-issued photo ID
  • Certificate showing the required bloodborne pathogen and communicable diseases course for tattoo artists has been completed with a minimum 70% score

Where should I send my application for a Florida Tattoo Artist License? 

  • Contact your local county health department for the specific address to use when mailing your application

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