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Teacher Training

Are you ready to empower the next generation of students of artistic designers, barbers, estheticians, and cosmetologists with the education and experience you have gained in your career?

Gain an Instructor License in the Beauty Industry

The objective of all Teacher Training Courses is to prepare the licensed professional to become a well-trained and well-rounded instructor. Pivot Point Academy & Wahl Barber Academy strive to teach a variety of techniques and principles. We offer the following approved programs by campus:

Wahl Barber Academy
Teacher Training Barber 1000 Hours
Teacher Traning Barber 600 Hours
Teacher Training Barber 500 Hours

Pivot Point Academy
Teacher Traning 1000 Hours
Teacher Training 500 Hours
Teacher Training Barber 1000 Hours
Teacher Training Barber 500 Hours
Teacher Training Esthetics 750 Hours
Teacher Training Esthetics 500 Hours

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Course Description

All Teacher Training Courses consist of theoretical and practical instruction. The students demonstrate their knowledge of all subject matter in theory and application, through the completion of required written and practical applications. This curriculum and course of study are designed to instruct a student in basic teaching methods and Pivot Point’s Mindful Teaching™ while instructing with the latest in interactive education and technology. It is anticipated, for the effective implementation of this course, that the student is proficient in the art and practice of their licensed profession.

Following sound training principles, the course provides an opportunity for each student to observe and assist experienced teachers in the performance of their duties, to perform skill demonstrations, to have supervised practice teaching, and to thoroughly study the principles of teaching. The course permits the student to apply, in a classroom atmosphere, the practices and theories to which they are exposed in the course while under the supervision of a licensed educator.

Pivot Point’s Mindful Teaching

Pivot Point’s Mindful Teaching™ sourcebook consists of theoretical and practical instruction. The cosmetology curriculum and courses of study are designed to instruct a teacher trainee in teaching methods that are efficient and effective in the classroom. In addition, we include a seat for the following business training programs:

  • Prosper U
  • BaaB (social media training)

Teacher Training Participants

Here you can read what our Teacher Training Students think about our program. And it’s a lot they have to say…

My name is Janice and I am thrilled to share my experience with the teacher training program at Pivot Point Academy. The journey has been immensely rewarding, both personally and professionally. From day one, the program has offered a wealth of knowledge that has significantly broadened my understanding of effective teaching practices. Ms Frances has been exceptional, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to each session. Her passion for education is contagious, and her commitment to our growth as educators is evident in every interaction. I have learned innovative strategies for engaging students, creating inclusive learning environments, and utilizing technology to enhance instruction. The program’s practical components have been particularly beneficial. The hands-on activities, real-world scenarios, and opportunities for peer collaboration have allowed me to apply new concepts and techniques directly to my teaching practice. This experiential learning has been invaluable in helping me to develop greater confidence and competence as an educator. Moreover, the training has fostered a strong sense of community among my peers. The collaborative spirit and mutual support have made this journey even more enjoyable. I have formed lasting connections with fellow educators who share my passion for teaching and commitment to continuous improvement. In conclusion, this teacher training program has been a transformative experience. I am grateful for the knowledge, skills, and inspiration it has provided me. I feel well-equipped to create meaningful and impactful learning experiences for my students and I am excited to continue my journey as an educator with enthusiasm and confidence.
Janice F., 2024

My name is Rafael. Over my 20 + years in the hair industry as a licensed barber, I never encountered the kind of useful information given before attending the Teacher’s Training Program at Pivot Point Academy. When I initially joined this school, I had no idea what I was getting myself into nor was I aware of how demanding this curriculum would be. Even though I had a lot of things going on in my life I am constantly thanking myself for digging deep and being disciplined enough to gain everything I was supposed to learn while being a part of this historical class. It has been so rewarding to be a part of the very first non-self-study class with the best teacher I ever had has been such a blessing. Mrs. Frances is by far the most well-versed, and passionate teacher I ever met who has poured so much knowledge into me, equipping me with all of the tools I will ever need to be a successful instructor. I wish her so much continuous prosperity in her endeavors going forward as she lights the way for us to navigate and reach others. The story of Leo Passage’s vision resonates so beautifully as it’s witnessed before my very eyes while learning the simple to complex fundamentals from Mrs. Frances. I love and adore her for all of her patience, understanding, and her pure heart of gold. Wow! What an amazing experience this has been for me, and I will leave into the world with so much to teach others how to be just great. No time is better than the present to go through this life-changing experience, and my journey will forever be full of memories of what I have learned during my time at Pivot Point Academy. This accreditation will set me apart not just for the reputation of the school, but due to taking this program seriously allowing it to work wonders in my professional career. You won’t regret this decision, and I would happily do it all over again without changing anything!
Rafael T., 2024

As a former cosmetology student and currently, an educator in training, I found Pivot Point to be very equipped both professionally and educationally. From the theory to the practical Pivot Point has excelled and the educators are the best, especially Ms. Frances. The teacher’s training program is a mix of both teaching theory and practical. You learn everything you need to know about becoming an educator in the cosmetology field. The program of study is a great way to learn plus you’ll learn from the best teacher ever.
Joseph R., 2024

Student Teacher Trainee Brittany SI just graduated from the teacher training program and I want to share my appreciation for the school, I’ve learned so much! I truly have enjoyed my time there. The staff & students have been wonderful. I just truly love the atmosphere, curriculum, and basically anything about this wonderful school.
Brittany S., 2021

Teacher Training (Cosmetology)

Our Teacher Training (Cosmetology) course is your first step toward becoming a valued mentor in the lives of Cosmetology students. The Cosmetology instructors at our beauty school in Bloomingdale, Illinois help students learn and practice the latest hairdressing, nail care, skincare, and makeup techniques utilized in the industry by beauty professionals. Our cosmetology instructor class and the program will help you gain the necessary skills to earn a Cosmetology instructor license and prepare you for the IL state exam.

Additional Admissions Requirements

In addition to the general admissions requirements, the applicant must be a currently licensed cosmetologist or esthetician. Proof of active license is required. In the state of Illinois, cosmetology teachers may also teach esthetics and/or nail technology provided they have demonstrated skills in these areas.

To qualify for the 500 Clock Hour Teacher Training, you need to have at least two years of practical experience as a licensed cosmetologist or esthetician within 5 years preceding the examination.

Course Phase 1 (240 Hours)
During Phase 1 students will receive instruction on seven modules including Pivot Point’s Mindful Teaching™, Brain Basics, and Learning, Preparing to Teach, Classroom Management, Instructional Methods, Assessing Learner Progress, and The Art of Teaching. This phase will also review the state licensing requirements and business methods.

Course Phase 2 (260 Hours)
As students will progress to Phase 2 they will begin interning under the direction of a licensed instructor in the classroom and student salon and spa and shadowing a cosmetology teacher.

Course Phase 3 (500 Hours – only for the 1000 Clock Hour Course)
Phase 3 students will continue their postgraduate training on all areas of the teacher training course while interning under the direction of a licensed instructor in the classroom and student salon and spa while completing an intern development journal.

Teacher Training Barber

The barbering industry is an exciting and growing business. Do you have a passion for sharing and inspiring future barbers? Do you want to be one of the top educators in the industry? Look no future with our proven teach techniques you will do just that.

Our Teacher Training Barber course is your first step toward becoming a valued mentor in the lives of future barbers.  Our barber instructor class and the program will help you gain the necessary skills to earn a Barber Instructor license and prepare you for the IL state exam.

Additional Admissions Requirements

In addition to the general admissions requirements, the applicant must be currently a licensed barber. Proof of active license is required.

To qualify for the 500 Clock Hour Teacher Training, you need to have at least three years of practical experience as a licensed barber within 5 years preceding the examination.

Course Phase 1 (240 Hours)
During Phase 1 students will receive instruction on seven modules including Pivot Point’s Mindful Teaching™, Brain Basics, and Learning, Preparing to Teach, Classroom Management, Instructional Methods, Assessing Learner Progress, and The Art of Teaching. This phase will also review the state licensing requirements and business methods.

Course Phase 2 (260 Hours)
As students will progress to Phase 2 they will begin interning under the direction of a licensed instructor in the classroom and student salon and barber clinic and shadowing a licensed barber teacher.

Course Phase 3 (500 Hours – only for the 1000 Clock Hour Course)
Phase 3 students will continue their postgraduate training on all areas of the teacher training course while interning under the direction of a licensed instructor in the classroom and student salon and barber clinic while completing an intern development journal.

Teacher Training Esthetics

Our Teacher Training Esthetics will enable you to earn an Esthetics Instructor license and prepare you for the IL state exam.  With confidence in core teaching knowledge, needed critical thinking,  and successfully mastering the IL state exam, you are qualified to teach and empower the next generation of skincare professionals beyond entry-level proficiency and necessary skills to start their journey for a sustainable career.

Additional Admissions Requirements

In addition to the general admissions requirements in this handbook, the applicant must be a currently licensed esthetician or cosmetologist. Proof of active license is required.

In addition at least two years of practical experience as a licensed professional in the field of study within 5 years preceding the examination.

In the state of Illinois, esthetics teachers may also teach cosmetology and/or nail technology provided they have demonstrated skills in these areas.

Course Phase 1 (240 Hours)
During Phase 1 students will receive instruction on seven modules including Pivot Point’s Mindful Teaching™, Brain Basics, and Learning, Preparing to Teach, Classroom Management, Instructional Methods, Assessing Learner Progress, and The Art of Teaching. This phase will also review the state licensing requirements and business methods.

Course Phase 2 (260 Hours)
As students will progress to Phase 2 they will begin interning under the direction of a licensed instructor in the classroom and sand spa environment.

Course Phase 3 (250 Hours – only for the 750 Clock Hour Course)
In the final portion of this course, Phase 3 students will continue their postgraduate training on all areas of the teacher training course while interning under the direction of a licensed instructor in the classroom and spa environment while completing an intern development journal.

Student Kit Teacher Training

At the start of each program, Pivot Point Academy equips students with a Student Teacher Training Kit that includes high-quality tools you’ll need to begin your educator career. You also can add an iPad (optional) needed to access our interactive learning platform Learn About Beauty (LAB).

Recommended Blogs

These blogs are here to provide you with information for your journey towards becoming an instructor.

Mindful teaching – Teach the Next Generation of Barbers, Esthetieticians, and Hair Stylists as an Instructor with our Teacher Training Programs.

Business Training – Increasing the Salon Readiness of our students.

Testimonials

  • I was recently at your Bloomingdale location this past Saturday.  Christopher cut my hair as well as did a color correction w/high lights.  Even though I was there for 5 hours he took his time to make sure that the job was being done right and asked instructors for feedback etc when needed.

    Well, the outcome came out FANTASTIC. I posted my picture on my Facebook as well as my personal weight watchers profile and I was bombarded with so many likes saying how cute the color/cut came out and how it complements my newly thinned out features.   I went drastic with a modified pixie cut and I went for it 🤣!!

    I’m hoping that Christopher is available the next time I go for a trim and touch up 😊😊

    Linda B.

    I chose pivot point intentionally because I’ve always loved makeup. Going through all the phases and learning all the curriculum I’ve never been so happy to become a well-rounded hairstylist knowing all techniques and learning all different hair types. I’ve never been so blessed to be working at Sharon Daniel Salon to further my career and make everyone feel beautiful!

    Alissa M.
  • 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!

    Mikey D.

    Pivot Point Academy is not only a school, it is a home. This place helped me branch out into a whole different person. I tried things I never knew I would try and accomplished so much more than I would’ve ever thought. Pivot Point allowed me to find another home at Sorelle Salon in Bartlett. I am a full-time stylist now doing hair, makeup, spray tans, lash extensions, lash lifts, and nails! This industry offers so much and Pivot Point helped me realize beauty is unstoppable!

    Gabby B.
  • I chose Pivot Point Academy because I wanted a supportive, family-like school. I knew from the minute I toured the academy; I was home. The educators were amazing, my classmates were always cheering me on and the rest of the team always had my back. I knew going to Pivot Point I would have the best cosmetology education and opportunities following graduation. I was given all of that, plus so much more.

    Savannah F.

    I chose Pivot Point because it had always been highly recommended to me and frankly; no other school compared. I felt welcomed and at home right away, so I knew it was the right choice. After graduating from Pivot Point, I was able to come across an amazing job opportunity at The Mixx Hair Salon where I am now a full-time hairstylist and lead makeup artist.

    Nathaly L.