Do you have a passion for skin care? Do you love to do your nails? Is your skin care routine tailored to your skin type and the season? If you answered, “Yes!” to any of these questions, a career as a full specialist might be right for you! At American Institute of Beauty (AIB), we offer a program that combines the skills of an esthetician and a nail technician to help you become a well-rounded beauty professional who has been trained in both skin and nails! You will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through in-person interactions with guests in our school spa. Learn the art of facials, microdermabrasion, LED light therapy, acrylic nail enhancement, gel nails, 3D nail art, encapsulations, and much more!
I attended AIB for the Full Specialist program and it was everything I expected and more! I went for the Full Specialist program and completely fell in love with NAILS special thanks to Ms. Mare, her passion for nails and her expertise really inspired me to want to be a professional nail tech along with being an esthetician. I’m forever thankful!~Tahnijah B. (Graduate)
The full specialist program at AIB is jam-packed with fun! Learning should be enjoyable and educational. We’ve developed our curriculum to focus each half of the 600 hours on two separate sets of skills- nails and skin.
American Institute of Beauty is a Dermalogica Partnership School. Training with professional grade skincare products can enhance your learning experience tenfold! All of our skin care students receive training from the Dermalogica educators from the International Dermal Institute to best recommend treatments and products for their client’s journey to healthy skin. The benefits of Dermalogica Skincare products include:
*Photo is an example only and does not depict the exact student kit*
Full Specialist 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.
Where oh where will you go? You’ve got a passion, and now you want a career. Here are a few potential opportunities you could pursue 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 as a full specialist!
When you’re looking to enroll in a full specialist 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!
The full specialist program at AIB is 600 clock hours. 300 hours are dedicated to teaching you skin care theoretical and practical skills, and the remaining 300 hours are concentrated on the theory and practice of nail care.
You can complete our full specialist program in as little as five months*!
*Based on a full-time schedule.
You can take our full specialist 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 Full Specialist program is offered at our Largo and St. Petersburg campus locations.
For questions on transferring to American Institute of Beauty from your current full specialist school institution, please contact our Admissions team!
Largo Campus: 727-532-2125 | St. Petersburg 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!
We are approved to offer veterans’ training by the Veterans Administration. A variety of veterans’ training benefits can be used at AIB, including your POST-9/11 GI Bill®. You love to help others, let us help you make it your career here in Florida!
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 full specialist 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 Full Specialist 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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