How to get State Certified As An Airbrush Tanning Technician

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There are a few places on the Internet that write about how to get state certified as an Airbrush Tanning Technician.  The truth is, as of January 1, 2013, there is no state recognized program or test that you need to take.   I’ve tried to write to those websites a few times with no response cause I feel that they might confuse people about that.  Not even beauty school offer a testing program on Airbrush Tanning.  Now of course this can change anytime so I would always recommend for you to check with your own states State Board of Cosmetology, The FDA and also the Health Department to make sure that there are no new regulations. There are however state certification requirements for indoor tanning but this is meant for salons with tanning beds.

As of today, in most states there are no tests or state regulated programs for Airbrush Tanning Technicians.  The only state where you need to be licensed is Oregon.  Oregon requires that you need to be a licensed esthetician in order to do Airbrush Tanning but in all other states you don’t.  The Oregon Health Licensing Agency is also working on getting this field regulated.

Now there are FDA recommendations in Airbrush Tanning but I also wanted to clarify that the FDA does not necessarily approve of the Airbrush Tanning booth or Airbrush Tanning with a spray gun.  They have however approved of the ingredient DHA to be used for cosmetic purposes and for external body parts. This is why Sun Tanning Lotions are allowed because they all have the DHA in them.   It will be interesting to see how this will change over the years.  Personally I feel that the Health Department should probably oversee the health and safety of consumers and technicians so I am looking forward to observe how this will change over the years.


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Simone is the founder and trainer of the Hollywood Airbrush Tanning Academy. She is also a spray tanning business owner and has her own professional airbrush tanning location in Studio City, California. Studio City is located in Los Angeles and very close to Universal Studios. Simone's loves to help others have a successful spray tanning business and this is why she teaches every week. She also continuously enjoys keeping in contact with all students and hopes that one day, they will become trainers within their city/state. Prior to starting her own airbrush tanning business, Simone worked for over 18 years in Human Resources. She held Human Resources Director positions in several companies and was responsible for Training more then 800 employees. She feels that this background has prepared her to teach and give back to others.

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