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Microblading Certification... what does it mean in Canada?

September 17, 2019 3 min read

Microblading Certification... what does it mean in Canada?

Did you know that in Canada there is no regulatory body for the microblading/permanent makeup/cosmetic tattoo industry?
This means that absolutely anyone can perform these services AND teach them, with little to no training or education. With lack of regulation there has been an exponential increase in quick courses and poor training. Some courses are even offered online, with no hands-on training at all, and many are only 2-3 days long.
We hear so often from artists who have received subpar training and are desperate to learn more.  Permanent makeup or cosmetic tattoos permanently alter the skin and is frightening that we have so little regulation in Canada.
At Halcyon Cosmetic we believe strongly that educating artists & consumers about certification is the only way we will begin to eliminate un-trained technicians and poor work in our industry.
How can a you become CERTIFIED in microblading or permanent makeup in Canada?
Attending a class and receiving a "certificate" does not CERTIFY you, there is no such thing in Canada. With no governing body to regulate the industry, a certificate is simply a piece of paper printed by a private organization, some looking prettier than others.
Having been in this industry for some time, we are passionate about lobbying for better education and training standards. With the lack of standardized training in Canada, we have elected to become certified through the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP). The SPCP is a world-wide organization that has been leading our industry for over 25 years to ensure education standards worldwide.
To become a Certified Permanent Cosmetic Professional (CPCP) with the SPCP, artists must complete a minimum 100-hour permanent makeup fundamentals program, obtain a bloodborne pathogens certificate and complete an industry specific examination that requires an 85% passing grade. Renewal of certification requires a minimum of 12 hrs advanced training each year and continued up-to-date bloodborne pathogens certification.
What does this mean for you & your clients? 100 hours of education, guaranteed advanced education hours per year, and CPCP certification gives your clients peace of mind and encourages you to continue to learn in this ever-changing industry. Even those of us that have been doing this for many years still take time every year for continued education. We are also continuously keeping up to date with new products and techniques.

The SPCP offers 2 excellent educational opportunities each year. (FALL Conference & SPRING Convention).  You do not have to be a member to attend & each conference is full of exceptional speakers sharing a wealth of knowledge. These events also offer you the opportunity to gain hours towards your mandatory "continued education". Kelly & Stephanie attend at least one SPCP event a year and would love to see more of you there!

Bloodborne pathogens certification covers Occupational Health and Safety Guidelines for anyone who comes in contact with blood and body fluids. It covers the procedural practices for prevention of disease and infection and is compulsory in many countries to work in the tattooing field, but is not compulsory in Canada for the permanent makeup industry. Certification requires yearly renewal to keep up to date with changes or practices in the industry, as well as to keep understanding and awareness of safe practices in the forefront.

For more information on CPCP (Certified Permanent Cosmetic Professional) feel free to message us or contact the SPCP at
* Being a member of SPCP and displaying the PINK SPCP logo does not indicate certification. Only those who have passed the examination for certification can display the BLUE CPCP logo.

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