The AAM affirms that Permanent Cosmetics/ Cosmetic Tattooing/
Micropigmentation is a separate specialty within the field of
tattooing. It involves the placement of colorants into the skin for
the purpose of cosmetic enhancement, medical correction and/or
aesthetic restoration. Therefore, there is specialized training with
unique standards required in order to perform this service.
Micropigmentation: The procedure in which minute, metabolically
inert pigment granules are placed mechanically or manually below the
epidermis for the purpose of cosmetic and/or corrective enhancement.
The Academy believes that micropigmentation is
an autonomous profession and further that no single specialty board,
such as Nursing, Cosmetology or Medicine should regulate and control
micropigmentation in any given State. In order to be autonomous
or self-governing, each practitioner should be certified by the
Academy, licensed as required by the State or local agency or Health
Department, and regulated separately by the practitioner's professional
association: for example nurses would answer to the State Board
of Nursing, cosmetologists to the State Board of Cosmetology, physicians
to the State Board of Medical Examiners, and so forth. All practitioners
would be under the auspices of the Health Department and/or Attorney
General's Office of each state. This format would eliminate conflicts
of economic interests and provide the best opportunity for public
Certification by the Academy is a voluntary
choice on the part of the candidate. However, a number of States and
Counties have recognized and/or adopted the American Academy of
Micropigmentation as its certifying body. Legislation for
similar pre-requisites are pending in many other states at this
time. The candidate for Board Certification wishes to demonstrate
competency to clients, peers and other professionals in the industry.
By continuing one's education, client safety and benefits will be
enhanced. By passing the certification exam the candidate may wish
to join the Academy and be an integral part of the direction of
the Academy in the field of micropigmentation. From the standpoint
of the Academy, board certification, with few exceptions, will represent
proof of competency and demonstration of micropigmentation skills.
No other organization has had similar written examinations although
attempts are being made to copy the Academy. However, for over eight
years, the American Academy of Micropigmentation is the only recognized
non-profit association that tests candidates written, practical,
and oral knowledge.