Enrollment Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long is the training?

    The training is a minimum of 400 hours over the course of 6 months as per the Arkansas Department of Health/Tattoo and Body Art Licensing Board. Students have up to 24 months to complete the training.

  • Does APCI offer financial aid?

    APCI offers in-house financing or 30-month payment plans among other avenues that are subject to approval.

  • How much does the training cost?

    The tuition is $8,500, plus a non-refundable $100 application fee. This tuition will cover all costs of your Permanent Cosmetics program.

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    Client Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is permanent makeup?

    It is the micro-implantation of pigment into the skin for aesthetic purposes to enhance, contour, and outline facial features.

  • Is permanent makeup similar to tattooing?

    It has some of the same qualities, yet it is very different. Only specialists in micro-pigmentation can perform this procedure on the face; tattoo artists cannot. APCI uses techniques, tools, and pigments specifically designed for micro-pigmentation procedures, making it safe, and sterile. Permanent makeup clinicians also use effective topical anesthetics that are not used by tattoo artists. APCI uses instruments much more delicate in design that provide natural-looking results.

  • Is permanent makeup a safe procedure?

    At APCI, the procedures are performed under sterile conditions, using only disposable needle cartridges and with digitally controlled implantation devices. Short-term effects may include some redness, swelling, and tenderness. It is uncommon to experience any long-term side effects.

  • How long does the procedure take to complete?

    A licensed artist takes approximately 2.5 hours. We allot an additional 2 hours for student procedures. These times are approximate and could take more or less time depending on the type of procedure and each client.

  • Can I keep my own brow hair?

    Once the best brow shape for you has been decided, any hair within that shape can stay and will only make the work look more natural. Any hair outside the shape can be waxed or tweezed just as you would normally do with your normal brow maintenance.

  • Is there any discomfort associated with the procedure?

    Unlike tattooing or some permanent makeup salons, APCI uses topical anesthetics that are highly effective to be applied to the treated area which significantly reduces discomfort. Typically, patients will report a tickling sensation with little or no discomfort during or after a procedure has been performed.

  • Do I need a cosmetology or esthetics license to enroll?

    No! Permanent Cosmetics is its own license and doesn’t require any other licenses to get started! The requirements that need to be met prior to enrollment is that you are 18+ years of age, have a valid government-issued ID, and have a High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent.

  • How often do you have a new class?

    Due to high demand, we start two new classes each month. Please see our Enrollment tab to view our start dates for the year.

  • What is the class schedule?

    We are super flexible, and allow you to create your own schedule! Half of our program is online and can be done from the comfort of your home. The other part requires hands-on attendance on campus. Part TIme students need to attend a minimum of 18 hours per month on campus and complete 4 online chapters per month until complete. Full-Time students need to attend a minimum of 35 hours per month on campus and complete 8 online chapters per month until complete. We are open Monday through Saturday 8 am to 5 pm and the hands-on hours can be done anytime between those hours.

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    “It’s a human thing.”

    APCI is committed to providing the highest quality permanent cosmetics education in the state of Arkansas through comprehensive, hands-on and online curriculum with no prerequisites required.