About The British School of Body Piercing
It all started when…
The British School of Body Piercing started with a seed of an idea back in 1999. Our founder, Keith Fakenbridge; already working in the industry, realised there was a real need for professional body piercing training and set about formulating a way to take out the guesswork and ad hoc nature of many body piercing techniques. He understood that a lengthy apprenticeship under an experienced piercer was most probably the best groundwork for becoming an expert, but since good piercers are few and far between this was an unreliable guarantee of professionalism and expertise. Additionally, securing an apprenticeship is virtually an impossible task. The ideal way to develop the piercing industry into a respectable one was to provide professional training to potential piercers to ensure that their methods and knowledge were of the highest possible quality.
Keith envisaged a course not unlike an intensive driving course, whereby sufficient hours were covered over just a few days to provide the best foundational training possible which can then be accentuated and developed with experience and ongoing support from the school and its associates.
Keith developed a course in which the fundamentals of body piercing, including all aspects of both the biological and technical elements can be covered over a six day period, with 40 hours of teaching; the equivalent of one hour a week for a full academic year. This is more in terms of hours than a 15 credit university course and relies on a focused approach to covering the material as well as an ability to offer personalised training to individuals by keeping class sizes small. There is also a marked assessment at the end of the course covering both practical and theoretical elements, upon the basis of which the diploma is awarded.
On completion of the course, students are confident and knowledgable in the art and the science of body piercing. The diploma awarded at the end of the course is recognised by legal advisors, insurers and suppliers in the industry. It is our hope that the BSBP standards will continue to influence lawmakers in the journey towards proper and efficient regulation of piercers in the UK.
In 2018, Keith finally retired from the piercing industry after training over 1000 piercers from all over the world. The school in now in the capable hand of Sarah Conway-Clark, who will continuing the running of the school. Sarah is a qualified teacher with 10 years experience of teaching both high school and university students as well as a body piercer trained by Keith. Sarah has built a reputation as the best body piercer in her locality and has completed further training in genital piercing alongside developing advanced techniques for promoting good healing and aftercare of piercings and for ensuring perfect placement and customer care.
A Note about Professional Associations:
The British Body Piercing Association (BBPA) has been renamed the British Association of Body Piercers since we train piercers all over the world.
Other UK professional associations do exist and some may be rather more well known, however it is vital to note that ONLY the BABP adhere to UK laws and regulations where others use guidelines designed for regulation of piercers in the USA, who are governed by different legislation. The very fact that such associations do not acknowledge the differences in legislation between the two countries highlights the desperate need for expertise in the industry, especially in light of the recent conviction and imprisonment of a body piercer for contravention of laws that they did not know existed.
Piercing legislation is country specific and is complex. In the UK, it requires skill and understanding to interpret the ways in which existing legal and medical practices are applied to piercers. This is what the industry and other professional associations fail to acknowledge and what the BSBP and BABP are working to rectify. We are the only professional association to do this work and hope to work closely with trade unions, politicians and the health service to raise awareness and understanding of what constitutes safe and legal practice in the UK.