American Institute of Beauty is proud to be Florida’s largest barber school. We opened our doors in 2003 to provide hands-on training for a future career in barbering to students of all walks of life. Our program is known locally as a tried and true program for becoming a professional barber.
Our campus in St. Petersburg, FL, is 11,000 square feet and houses over 50 mirrored training stations. Here students can practice their craft while taking appointments with real guests. Whether you choose to enroll in our Barbering, Cosmetology, Nail Technology, Skin Care or Full Speciality program, you can learn in a hands-on environment created to inspire and encourage you. Your professional-level surroundings were carefully curated to make it feel like you’re really working in a shop or salon.
Between our two locations, the St. Petersburg campus of American Institute of Beauty is most well-known for its barbering program. The program takes most students about nine months to complete and is designed to allow you to become a licensed barber in the state of Florida. To help our students succeed, we have brought in talented barbering educators with more than 40 years of combined experience. We provide flexible scheduling and financial aid to those who qualify to help meet your needs.
Cosmetology is the perfect way for you to get your footing in the beauty world, and our goal is to help you get the foundation you need to succeed! Our cosmetology program can teach you about many kinds of styles, techniques, and tricks to become a talented cosmetologist. The program also covers basics about skin and nails in addition to covering hair. Cosmetology is the ideal way to learn it all in the beauty industry!
The Full Specialist program at American Institute of Beauty is designed to allow aspiring beauty professionals get the training in skin and nails that they crave as quickly as possible. The program omits teaching hair so that students can drill down into what they are most passionate about and start making their mark on the industry sooner. Contact us to learn more about how you can get started on your future today!
At American Institute of Beauty, our 300-hour nail technology program is great path for anyone who’s looking to quickly enter the world of beauty! During their education, our students learn a variety of the latest skills and techniques of so they can be prepared to pursue a successful career in whatever they decide to do with their certification. Gel art, nail design, manicures and pedicures, and general sanitation practices are some of the exciting lessons you could learn in our program!
From eyelash extensions to facials, there’s no shortage of amazing skincare techniques you can learn in our program. That’s because not only can students study skills covered in our basic program but they have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge further by choosing to certify in Microdermabrasion, MUD makeup, and more! Learning all these skills is the perfect way to start a career in helping others feel better about their skin and overall health. Talk with us to learn more about the program and how you can get started.
Our instructors bring a variety of backgrounds and skill sets to our classrooms. Each educator has years of experience, and many of them are still barbers or other beauty professionals who run or work in local shops. The success of our staff allows them to teach our students what they are learning in the industry every day.
I must say this has to be [one of] the best nail program/beauty schools of all times. Ms. Mare is overflowing with information, talent, and skill. If you want to learn from the best you must find the best come to American Institute of Beauty.- Trisha S.
I highly recommend attending AIB (Largo Campus). I graduated from the cosmetology program in Dec 2018. I’ve never met an amazing group of individuals (administrators/instructors/directors) who care so much and will do anything to see each student reach their goal to success.- Christina R.
Amazing school! I do part-time night cosmo and I’ve learned so much in such a small amount of time. Great atmosphere, surrounded by smiling faces. Instructors are awesome and Mr. Luis will teach you all you need to know when you get out on to the floor. Definitely would recommend this school to anyone!- Rubie C
As a part of our curriculum, we offer demonstrations to our students from outside industry influencers. Our St. Petersburg campus houses a specially designed stage area for these types of demonstrations and educational opportunities. In addition to technical and practical skills, our students are exposed to training on the business side of their professions. Marketing, networking, financial planning, and more are all taught at AIB.
AIB is happy to be the host of the annual Barber Battle. Each year in the spring we extend an invitation to barbering schools across the state to come and compete. Students go head to head in a battle of skills and showmanship. In the past trophies and notoriety have been awarded to the barber who came out on top.
In 2017, we were excited to have celebrity barber, Darrin Lyons host with us. This is an opportunity that we offered exclusively to those attending the Barber Battle at AIB.
Our campus is located in the Big Lots Plaza on the west coast of Florida. You can easily travel to us using U.S. Highway 19, I-275, or I-75. We are conveniently located near Pinellas Park, Seminole, Clearwater, and Largo. Tampa is also just a short distance away. A PSTA bus stop is just a few steps away from our front door if you’re looking to commute using public transportation.
Florida is known for its trendy styles, forward-thinking fashion, and the sunny environment. This is the perfect place for our students to explore the world of beauty and pursue their educations. Contact AIB today to get more information about admissions!
*Financial aid is available to those who qualify.