It is a question I hear at least once a day, usually multiple times a day: “How do I get certified to do microblading?” To answer this question, it is really important to understand everything involved.
Microblading has rapidly become recognized as the top paying profession in the spa and salon industry. Successful
Microblading is a natural progression for estheticians, stylists or cosmetologists. It is also an excellent alternative to pursuing a career requiring a traditional college degree or great way to make a career change at any stage of your life.
Although some investment, training, time and dedication is required to become successful, you can begin enjoying a brand new career in microblading after just a few months.
The key is getting the right start. Like anything else in life, the choices you make at the start of this journey will greatly affect the outcome. It is very important to shop around. Do your homework before investing your time and money.
There are a number of organizations that offer training, and you need to choose the one that is right for you. So how do you make the best choice? Here are the seven factors you should consider.
#1 Proof of Success
Reputable training programs can show proof of success. The whole point of training is to learn a skill to a professional standard and then be able to earn a living with this skill. As you consider different training programs, look for:
- Are there student testimonials? Do previous students say that they are satisfied?
- Does the organization show you before and after photos of their students’ work?
- Success Stories
- Besides testimonials from those who completed a course, is there any information about those who actually went on to serve paying clients?
You need to be certain that you are not just paying for an interesting, fun weekend. You need evidence that other trainees have gone on to successful careers.
#2 Understand the Program
Be sure you understand the price, and more importantly, what you are getting for that price. It is one thing to be introduced to how the procedure works. It is quite another to become an expert, confident enough to offer services on your own.
Ask for a comprehensive list of all of the topics that the training will cover. You should learn about:
- Consent and liability forms and documents
- Client consultations
- A range of microblading techniques
- Health and safety
- Treatment room preparation
- Microblading equipment
- Skin tones and undertones
- Color theory
- Color correction
- Saline removal techniques
- Soft shading/ombre
- Design for ethnicity, trends and client features
- Correct imperfections
- Infection prevention
Additionally, find out if you will be given the tools you need or if you need to purchase those separately.
Remember the old saying, “you get what you pay for!” This very true for microblading training. You need lots of guidance and instruction about every aspect of the service, from advising clients before services, to actually creating beautiful brows, to post-care options.
Some companies offer online training only, while others offer extensive live training. While online training is a good introduction, eventually you need the hands-on guidance of a qualified instructor.
#3 Live Demo
Theory, discussion, and workbooks are all great, but if no live demo is included in your training, this is a big red flag. An important part of any learning is visual. You should not be expected to imagine how a procedure happens. Ask if the instructor will actually show you a procedure, from start to finish.
#4 Hands on Practice
Ultimately, the only way to really be sure that you have learned what you need is to practice on an actual live model, with the supervision of your instructor. Make sure that the program you select includes this type of practice. Be sure that you understand to cost of providing the models, if that is going to be your responsibility.
Once you finish your training, you will need to keep practicing, but building this confidence right from the start will make a huge difference. And, you’ll get some “before and after” pics to start your portfolio!
#5 Lifetime Support
Of course, you should learn a lot in your initial training and certification program. But it simply isn’t possible to anticipate every question that will come up as you work with clients and grow your career.
It is essential to have support, preferably from the organization that knows how you were trained. Perfecting your skills and growing your career is not a one-time event, it is a process that happens over time. You need dependable support. Look for an organization that not only gives you a few days of instruction, but, is willing to support you over the lifetime of your career.
#6 Satisfaction Guarantee
If a training program is good, the organization should be willing to back up their work with a satisfaction guarantee. In the end, the best training in the world is worthless if you don’t end up feeling confident in what you have learned.
With a reputable program, most trainees are ready to move forward after the last day of training. However, if for any reason you aren’t, you should be able to repeat the course at no additional charge.
If you are serious about pursuing a career as a microblading professional, keep in mind that your clients will want to know that you’re qualified. Besides building a portfolio, one of the best ways to reassure them is to be able to show that you are certified by a reputable organization.
Some clients will want to be able to find the organization online and learn about its methods and reputation. They want to know that you are qualified to perform the work to a high standard. After all, you will be changing their appearance in a semi-permanent way.
Also, find out how long the certification is valid. You don’t want to invest in training and work hard to build your reputation, only to learn that a year later, you must make another hefty investment to re-certify. An established training organization that gives you the ongoing support you need won’t require you to train again to maintain your certification.
Make Your Choice
Once you investigate these seven factors, you can easily narrow down your choices. Don’t be afraid to call the organizations you are considering and ask further questions. Remember, this is the foundation of your future career and you want to get it right!
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