Bloodborne Pathogens, Infection Prevention and Control Seminar for Tattoo Artists

"Learn At Your Own Pace"

Unsafe body art practices can lead to a higher risk of bloodborne infections and other infectious diseases. It's essential that anyone working within a body art facility knows and practices current infection prevention, in order to minimize the risks.

With the skills gained in this seminar, you will be able to put the standards, protocols and regulations of the personal service industry into practice.

Our industry specific Infection Prevention and Control, Bloodborne Pathogens training is available to anyone currently working, or pursuing a position, within the body art community. This includes tattoo artists, body piercers, apprentices, studio staff, sterilization technicians, suspension artists, and even side show performers. 

These online seminars can be completed at your own pace. This online training seminar is 2.5 hours in length and divided into 9 chapters. These seminars are fully mobile responsive so you will be able to take your courses on the go from any phone, tablet, or computer. You’ll have access to the seminar for 3 months if you wish to continue reviewing course content while implementing new infection prevention protocols in your own working environment.

Complete the seminar at your own pace

You have access to the course for up to 3 months

This BBP seminar includes 39 lessons within 9 chapters

This seminar is roughly 2.5 hours in length 

Mobile friendly, use your smart phone, tablet or computer

Closed captioning available in English and French

Access to your instructor through phone or email

Each artist needs to complete the full seminar before receiving a certificate

Trusted by hundreds of Tattooers and Piercers across Canada since 2014

Taught by an instructor who has been in the industry since 2001

This is not intended to be just another boring health and safety seminar. Our intention is to provide you industry specific guidance for those who want to challenge themselves, grow as safer practitioners, and those who want to share their knowledge with others. We are passionate about seeing your progression within the body art community! 

During the seminar you’ll be required to answer a quiz at the end of each chapter. Each quiz will require a passing grade of 70% in order to proceed. Once all chapters, and quizzes have been completed, a certificate of completion will be available to print immediately. You can then proudly display your certificate within your studio, online and within your portfolio.

If you’re looking to challenge yourself as a Tattooer, whether you’re just starting out, or a veteran within the community, you’ll be guaranteed to learn something new and feel inspired to promote safety once this seminar is complete!

Let’s Stay Progressive!

Course Outline

  • 1

    Chapter 1

  • 2

    Chapter 2

    • What is Body Modification?

    • Apprenticeships

    • Studio Set Up - Front Counter - Signage

    • Tattoo Room Layout

  • 3

    Chapter 3

    • Hand Washing - Hand Rubs

    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

    • Quiz

  • 4

    Chapter 4

    • Sharps and Bio-Bins

    • Needle-sticks

    • Routine Practices

    • Client Waivers

    • Quiz

  • 5

    Chapter 5

    • Skin Prep and Bandaging

    • Aftercare

    • Tattoo Set Up

    • Disposable Tubes and Tattoo Ink

    • Public Health Inspectors

    • Client Safety

    • Quiz

  • 6

    Chapter 6

    • Cross Contamination

    • Disinfection

    • Quiz

  • 7

    Chapter 7

    • What is a Bloodborne Pathogen?

    • Blood, OPIM and Modes of Transmission

    • Hepatitis B

    • Hepatitis C

    • HIV

    • Quiz

  • 8

    Chapter 8

    • MRSA

    • NTM

    • COVID-19

    • Quiz

  • 9

    Chapter 9

    • Presentation Review Survey

    • Thank you!

    • BONUS...Social Media & Networking

Certificates of Completion

Once you’ve completed all the course lessons, you’ll be able to print out your own Certificate of Completion (left photo), or you may choose to purchase a higher quality, signed, Certificate of Completion (right photo).

Please visit our store page to learn more. 


Jesse Villemaire

Jesse Villemaire is an entertainer whose passion for teaching and for the Body Art community shows in each presentation. The Progressive Mentorship curriculum was developed in 2014 by Jesse Villemaire, a well respected piercer since 2001 and former owner of Thrive Studios in Cambridge, ON. Jesse contributes to the Body Art community as a full-time Educator and provides professional photography services through his sister company, Follow Me North. Jesse had previously been instructing alongside Health Educators Inc. since 2010 and has taught thousands of practitioners, including Health Inspectors throughout Canada and the U.S. Jesse has attended the Association of Professional Piercers Conference since 2004 and has had the honour of teaching at the yearly conference in Las Vegas. His current mission is to provide current, relevant information, specifically dedicated to the Body Art community to help artists evolve as safer practitioners.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is this a “Live Seminar”?

    No, our courses are now presented as an online class. As the curriculum isn’t presented in a live format, you can enjoy the course at your own pace. You’ll have access to the course for 3 months upon registration. The whole seminar is roughly 3 hours long, but you can watch a little each day, or complete it all at once.

  • Is this online seminar similar to the live seminars that you offer?

    Yes, we’ve structured our online curriculum around the topics we’ve discussed previously in our popular live Bloodborne Pathogens and Infection Prevention and Control seminar, and we’ve also built upon this foundation to offer the newest industry best practices as it pertains to COVID-19. Due to the pandemic, all of our live seminars are currently cancelled. We’ve had interest from many artists, asking for an online version of our seminars for some time and we’re happy to make this seminar available online to allow more artists across Canada to have access.

  • I don’t have a reliable computer, can I still access the class on my smart phone?

    Yes, our platform allows you to access our course on your mobile devices so you can access us on the go with your phone, tablet or laptop.

  • If I don’t have a printer, how can get a copy of my certificate?

    You’ll have the option to download your certificate as a .PDF at the end of the course. Many people will bring the .PDF file to a local printing company, such as Staples. We’re also offering upgraded certificates on our store page. We print on high quality paper, with a gold badge and signature from the course instructor. We’ll then mail the certificate to you within 14 business days.

  • Is there a test within this course?

    Instead of one long test at the end of the seminar, we’ve included multiple “quizzes” after each chapter. This will help you retain some of the important information that we’re delivering throughout the seminar.

  • Will this course teach me how to tattoo or pierce?

    NO! Please respect the industry if you love it, like we do. Don’t seek out online tattoo or piercing training in order fast track your desire to get into the industry. Find a reputable studio to work at, seek out proper guidance through a mentor, and hopefully you’ll earn a respectful apprenticeship someday.

  • What are the payment options available? What currency?

    The prices are all listed in Canadian funds, including tax. We accept PayPal and Stripe payments. Although it is dependent on location. In general, Stripe accepts major cards including: VISA, VISA Debit, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. If you have any issues making a payment, please let us know and we can accept an e-transfer instead.

  • Can I purchase a seminar as a gift for my favourite tattoo artist or piercer?

    Yes! You can purchase a "Gift Coupon" that you can pass onto a fellow tattoo artist, piercer, apprentice or counter staff employee. Custom “Gift Coupons” are available on our store page!

  • What system requirements and supported browsers are needed to access this online course?

    In addition to having the latest web browser (listed below), there are a few other requirements that will help ensure you have a good experience while using this learning platform. In order to make sure this course runs well, please make sure your desktop/device has the following: - The most recent version of a web browser listed below - Javascript enabled, PDF plugin, Graphic and audio output capability, Broadband internet connection with a minimum speed of 5Mbps (recommended) TLS 1.2 supported by your web browser. - Desktop: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge - Mobile: iOS Safari (11 and up), Chrome, Samsung Internet *Note that this platform does not support Internet Explorer.


Thora C.

The seminar is easy to follow along and Jesse has done a great job at explaining what and how diseases are spread and the best protocols to follow in order to prevent infection. The video and sound are excellent. I look forward to future training and seminars.

Steven E.

This was a great informative and organized seminar that should be taken by everybody in the industry.

Socrates M.

Really happy to be part of this class...learning lots of things about safety in tattooing is refreshing every seminar. Thank you!

Lucas W.

Very informative seminar, extremely affordable considering the information given.

Pamela L.

Great and relevant information - well spoken and concise. Super relevant to the body modification industry with actual good advice that can be applicable in studios.

Catherine D.

This is a great seminar and a must-have for anyone doing body art work. It's very informative and non-intimidating.

Lucas L.

Amazing course, great explanations. Definitely the best course of its kind!

Sammy G.

I’ve taken similar courses and this one by far takes the cake. It was professional, fun, informative and most importantly I feel like I actually learned something today!

Chuck D.

These instructors do a great job incorporating their real world experience to what can normally be a dry, but essential, subject in a way that makes the presentation really easy and satisfying!

Diane D. Public Health Inspector

This seminar provided a great opportunity for Public Health to learn infection control practices directly related to tattoo and piercing artists. We learned about new products and equipment being used in the industry and took away practical skills such as tattoo/piercing set up and tear down procedures.

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