- Las Vegas US-NV
A cosmetic tattoo artist, Teryn Darling operates her own studio, Girlz Ink. She draws on nearly 15 years of experience as she trains others in her art. Teryn Darling holds licensed esthetician status and a CPCP credential from the Society for Permanent Cosmetic Professionals, scoring 99 out of 100 on the CPCP exam. The CPCP (Certified Permanent Cosmetic Professional) credential came about as a result of demands for an examination-based credential to establish competency in the area of permanent cosmetics or tattooing. The need arose in part from a widespread perception that other credentials such as teaching certificates lacked rigor in their requirements. In order to take the exam, candidates must undergo 100 hours of training, 20 of which may consist of reviewing the SPCP textbook, “Permanent Cosmetics—The Foundation of Fundamental Applications.” Candidates also must take a four-hour course on blood-borne pathogens specific to the cosmetic industry. The actual examination, a voluntary certification required for all SPCP trainers, consists of 100 multiple choice questions over 90 minutes. Candidates must answer 81 of the questions correctly to pass the test.