Wondering if a career in barbering could be right for you? If you want a job where you can use your creativity and be your own boss, our barbering program could be your next step. Set yourself up for an exciting and creatively fulfilling future with Pivot Point Academy’s industry-leading education.
Our 1500-clock hour barber program was designed to create well-rounded barbers in every aspect, and to prepare students to compete in the men’s market of grooming. Learn hair cutting, men’s shaving, grooming, and basic skincare, along with all of the skills that give barbers a robust repertoire that is current with the industry trends. Refine your technical skills with earlier hands-on practice, learn business strategy, and become industry-ready through our three-phase program.
At Pivot Point Academy, we blur the line between learning and fun. Keep up with today’s latest trends on our industry-leading digital platform, LAB. LAB is an interactive and collaborative online classroom where you can study with industry pros. With engaging activities, a library of skills lessons, practice tests, and more, LAB makes learning current, effective, and fun.
Our school also provides several opportunities for students to hone their skills through participating in real-world community events and outreach activities:
Did you know that over one-third of barbers are self-employed? That’s why at Pivot Point Academy, you will receive training not only in technical skills but also in business and marketing. Become industry-ready with our business training courses: Beauty As A Business (BAAB) and Prosper U.
Learn foundational skills, such as:
Work on models and enhance your skills. You will learn:
Master your skills on clinic floor guests, prepare for your state exam, and become industry-ready. You will learn:
At the start of each program, Pivot Point Academy equips students with a professional Barber Student Kit.
Included are the high-quality tools you will need to begin your barbering career:
For more hair, we have 3 mannequin heads including 1 with beard and 1 slip-on universal head. Students also receive 5 slip-ons including 1 female, 1 curly, and 3 male in our kit.
If desired, you also will receive an optional iPad needed to access our interactive learning platform Learn About Beauty (LAB). Students will also get Pivot Point Academy’s Fundamentals: printed study guide, downloadable eBooks, integrated lesson webbooks, learning connections, interactive video lectures, design decision charts, exam ace, and more.
If you already have an active Illinois cosmetology license, our crossover program is your fast track for growth. Pivot Point Academy can accept up to 1000 hours toward the state-required 1500 hours. Our barber crossover program offers a multi-level barber education that provides hands-on training in: precision haircutting, color and texture, basic skincare, shaving, and grooming. Graduates will walk away with the skills necessary to successfully build/extend their careers.
With more and more men looking to get a relaxing cut and shave, professional barbers are in demand. Career opportunities are as limitless as your imagination. Our program prepares you for several career paths you may find exciting:
If having a job where you can use your creativity, choose your schedule, and follow your entrepreneurial spirit sounds great to you, barbering could be your perfect fit. Prepare for success in whatever endeavor you choose with our fully accredited, hands-on barbering program.
In our barber school, master prominent haircutting techniques such as the scissors over fingers technique, scissors over comb technique, clipper over comb technique, and blade on skin technique.
All students will learn facial hair techniques using a straight razor before becoming a barber. Once you are done with our barber program, students will be able to do beard sculpting, neck and beard trims, straight razor shaving, wet shaves, and more.
Master the hairstyling principles that will allow you to perform tapered cuts, hair replacement, foundational cuts, and the trendiest hairstyles of the time.
Acquire the sanitary knowledge and requirements needed to protect clients from infectious and contagious diseases.
Learn fundamental texturizing techniques that create directional texture and softness while maintaining a masculine shape. Texturizing allows you to design styles suitable to your client’s hair.
Our barber program teaches students to effectively change the color of a client’s hair through techniques such as highlighting, bleaching, corrective coloring, and more.
Acquire basic facial hair techniques that will allow you to replicate popular beard styles such as the short-boxed beard, circle beard, goatee, anchor beard, mutton chops beard, chin strap style beard, and more.
We have created several blogs for your reference. These blogs provide additional information during the phase of research and orientation. Barbering is a dynamic and exciting field.
After doing a ton of research, I chose to attend Pivot Point Academy to obtain my Cosmetology license. Their curriculum looked the best compared to other schools, and I’ve heard great feedback from friends that attended this beauty school.Lisa W.
I recently attended the Cosmetology school at Pivot Point Academy to tighten up my skills. Great instructors that facilitate a collaborative learning experience that is not only based on concepts – but also hands-on practice to help enhance your skills.Sophia B.
Attending Pivot Point Academy for my cosmetology training was the single most important career decision I’ve made. From the strongest in fundamentals to a vast network, I wouldn’t be the traveling artists I am today without it. In one word: Blessed!Julianna P.
I chose Pivot Point because of its professional but fun atmosphere. I feel that they took cosmetology as seriously as I did but everyone was still warm and welcoming! I am now working at a Redken Elite Salon in Chicago and I feel like I’ve found a home in my rising salon!Natalie G.
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