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Frequently Asked Questions about the International Institute of Permanent Cosmetics
Does IIPC offer Financial Options?
If you have the drive, dedication and passion it takes to become a successful Permanent Cosmetics Technician, IIPC wants to help you reach your goals. We offer options for financing. For information about financing options and programs, and to see if you qualify, please contact IIPC at 1.800.282.0557.
How far in advance must the tuition be paid?
Per terms regarding refunds and rescheduling, full payment should be made 4 weeks before the start date of the course in question. There is flexibility regarding receipt of payment, but resorting to this limits the amount of refund available. Please contact IIPC at 1.800.282.0557 for more information, or read our terms.
Do you offer any housing for out of town students or any hotel deals?
Yes! IIPC provides several hotel and Air B and B options that are close to each affiliate school.
Does IIPC offer any courses in SPANISH?
At some locations we offer Spanish, Russian, Arabic and Vietnamese classes. Please ask about availability!
Will the courses and certifications given by IIPC be valid where I live?
Yes, in most cases, your Comprehensive Introductory Course certificate from IIPC will be valid where you live. However, validation and requirements do vary from state to state. At the time of your enrollment, we suggest you contact your county/city Health Department to see if there are any regulations that would prohibit your certification from being valid. Since IIPC works to exceed the standards and statutes set forth by different states, your certification is likely validated with no problems. If you are already a practicing PMU technician, IIPC Advanced Courses should be accepted by every state.
The Permanent Cosmetics industry is usually regulated either by the State Board of Cosmetology or the State Board of Health. For answers to any immediate questions about your state’s regulations, we recommend contacting these organizations.
Is a certificate or license needed in order to start practicing permanent cosmetics?
These regulations vary from state to state and change periodically. A quick phone call or internet search with your states governing body will tell you exactly what the process is.
Do you get any type of certificate when you have completed IIPC courses?
After completion of IIPC’s Comprehensive Introductory Training Course, students receive a beautiful “Certificate of Completion” for 135 hours of study. After completing any other course IIPC offers, students receive a “Certificate of Completion” for 9+ hours of study detailing whatever specific course was fulfilled.
How can I order the Pigment Stimulation Video mentioned at the end of the Skin Needling™ DVD?
We are still filming patients for this DVD. As we need to include results from months after the procedure, it will be a while until this DVD is available. Upon its completion, IIPC will notify the public through various means of communication.
Is IIPC taking applications for models?
If you are interested in obtaining information regarding procedures performed by IIPC students, please fill out the ‘Model Form’ to find out if you are a candidate.
Am I required to be a licensed cosmetologist or nurse to attend your beginner course, or is it OK to have no experience?
Students need to be in the beauty, medical or dental field and hold a license in their area prior to beginning instruction. Actual license policy varies from state to state.
In most states, either the State Board of Cosmetology or the State Board of Health regulates the Permanent Cosmetics industry. For answers to any immediate questions on your qualifications, we recommend contacting these organizations.
What are the course hours?
For IIPC’s Comprehensive Introductory Training Course, expect to be in class for about 9+ hours per day. Class starts at 8:00am and will conclude at approximately 5+pm. Two ten-minute breaks and an hour-long lunch is will be provided each day. Please expect to have between 3 and 4 hours of homework each night. When the course is completed, students will receive a certificate of completion for 135 hours of course credit.
IIPC’s Advanced Classes begin at 9:30am, include two ten-minute breaks and an hour-long lunch, and will conclude at approximately 5pm. When the class is completed, students will receive a certificate of completion for 9 hours of course credit.
How many in-class hours vs. outside hours of study?
The Comprehensive Introductory Course is 5 days in length, and requires 80+ hours of at home study that is to be completed before any hands-on education at IIPC will be carried out. That leaves approximately 60 hours at IIPC. Included in hours is education on theory, workshop, study time, practice, drawing, question-and-answer time and one-on-one instruction.
Can permanent make-up be done in a salon without a doctor overseeing the procedure?
Yes. At this time, there are a few states that requires a medical supervisor to be present during a permanent makeup procedure. However, rules and regulations are constantly changing. In most states, either the State Board of Cosmetology or the State Board of Health regulates the Permanent Cosmetics industry. For immediate information on updates or changes, we recommend contacting these organizations.
Is there any hands-on training with live models? Are students responsible for providing the models?
IIPC’s Comprehensive Introductory Course does include hands-on training with live models.
For all specialty classes: Students are required to provide their own model(s) for eyeliner, eyebrow and lipliner procedure applications. One model may choose to have all three procedures; a different models for each procedure is also acceptable. Models should be prepared to come into the clinic on the 3rd, 4th or 5th day of the Introductory Course. They will be “on call” as we cannot guarantee specific timing. We will do our best to have models in and out of the clinic in a timely manner. Models can expect to be in the clinic for approximately 2+ hours per procedure. We will try to accommodate any time preferences on a first come, first serve basis. It is not our policy to find models for any of our students. For out-of-state students, or those visiting from other countries, IIPC will work to provide models for you to work on. IIPC cannot be held responsible for any models that do not show up for their appointments. **All lip procedures models must be on Valtrex or Zovirax at least 3+ days prior to their procedure to protect from any cold sore or herpes outbreak pre, or post-procedure. Models are required to consult with their health care professional before taking any of these medications.**
Are there any job placement opportunities offered by IIPC after course completion?
There are many salons, physicians and spas that contact IIPC to request our graduated students for placement in their facilities. We also receive frequent inquiries from the general public, asking for referrals for PMU or other beauty treatments from IIPC graduates in their area. We at IIPC are proud and confident in recommending our graduates to those that call for referrals.
I have already taken courses in permanent cosmetics, but I am not fully comfortable with all of the procedures. Would any of IIPC’s courses benefit me?
Of course! IIPC teaches students of all skill and knowledge levels. From first time students just stepping into the industry to longtime permanent cosmetics practitioners, we have classes for everyone. In fact, many students have come to IIPC to take our Introductory Training Course after having previously attended other permanent cosmetics schools. In addition, students attending our Advanced Classes often realize they need more in-depth knowledge of the basics, and end up enrolling in our Introductory Training Course as well. We pride ourselves on teaching one of the most complete and thorough curricula offered in permanent cosmetics education, and are confident that we offer something to add to your training regardless of your skill or knowledge level.