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Love Your Career!

Cosmetology can be a bright, fun, and amazing career! At American Institute of Beauty (AIB), we strive to teach students what they need to know; not only to sit for the state board exam, but to build a future they’re proud of. If you’ve longed for a career that allows you to be creative, interact with others, and be in charge of your life and work schedule, this career might be perfect for you!

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Cosmetology School FAQs

When you’re looking to enroll in a cosmetology program, there are a few questions you’ll want answered right away. We’re here to address the most commonly asked questions about starting beauty 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!


How Long is the Cosmetology Program?

Our cosmetology programs in both Largo and St. Petersburg are 1,200 clock hours. All the time you need to learn the practical and theoretical skills that can make beauty your business!


How Long Will It Take to Complete the Program?

You can complete our cosmetology programs at either campus in as little as nine months!* You could be on your way to a brand new career in less than a year.

*Based on a full-time schedule.


What Schedules Are the Programs Offered In?

Our St. Petersburg campus offers cosmetology programs in both full and part-time day schedules. We know that our students have other obligations in their life, like family and their current jobs. That’s why we offer schedules that work with you!

Our Largo program offers a full-time and part-time day program as well as a part-time evening program. If you have day-time obligations and want to work after traditional work hours, our evening program might be the perfect match for your ambition!

What Are My Options for Funding My Education?


Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in Largo and St. Petersburg to our cosmetology students who qualify. Your future is worth funding. Don’t be afraid to learn more about what options are available for investing in a career you love.


Veterans’ Training

AIB 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

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!




High School Scholarship
This scholarship is available to recent high school grads who qualify! To learn more about this scholarship, contact our admissions department!

Program-Specific Scholarships
AIB provides access to many different scholarships to students who have enrolled in our cosmetology program. To become eligible for these scholarships, you must be an AIB student and meet the criteria. Contact us to learn more!

What Can I Learn in AIB’s Cosmetology Program?

At AIB, you’ll learn more than just hair. We know that to prepare for a career you LOVE and are successful at, you’ll need training that exposes you to a variety of skills in a variety of areas. As a Redken school, we offer several certifications as a part of our education. Our curriculum covers:

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  • Redken hair coloring
  • Redken hair cuts
  • Redken product knowledge and usage
  • Advance techniques in trends like ombre, highlights, lowlights, and color correction
  • Clipper cuts
  • Hairstyling including updos and wedding styling

Our program also covers the art of makeup application and eyelash extensions. We utilize the professional makeup line Crown Pro and Bella Lash eyelash extensions as a part of our education.

  • Special effects makeup
  • Bridal makeup
  • Everyday makeup
  • HD airbrush makeup
  • Avant-garde makeup
  • Camouflage makeup
  • Bella Lash eyelash extensions

Additional instruction includes:

  • Nail care
  • Waxing
  • Facials
  • Skincare

Being a beauty professional doesn’t only require the knowledge and use of advanced techniques and skills. You need to know how to make beauty your business! You can learn the business side of being a stylist. We cover:

  • Marketing and social media
  • Business planning
  • How to run a salon
  • How to run a successful business
  • And more!

What Does a Future in Cosmetology Look Like?

Wondering what careers are waiting for licensed cosmetologists? The world of beauty is vast! There are so many opportunities available! Here are a few potential careers you could pursue after licensure!

Stylists working in a salon.

  • Salon or spa owner
  • High-end salon stylist
  • Platform artist
  • Hair Colorist
  • Freelance makeup artist
  • Hair and makeup for theatre
  • Salon stylist
  • Cruise ship stylist
  • Eyelash extension specialist
  • Makeup artist
  • Educator

A Redken School

The Extras at AIB

We like to go above and beyond in providing for our students. That’s why we offer a few extras at AIB!


Career Days

Employers in our communities from all aspects of the industry come in and mingle with our students on career days. You can meet potential employers, do mock interviews, and you might even land a job before you graduate!


Career Assistance

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.


Guest Speakers and Industry Leaders

We bring in guest speakers from various salons to talk about expectations, desired skills, and their experience. We also bring in industry leaders to demonstrate what is trending and is hot in the beauty industry. You can have the chance to meet and interact with industry professionals!

Enroll at AIB!

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. Call us today!

Are you interested in a career in cosmetology? Get in touch with American Institute of Beauty to learn more!
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Largo Campus
3665 East Bay Drive, Suite 164
Largo, Florida 33771

Campus Hours
Monday-Friday: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
*Appointments Recommended*

St. Petersburg Campus
2800 34th St. North
St. Petersburg, Florida 33713

Campus Hours
Monday-Friday: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Sunday: Closed
*Appointments Recommended*