American Institute of Beauty (AIB) has been training Barber professionals in our community for nearly twenty years. At AIB, you can feel empowered to take your future and career into your own hands. A career as a master barber can give you the opportunity to change your life in ways you’ve always dreamed of.
As creatives, we understand that learning doesn’t happen strictly from a textbook. It takes highly skilled educators with a passion for their craft, hands-on training in a professional environment, and experiences with real clients. Feel confident knowing that once you graduate AIB’s Barber program, you will be trained the skills and techniques needed for a successful new career in barbering, whether you’re inspired to work at an established barbershop or open one of your own!
The Barber Program is only offered at our St. Petersburg Campus
“This is not a facility, nor just a school. It’s a family that I feel honored to belong too. I had no knowledge of clippers or barbering before starting. Everyone from administration to all the instructors made me feel welcome and relevant. I recommend this school in all aspects.” -Edwin O. (Graduate)
Barbering is much more than quick cuts and shaving. It’s about an experience. To become a master barber you will learn more than the average barber student. We know that in order to prepare for a career as a barber, you’ll need to train in many skills of the trade to enter a very competitive industry. Luckily, the curriculum at AIB isn’t hyper-focused on one area of barbering, which is extremely beneficial for you. Our training includes everything from the fundamentals of clipper cutting, facial grooming, color and texture services, to skincare and even business and marketing classes. Upon completion of our Barber program, you could have the ability to service any client that comes your way!
Our goal is to help you prepare to sit for the state board exam. Passing this exam means you are a licensed Barber in the state of Florida. To do this, we break up your educational experience into three phases that each build on each other. You can see more details about what you will learn in each phase in the sidebar above. The first phase teaches you the foundational principles and theory behind hair care and other barber services to prepare you for more advanced techniques. Once you transition into Phase 2 of our Barbering program, you’ll dive deeper into the techniques you learned in Phase 1 with guidance from your educators. This will give you the opportunity to master your skills in our school salon while completing services on actual guests! Phase 3 of our Barber program covers everything you need to know to take the State Board exam to become licensed along with job placement preparation.
Barber school is a big step in starting your journey to becoming a licensed professional. Picking the right school can help you set your future career up for success and ignite your passion even more!
See how we can help you pursue what you love, learn the skills necessary, and live your future career as a licensed beauty professional. Reaching your full potential is right around the corner- we want you to Love it, Learn it, and Live it!
We’re all about diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility. AIB is more than just a beauty school; we offer a real and authentic educational experience.
Great question. There’s not one definite answer. What do you love to do? Do you dream of owning a business? What about working with local talent? Here are potential career outcomes after licensure:
Have you decided American Institute of Beauty may be the right school for you? Contact our admissions team by giving us a call or filling out the form. From there, we’ll reach out to you to schedule your personal tour, so you can get an inside look of our school and start the enrollment process. We can’t wait to meet you and help you get started on your future in barbering!
When you’re looking to enroll in a barbering program, there are a few questions you’ll want answered right away. We’re here to address the most commonly asked questions about starting barber school so you can get the info you need to make a decision that changes your life. You want to do this, and we want to help!
The barber program in St. Petersburg is 1200 clock hours. During those hours you can learn both the hands-on and theoretical elements of the trade that can make you a well-educated pro.
Dedicated full-time students can complete the program in as little as nine months*. That means you could be on your way toward a career in less than a year!
*Based on a full-time schedule.
You can take our barber program in one of three different options: full-time day, part-time day , and part-time evening .
If you have time to dedicate to your education as a full-time commitment, we offer a full-time program.
If you need to work during the day or have other obligations, we have a part-time night program.
If you need to work school into your schedule in another way, we have a part-time day program, too. We believe that your education should fit seamlessly into your life.
The Barber program is only offered at our St. Petersburg campus location.
For questions on transferring to American Institute of Beauty from your current barber school institution, please contact our Admissions team!
St. Pete Campus: 727-826-0969
Class start dates vary by program. Due to the popularity of our programs, early enrollment is suggested to ensure seat availability!
American Institute of Beauty is approved for veterans’ training by the Veterans Administration. We accept many different types of VA benefits, including your POST-9/11 GI Bill®, at our campuses. You’ve dedicated your life to making the lives of others better, and you can continue that lifestyle with a career in beauty! Contact us to learn more about using veterans benefits at AIB.
Dependents and spouses of veterans may also be eligible. GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
Florida Prepaid is a great way to fund your education, and it’s not limited to traditional colleges. If your parents have put money away for you to invest in yourself, you can use it to help fund your beauty education at AIB! www.myfloridaprepaid.com/
AIB provides access to many different external scholarships to students who have enrolled in our barbering program. Each external scholarship has its own requirements and availability throughout the year. The criteria for each external scholarship is unique. For more information visit: Beauty Changes Lives | Scholarships
See what students and graduates have to say about their experiences in our Barber program!
We like to go above and beyond in providing for our students. That’s why we offer a few extras at AIB!
Twice a year, AIB hosts industry-leading employers in our communities from all aspects of the beauty industry to come in and connect with our students on career days. You can meet potential employers, do mock interviews, and you might even land a job before you graduate!
We offer lifetime career placement assistance. You can come back any time after you graduate and we’ll help you find opportunities. We can also help you mock interview and fine-tune your resume.
We bring in guest speakers to talk about expectations, desired skills, and share their experience in the beauty industry. We also bring in industry leaders to demonstrate what is trending and hot in the beauty industry. You can have the chance to meet and interact with beauty industry professionals!
Ready to get started on a career you love? Contact us to learn more about enrolling in one of our year-round programs! Your future can’t wait.
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