Microblading Career Checklist
Becoming a MICROBLADE artist! It’s very exciting to see the demand for microblading continue across the USA. Unfortunately, poorly educated microblade artists continue to increase as well. This issue has broadened the demand for a well-trained artist. There is a huge need in this industry for QUALIFIED artists! The growth in poorly educated technicians should not be any surprise since most states do not have educational requirements for microblading students or trainers. Remember, becoming a microblading artist is like any other life lesson: “You only get out what you put into it.” This is your future, and cutting corners with a quick, cheap and easy training will only cost you time and money.
To help students decide amongst the number of trainers in the industry we have gathered 10 important things all artists should consider.
Do you understand your state/local regulations?
In most states you do not need training or a certification to start microblading. Microblading is a form of tattooing, and in most areas it falls under the same guidelines as BODY ART. Tattoo regulations and recommended practices vary from state to state in the USA. Click here: TATTOOING AND BODY PIERCING | STATE LAWS & REGULATIONS
Does the trainer uphold any educational standards?
Does the trainer uphold any educational standards with the state (not just a business license to work on their own clients). If you’re going to be working on live models, make sure training has insurance and covers students. Make sure the location is OSHA Certified, especially if the training is at a hotel, conference center, or if your instructor resides outside of the USA.
3D BROWS ACADEMY is one of the only microblading educators that meets the educational requirements to be a state registered post-secondary school, upholding us to meet state standards in education. 3D BROWS is OSHA certified, and during trainings each student is insured under the academy’s insurance policy.
What qualifies them to be a trainer?
Does your trainer have any teaching credentials? Just because someone knows how to microblade doesn’t qualify them to be a good teacher! Like any professional learning institution your instructor needs to meet specific teaching standards and have the ability to adapt and work with the individual student needs.
3D BROWS Head Instructor Patty Willardsen is not only a great microblade artist but she is also a state licensed instructor! (This is a different certification than our Post-Secondary School Certificate.)
Who is really going to be training you?
Make sure you know who will actually be teaching you in the classroom. In the industry some trainers will franchise their brand or hire out assistants to instruct their courses. To help sell courses they will promote their “Celebrity Trainer” but most often the person that shows up to do the training is their assistant or someone they recently taught in the area. Do you really want someone’s assistant teaching you?
At 3D BROWS ACADEMY our founder and Head Instructor Patty Willardsen oversees all courses.
How many students are in the class?
Make sure you’re not sharing a model with other students!!! Each student should have their own models to work on, start to finish. Ask if you’re able to work on a touch-up model. Touch-ups are one of the most important parts of microblading.
During our microblading fundamentals course students work on at least 2 of their own start to finish modles and often assist working with another student on a 3rd live model.
What is the course experience?
Don’t be fooled by thinking a 2- to 3-day crash course in microblading or an online training (alone) will provide you with enough experience to become a confident artist. To become a confident artist it typically takes at least 50 hours of hands-on experience along with meeting various training objectives prior to working on own clients.
During our 5-day hands-on training we prepare our students with a FIVE step process (1. Paper, 2. Latex, 3. Molds, 4. Mannequin Heads, 5. Pig Ears) giving them the hands-on experience they need before working on models over the last 3 days. On the last day students are evaluated with a live model prior to receiving a certificate.
Look into their reviews!
Take the time to see their reviews, and do not be afraid to talk to their past students. Check their reviews, good or bad. If they have a couple of bad reviews, that shouldn’t be much of a concern in comparison to the number of higher reviews. However if they have more than 10% negative reviews, you might want to find out why! Make sure you like the type of work they show. Oftentimes your work is a reflection of your trainer!
You can always contact 3D BROWS students on Instagram or facebook via #3DBrowsCertified, or we can provide referrals upon request.
How many models will you work on by yourself?
You should be able to perform full procedures start-to-finish on your models. You should not be sharing a model with other students!!! Also ask if you’re able to work on touch-up models? Touch-ups are one of the most important parts of microblading.
During our microblading fundamentals course students work on at least 2 of their own models start to finish and often assist working with other student on a 3rd live model. This includes touch-up models.
Do they provide ongoing support?
Does your training provide ongoing support? A trainer should be a mentor to you and want you to succeed. You can imagine, if your trainer is always on the road teaching, most likely they will not be able to respond to your needs in a timely manner.
At 3D BROWS we have an open door policy for our students along with on line support groups to provide our students with any help needed. How many other instructors give you their personal cell phones? We consider our students our family!
Your success is up to you!
Lazy and microblading do not mix! If you want to become a successful artist you cannot cut corners. It’s going to take commitment and practice. Becoming a good artist starts with a solid educational foundation to build on. Each client is a representation of your work, and if the work is good the referrals will come to you. This is an investment in yourself! Going with a quick, cheap and easy training will most likely result in a quick and discouraging career.