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Choosing a career path isn’t always easy and that’s why we’re here to help. American Institute of Beauty (AIB) is one of Florida’s premier beauty, barber, and massage schools, and by choosing us, you could be our next SUCCESS story!

In each of our programs, AIB educators have professional training, skills and REAL-WORLD industry experience to share with each student to help them learn the techniques necessary to achieve a fun and rewarding career! From the theoretical concepts learned in the classroom, to the hands-on experience with guests in our student salon or spa, you can gain the experience necessary to graduate and get your career started. It’s time to FOCUS on YOU!

It’s your time to shine and showcase your talents, after all we are located in the SUNSHINE STATE! The area that has it all, white sandy beaches, warm sunny weather, and a fun night life, all in close proximity to AIB in the Tampa Bay area.

I learned so much! The educators here are amazing and have so much to offer to each student individually and as a whole. Each educator has their own unique style of teaching. I have gained so much because of this, as a student and a person. Anyone looking for an amazing school to start a new career path you want to be at American Institute of Beauty. -Melissa S. (Graduate)

What Can I Learn in AIB’s Programs?

At AIB, you’ll learn more than just theoretical concepts. We know that to prepare for a career you LOVE and can be successful at, you’ll need training that exposes you to a variety of skills in many areas.

It’s all an adventure and it begins right here! Our education programs are filled with hands-on practice and creating on top of having fun. We know practice won’t make you perfect, but it sure can make you better! Knowledge is power and we ensure you know the theory behind what you’re learning along with hands-on experience in our student salon and spa. We encourage our future professionals to be passionate about what they do every single day! Love what you do!

Go ahead and complete the form or give us a call to see how you could be a part of our AIB SUCCESS story!

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What Does a Future in
the Beauty, Barber, and Massage Industry Look Like?

Wondering what careers are waiting for beauty, barber, health and wellness professionals? 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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start the enrollment process

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 as a beauty, barber, or massage therapy professional!

Beauty, Barber, and Massage School FAQs

When you’re looking to enroll in a beauty, barbering/hair design, or massage therapy 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 are the Programs?

The length of the program ultimately depends on which one you are interested in and how flexible your schedule is! Our programs are offered in full-time or part time day or part-time evening schedules.


*The Massage program is not offered at all campus locations.

2 How Long Will It Take to Complete the Program?

Once again, this depends on which program you are interested in and how flexible your schedule is! For example, our Nail Technology program can be completed in just 9-weeks on a full-time schedule!

3 What Schedules Are the Programs Offered In?

Our St. Petersburg campus offers cosmetology, barbering/hair design, full specialist, nail technology, and skin care 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, clinical skin care, full specialist, spa therapy, nail technology, massage therapy, and skin care 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 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

5 when do classes start?

Class start dates vary by program and campus.

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 several 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 website at

3 Florida Prepaid

Florida Prepaid is a great way to fund your education, and it’s not limited to traditional colleges. If your loved ones 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 programs. 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 graduates have to say about their experiences at American Institute of Beauty!

I just graduated as a Full Specialist and I couldn’t be any happier with my experience. My Skin Care educator was the MOST passionate, educated, and genuine teacher I’ve ever had. She truly wanted to see us succeed. She was very hands on, answered all our questions, and even gave us the best advice when we truly needed it. There was a great level of respect that we all had for each-other. Her experience in the beauty world is so helpful, especially because she is so knowledgeable in her field. She cared about us INSIDE the classroom and OUTSIDE the classroom. We have cried together, laughed together, and made the best memories in such a short amount of time. I always looked forward to going to class because I knew we would be making the most out of our time. I’m truly sad to leave but I know that I can always stay in touch with her. I’m also very sad to leave all the amazing friends I made while being in school. I made my forever friends. Thank you AIB for this experience and for giving me the education of a lifetime. I get a forever mentor, friends, and an license! –Selena Sanchez (Graduate)

My educator was an amazing instructor. She is extremely patient, and she makes sure that no one is left behind. She wants all her students to become successful. I do feel like as her student, I will become successful. I did a facial on a client today and she told me in front of my class that I have a bright future because she felt so satisfied with my service. Nothing makes me happier than having a happy client. I know that feeling too well since I do makeup for weddings on weekends. Making many people feel this happy too is the most honorable feeling. My educator made me feel like I am just as good of an esthetician as I am a makeup artist. To feel comfortable in your service. -Kat R. (Graduate)

When I was attending AIB I was enrolled in the nail technology course. I was new to nails so I had a lot to learn, and I was overwhelmed by the bookwork, but I can honestly say that because of my educator it was the best school experience I’ve had. She really goes over and above for her students. She took the time to go over things with me and made sure I thoroughly understood the curriculum we were being taught. When I had to take test, I did great, and I really do feel I owe that to her. She made it enjoyable to learn and even just come to class in general because she’s just a genuinely nice/cool person. We would do fun nail trivia in class too, so it made things easy to learn. She made sure if we wanted to learn something specifically, she would go out of her way to show us a demo. With that being said, my educator taught me so much in the three months of my course. Even after graduating I know that if I have a question or concern with nails, she’s willing to help with no hesitation. I could go on and on specifically about why she’s a great teacher, but I made my point! -Jade S. (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!

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.

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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*