Piercing Alumni

We are a New Zealand's leading provider of Professional Piercing Courses.
Our modules cover everything you need to know to start piercing on the day you graduate. We offer 7 intensive hours per day for up to 6 weeks for our most comprehensive course.

Each module is made up of practical training modules and includes piercing real people.

Experience New Zealand's only comprehensive training program where you WILL learn how to pierce.


Become a Body Piercer: Unleash Your Passion!

Do you have a fascination with body piercings and a desire to build a career in this exciting field? This course is designed for those with a genuine passion and a strong commitment to becoming a professional body piercer.

We understand piercing isn't for everyone. It requires a strong stomach and unwavering dedication. But if you're ready to take the plunge, this course equips you with the knowledge and skills to succeed.

What sets us apart?

  • Unmatched Expertise: Our curriculum is built on 24 years of piercing experience in a retail setting.
  • Your Instructor: You'll be guided by Cass, a master piercer with over 30,000 piercings performed. Her experience, both in piercing and teaching, is unparalleled.

Course Highlights:

  • Solid Foundation: Gain a comprehensive understanding of body piercings, from health and safety to skin integrity and infection control.
  • Theory & Practice: Learn the essential theory, including legislation, hygiene, sterilization, and then apply your knowledge through hands-on practice with live models.
  • Master Common Piercings: This course covers all the most popular piercings, including ear, oral, nostril, nipple, navel, surface, and dermal.
  • Live Model Experience: Gain invaluable experience working with live models under professional supervision. This prepares you for real-life scenarios and allows you to refine your skills.
  • NZ PIERCESAFE Certified: Upon successful completion, you'll receive a recognized NZ PIERCESAFE certification, a valuable credential for your piercing career.

Ready to take the first step?

This course is open to anyone over 18 with a passion for body art. Enroll today and turn your passion into a thriving career!

  • Booking

    Contact us below to chat about a start date.

  • Location:

    Keen on Piercing Henderson

  • Hours:

    Training days are:
    Monday - Friday from 9:30am - 4:30pm.

  • Assessment:

    Assessments are achieved through practical piercings and comprehension of units

  • Completion:

    A Certificate of Achievement and Statement of Results will be issued upon successful completion of this course.

  • Enrolling

    Just yourself or a team? Keen on Piercings large premise and multi room studios.

Course structure

Every course or module purchased contains each of the following units.

Unit One - Treatment plan

Unit One - Treatment plan

  • Treatment plan
  • Prepare client for service
  • Piercing sites (naval, ear, nose, etc).
  • Contra-indications
  • Age, intoxication, skin conditions and allergies
  • Keloid scars
  • Wound healing
  • Stages of wound healing
  • Healing times
  • Factors that impact on wound healing
  • Jewellery
  • Recording client information
  • Infection control guidelines
  • Sterilisation
  • Body piercing tools
  • Perform body piercing
  • Prepare the client
  • Performing the procedure
  • Skin receptors and stimuli
  • Nerve conduction
  • Types of receptors
  • Provide after care advice
  • Aftercare for specific sites

Unit Two - Piercing Procedure


  • Ear piercing services
  • Prepare client services
  • Prepare service area
  • Equipment
  • Materials and products
  • Preparing yourself
  • Recording client characteristics
  • Where to pierce the ear
  • Final client preparation steps
  • Questioning skills
  • Communication skills
  • Communication barriers
  • Special needs customers
  • Cultural differences
  • Effective listening skills
  • What is communication?
  • Nonverbal communication and body language
  • Communication by phone
  • Expression and choice of words
  • Additional issues (multiple piercings, alcohol and stud selection)
  • Contra-indications
  • Cross infection
  • Microorganisms (bacteria, fungi and viruses)
  • Routes of infection
  • Cleaning and sterilisation
  • Handwashing
  • Risk management
  • Minimising blood to blood contact
  • Cleaning and disinfecting equipment
  • Preparing piercing equipment
  • Perform piercing
  • Adverse effects
  • Disinfecting and cleaning equipment
  • Sterilising
  • Provide after care advice

Unit Three - Infection prevention and control policies and procedures

Topic 1 – Follow standard and additional precautions for infection prevention and control

Topic 1 – Follow standard and additional precautions for infection prevention and control

  • Hand washing hygiene practices
  • Implement hand care procedures
  • Handwashing techniques – soap and water
  • Handwashing techniques – alcohol-based formulation
  • Skin irritations
  • Cuts and abrasions
  • Personal protection equipment (PPE)
  • Respiratory hygiene and coughing/sneezing etiquette
  • Preventing droplet and air borne infection
  • Masks and respirators
  • Environmental cleaning
  • Contact infection
  • Handle, transport and packaging linen
  • Disposing of contaminated waste
  • Health industry waste management
  • Waste management plans
  • Clinical waste, general waste and related waste
  • Waste labelling, disposal techniques and collection
  • Waste types (sharps, pharmaceutical waste etc)
  • Clean and decontaminating equipment
  • Prevent transmission of infection
  • Decontamination processes
  • Additional precautions for preventing transmission of infection

Topic 2: Identify infection hazards and assess risks

  • Identify infection hazards (your own areas and other people)
  • Responsibility for infection prevention and control
  • Document and assess the likelihood and severity of risk
  • The chain of infection
  • Policies and procedures
  • Risk controls
  • Report on activities/tasks that put yourself and others at risk
  • Measures that will minimise or control risks

Topic 3 – Follow procedures for managing risks associated with specific hazards

  • Protocols for care after exposure to body fluids
  • Worker safety
  • Required report documentation
  • Management protocols
  • Appropriate signage
  • Spill management
  • Spill kits
  • Aerosols and splatter
  • Maintain clean and contaminated zones
  • Confine records, materials and medicaments
  • Confine contaminated instruments and equipment
  • After reviewing the modules, pick one, two, or all modules and add them to your cart. From there you can proceed to the checkout.

  • Phone call

    The Course Coordinator - Sophie's number is available for a pre-registration chat on 09 307 9374 where we can establish the best options for your training and find suitable dates.

  • Paying for the Course

    Once you have agreed on a course, we will send an invoice for your deposit and balance payment.
    You will receive:
    A receipt of registration.

    Once the deposit is paid:
    An email-welcome-pack with confirmation of:
    start dates,
    Attendance schedule,
    A link to pre-course reading and,
    An Invoice for the balance of the course to be paid 10 business days before you start.

  • Pastoral care

    Please phone or email the Course Coordinator:
    (course@Keenonpiercing.com) or phone: 09 307 9374 to discuss any questions about course materials, the course, accomodation, transportation, learning needs, parking and any other questions you might have throughout the journey.

    Collapsible content

    Entry requirements

    R18+ is the minimum requirement for our course. You will need to be on your feet all day and be required to actively participate in practical aspects of piercing.

    Work placements

    We highly recommend you find a placement before starting the course. Putting into practice everything you've learned immediately is the best way to keep information fresh.

    Although we hire staff, vacancies with us are few and far between. The average piercer at Keen stays for 5 years before moving on. 1/3 of our workforce have been with us for 7+ years.

    Pharmacy Specific Course

    Lets rule out a few issues before we dive in to the course content.

    1. You can not learn to pierce online.
    2. Piercing guns jam and they're unhygienic. That doesn't mean their is not great alternatives. We used what you still use for 20 years before technology improved. I'd like to show you why we moved to a new cartridge piercing system that we're proud of.
    3. Placement and angles are a big deal. I'd love to show you techniques for dealing especially with the under 10's that will change how you feel about piercing.
    4. Aftercare. We do over 2,500 piercings every week. We've become specialists in tricks of the trade in caring for those knock and bumps and there is where pharmacies have an edge on cross selling.

    Starter Piercing packs


    Not all Instruments are created equal. We've tried and tested lots!
    You will have access to our supply chain for bulk purchasing and in most cases, you will get your orders in days not weeks.


    There are standard piercing suppliers and then there are manufactures on steroids! If you want high quality jewellery at unbelievable prices buy 10,000...or buy from us and be assured we've tried and tested it all. oh and there is a greater chance we're still far cheaper and delivery is from inside New Zealand. We can Just about guarantee that.


    From ultrasonic cleaners to display cabinets and piercing chairs. You'll have access to fantastic pricing.

    Dress Standard

    Appropriate dress standards

    We require you to dress according to the standard of our staff when in our environment.

    - Comfortable closed shoes.
    - No low cut tops.
    - No short dresses/shorts.
    - No baggy long sleeves.
    - Long hair tied back.
    - No ripped jeans.

    Our staff have chosen to only wear black as a type of uniform.


    Piercing Alumni Networks and Connections

    Alumni can gain access to a network of graduates and classmates who can provide valuable support and connections. As such, alumni networks can be a powerful resource if you're looking for career advice and industry insights, or simply want to expand your professional network.

    Professional associations recognize the value of alumni networks and have created online directories and social media groups that allow alumni to connect privately to discuss piercings, procedures & quick fire answers. You can use these networks to search for and connect with others from your alma mater, no matter where you are in the world, and keep up with alumni news.

    Career Resources and Job Opportunities

    You can access many career resources and job opportunities through online networks

    Our alumni association also host online networking events that bring together alumni and employers. These events can help you make connections, get a foot in the door with employers or, become aware of new job openings.

    Alumni Discounts and Perks

    Keen on Piercing offer exclusive discounts and perks to their alumni through online membership portals. These discounts include excellent savings on all your piercing and business needs. You can save on everyday expenses and free up funds for other financial goals by taking advantage of these discounts.

    Financial Support Opportunities

    Wanting open a store? Alumni are an excellent choice.

    The Takeaway

    Remember, your alma mater can be an important resource throughout your professional life. Through alumni networks, you can gain access to exclusive discounts and perks, resources, mentorship opportunities, and financial support programs.
    These resources and opportunities can help you gain new skills and connections, grow your career, and give back to the industry.


    Contact us on:
    09 307 9374