What is a permanent makeup apprentice?
An apprentice is defined and a trainee or student who is being trained by another to learn a skill or trade. Our school does not reserve apprenticeship relationships for just the traditional classroom or clinic, we are providing a virtual apprenticeship with our permanent makeup certification programs. An apprentice needs guidance, support and mentorship during their training.
How does virtual apprenticeship work?
To explain how our virtual apprenticeship works, we need to explain a little about or programs. We do not just have a bunch of demonstration videos with some narration and call it “training”. That is a demonstration and not a class. We have individual lessons, a textbook, workbook, reading assignments, tests and quizzes, projects, art assignments, class art share and yes, we have videos too. Photos of art assignments need to be uploaded for the instructor to view. Student Art Share is where certain art assignments are uploaded to share with other classmates in that program. Students share and comment in Student Art Share. Student Chat is a messaging system we created so that students can communicate with instructors. Some of the program is self-paced online but we have to have a human component when teaching artistic skills in order to provide guidance when needed. Students don’t sign up and a website does the rest. We do monitor progress and give feedback.
Once students’ get into their practice skin work, there is more interaction and guidance than in the first part of their program. The first few units are a lot of theory like anatomy of the skin, history of permanent makeup, color theory and the science of permanent makeup. Learning about pigments, Fitzpatrick skin typing ect. doesn’t require much instructor feedback. The quizzes let the student know if they passed or if they need to review the content again. They can retake the quizzes until they pass. They must pass in order to open up the next lesson. When students get to start working on art projects like practice skins and design assignments, instructors do review their work, critique it and provide suggestions.
Our virtual apprenticeship is rather innovative and rare in online education for permanent makeup and microblading. There are thousands of “how to videos” on permanent makeup for free on YouTube and that is not what we are offering here. We designed a more sophisticated virtual classroom environment that is modeled after actual accredited university platforms and provides the extra support that mimics a hands-on experience.