The Professional Barber Institute (PBI) is a school where certified barber teachers instruct students for the 1250 hours of practical and theory training needed to take the Pennsylvania State Board Exam to obtain a barber license. The mission of the Professional Barber Institute (PBI) is to provide affordable and accessible barber and entrepreneurial training to under-served residents in Pittsburgh’s East End community. Students are also paired with mentors who are experienced barbers and barber shop owners. PBI offers haircuts and other barber services to the general public performed by PBI students under the supervision of a licensed barber teacher, at a reasonable cost. This teaching environment mimics that of a real barber shop, allowing students to practice barbering with greater confidence. The 1250 hours of practical and theory training is covered in a 10 month program.
After completion of the required nine month program of study, PBI requires an additional month of training designed to prepare students for the Pennsylvania barber licensing exam by providing a thorough review of the program material, and instruction in test preparation and test taking strategies. Students who have passed the licensing exam will be provided with resume and portfolio preparation assistance, as well as help with all aspects of their job search. With their barber licenses, our graduates will be able to obtain living wage employment and/or open their own barbershops. A comprehensive database is being utilized to track and measure the outcomes and successes of PBI students.
Student Assistance Needed
In order to assist our students with completing the barbering program, we are looking for agencies and organizations to sponsor a portion of their tuition costs, barbering supplies and textbooks.
Professional Barber Institute is located at 8862 Frankstown Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15235 and is easily accessible by the 77S/L Port Authority Bus. PBI is adjacent to the Homewood area and minutes away from East Hills, Penn Hills and Wilkinsburg.
Hours of Operation
PBI operates Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Hours will soon increase to include evening and weekend classes as well.
Contacting PBI Staff