State of Oregon Requirements To Be a Tattoo Artist

The State of Oregon requires that every person that would like to become a licensed tattoo artist must be 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED equivalent, a CPR certification, a blood-borne pathogen certification, and complete a tattoo artist licensing program at a tattoo school that is approved by the higher education coordinating commission.


The tattoo artist licensing program must consist of "at least" the following:

  • minimum of 210 Theory hours

  • 150 Practical hours consisting of a minimum of 50 completed tattoo procedures


How our program differs from what the state of Oregon requires

Point of View Tattoo School teaches every student all of the required Theory and Practical hours. While these minimums are great, we prefer to provide much more than the minimum requirements of the state Oregon.  We are very proud to say that our program not only exceeds the requirements of the state, but we more than double them.  This means that our students have the potential to acquire up to 840 hours compared to the 360 state required hours. doing this allows us to delve into subject matter more in-depth than with the traditional theory hours. We also love knowing we give our students a no rush environment so that they may focus on quality and not quantity.

Part time vs Full time

We have multiple options, allowing for the best flexibility that meets each and every persons needs. There is a full time option and a part time option.  


The Full time option offers a program length of 6 months, while the part time option is a year. Both options are split into halves. The first half of the program is the accumulation of all theory hours required, this gives every student the opportunity to build some of the great habits that are needed for the tattoo industry. The second half consists of the practical application of tattoo procedures that are mandated by the state of Oregon. Each half consists of more than 400 hours. This allows all students to acquire more education which in turn secures a higher sense of confidence and understanding of what it entails to be in the tattoo industry. The extra time can be utilized in a multitude of aspects regarding the tattoo industry, for example; a student can use it to create a more comprehensive portfolio before venturing out into the industry or even dive into the different facets of tattooing like cosmetic and medical tattooing. Although this is not mandatory, this can be a tremendous advantage when beginning your career. 


The full time option is 5 days a week. Monday thru Thursday from 11 am to 7 pm and Friday from 4 pm to 9 pm. The part time option is 2-3 days a week same hours, however these days are of your choosing.   


Theory Hours

For the theory portion of the training, there will be many tools, resources, and materials available to utilize. We apply many different teaching styles so that we can relate to many different learning styles. The tattoo industry is ever evolving, so we supply everything needed during the program to ensure that every student gets to investigate the different technologies available. Theory training will consist of a minimum of 210 hours worth of training in the following categories:

  • Needles and Needles Bars

  • Tattoo Machines

  • Safety and Infection control 

  • Equipment/Supplies 

  • Color Theory/Pigments

  • Design, Art & Placement 

  • Skin & Disorders of the skin 

  • Business Operations 

  • State Laws and Rules 

  • Client Services 

  • Discretionary Hours 

  • Total Theory 

Practical Hours

​Practical training consists of a minimum of 150 hours of hands-on experience provided with staff guidance and overview. Each artist will attain at least 50 completed tattoo procedures as well as guidance in the tattoo process from talking to potential clients out in the world, customer service, working with a client on their designs, setting up appointments, setting up a work station properly, proper hand washing techniques, executing a tattoo with confidence, proper breakdown of the workstation, cleaning up of area, giving proper and informed aftercare of the tattoo, and everything in between. 


This training will allow the artist to graduate with the necessary credentials to become a state-licensed tattoo practitioner, upon successful completion of the State Board Exam. Completion of these disciplines will provide the student with an in-depth understanding of the tattoo industry as well as the state of Oregon laws, rules and regulations.


Point of View Tattoo School believes in providing an opportunity and environment that reflects the art form of tattooing in its traditions, as well as appreciates the paths it is opening for new artists. We want to take the format of our traditional apprenticeships and combine it with the modern curriculum in correspondence with Oregon state laws, rules, and regulations.