Frequently Asked Questions about the International Institute of Permanent Cosmetics

Does IIPC offer options for Financial Assistance?

Yes. 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 financial assistance to help those students who need it. For information about IIPC's Financial Assistance 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 hotel accommodations through promotions with the Ramada Inn. If no promotions are running at the time, a discount rate is offered for IIPC students. Ramada Inn makes a shuttle service is available from the Orange County Airport (SNA) to the hotel between 8:00am and 9:30pm. Ramada also provides a shuttle to and from IIPC's classes.

Does IIPC offer any courses in Spanish?

At this time, IIPC does not offer courses in Spanish. However, we are currently developing a Spanish-language course and hope to have it up and running in a few months. Updates will be posted to the website as they come.

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, IIPC will contact your home state 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. All IIPC Advanced Courses are accepted by every state without question.

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. Upon enrolling at IIPC, we will contact the organization that regulates Permanent Cosmetics in your home state to find out specific requirements and details.

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 contact IIPC by calling 800.282.0577 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. Upon you enrollment, we will contact the organization that regulates Permanent Cosmetics in your home state to find out specific requirements and details.

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 11 hours per day. Class starts at 8:00am and will conclude at approximately 8pm. 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 6 days in length, and requires 70 hours of at home study that is to be completed before any hands-on education at IIPC will be carried out. That leaves 65 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?

At this time, Florida is the only state that requires a medical supervisor to be present during a permanent makeup procedure. However, rules and regulations are constantly changed and updated. 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 another country, 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 models volunteering for lip procedures must be on Valtrex, Famvir or Zovirax at least 3+ days prior to their procedure to protect from any cold sore or herpes outbreak pre-, mid- or post-procedure. Models are required to consult a physician 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 to 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.