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Cosmetology can be a 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. Explore the world of hair cutting, hair coloring, hair styling, skin care, makeup application, hair removal and even nail enhancement techniques!

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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“For me, the choice was easy. It was the vibe and atmosphere. The staff were very helpful, instructors were engaging and motivating.” – Moses H.

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 many areas. As a Redken school, you can take pride in knowing that you are being trained with industry-leading product lines and education.

The Education

Our goal is to help you prepare to sit for the state board exam. Passing this exam means you are a licensed cosmetologist 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 salon services to prepare you for more advanced techniques. Once you transition into Phase 2 of our Cosmetology 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 Cosmetology program covers everything you need to know to take the State Board exam to become licensed along with job placement preparation. In addition to the extensive education we provide in our Cosmetology program, you will also have the opportunity to become certified in Bella Lash eyelash extensions.

Tech-Forward Beauty Education

At AIB, we know that in today’s day and age, part of becoming successful in the beauty industry is understanding and using technology. That’s why we use the Milady CIMA digital learning platform. This platform enhances the in-person classroom experience, offering additional tools and educational content on top of the training you receive from our knowledgeable, licensed educators. Each of our programs includes 24/7 access to the comprehensive, mobile-friendly, easy-to-use, digital platform.

Our Milady CIMA program offers a visual and collaborative experience that promotes the use of technology, efficiency, and the delivery of educational content that supports various learning styles.




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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!

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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 application process. We can’t wait to meet you and help you get started on your future in beauty!

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!

1 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!

2 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.

3 What Schedules Are the Programs Offered In?

Our St. Petersburg campus offers cosmetology programs in both full and part-time day and evening 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 campus offers cosmetology programs in both full and part-time day and evening schedules. 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!

4 what locations provide the cosmo course?

Both AIB campus locations offer the Cosmetology course in Largo and St. Pete.

5 how do you transfer to AIB?

For questions on transferring to American Institute of Beauty from your current beauty school institution, please contact our Admissions team!

Largo Campus: 727-532-2125 | St. Pete Campus: 727-826-0969

6 when do classes start?

Class start dates vary by program. Due to the popularity of our programs, early enrollment is suggested to ensure seat availability!

What Are My Options for Funding My Education?

1 Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Both campus locations in Largo and St. Petersburg offer financial aid.  Your future is worth funding. Don’t be afraid to learn more about what options are available for investing in a career you love.

2 Veterans’ Training

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

3 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!

4 Scholarships

External Scholarships

AIB provides access to many different external scholarships to students who have enrolled in our cosmetology 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 Cosmetology program!

What made me choose American Institute of Beauty was how helpful the staff was. They helped me each step of the process to enroll and made it really easy compared to other schools. I felt supported and I needed that. ~Aidee G. (Student)

My experience has been positive so far. I was nervous about going back to school at an older age but Mr. Chris makes everyone feel welcome. He’s created an environment where I feel comfortable asking questions and for help when I need it. ~Cassidy D. (Student)

I chose AIB because it felt like home. I was greeted by very friendly staff. I know this sounds weird, but the smells that hit me when I walked into the school just took me back to being in salons when I was a kid. It just gave me a very comfortable feeling. It was a very unique experience, and I couldn’t go anywhere else. ~Erica E. (Graduate) 

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!

1 Career Days

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!

2 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.

3 Guest Speakers and Industry Leaders

We bring in guest speakers, such as Redken representatives, to talk about expectations, desired skills, and their experience in the beauty industry. 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 beauty industry professionals!

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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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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*