We offer a few options for bartending training. As a result, we want to make sure that you choose the best class for you. Please fill out this form:
Professional Bartending Academy is certified by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Since 1994, Professional Bartending Academy has been Central Virginia's number one bartending school. Through our passion of bartending, the staff at PBA strives to provide a high quality hands on training course to prepare individuals to work in any bar atmosphere.
In the classroom, we provide students full lifetime access to a stocked bar with experienced instructors. While attending the 40 hour hands on bartending class, students develop the proficiency and knowledge to begin bartending upon graduation. We counsel and assist our graduates through our job placement assistance program. Our mission to provide the highest quality bartending training has driven us to successfully place 73% of our grads in 2014.
In the Food and Beverage Industry, the demand for educated bartenders is increasing. More and more employers are requiring their bartenders to have experience and an education. At Professional Bartending Academy, we are able to give our students the hands-on experience and education needed to succeed as a bartender.
The more education that you invest in, the greater of an opportunity you will have to make a profit. Based on your goals with bartending, we can help you assess which class is the best fit. For a free guidance tour, give us a call at (804)355.BARS (2277).
To register for any upcoming class a $100 dollar payment is required to reserve your seat in a class of your choice. Once your registration fee is processed the next payment is not due until you begin class. For more information regarding payments due while attending, please call (804)355.2277.
Where are you located?
4615 West Broad Street Ste. 127, Richmond, va 23230
We are directly on Broad Street. To access our parking and entrance, turn onto Blacker Street and take a left a half block in on Blacker Street.
Can I come check out the school?
Yes! We are available for tours Monday through Saturday. Give us a call and set up a time convenient to your schedule.
How big are your classes?
12 students per class.
What do you teach over the 40 hour course?
What are the benefits for graduating from Professional Bartending Academy?
How successful is the job placement assistance?
Due to consistent demand for trained bartenders, we consistently have new employment opportunities available for graduates. In 2014, 73% of graduates found employment in the bar business.
How much do bartenders make?
If you are a bartender that is working 20 hours at 5.00/hr plus tips, the MEDIAN hourly income is $17.00. If you are a bartender that is working 20 hours a week at 5.00/hr plus tips with 0 years of experience, the MEDIAN annual income is $18,000 per year. (Our class is a fraction of this estimate)
When do your classes start?
Do you have job placement assistance?
Of course! We work one on one to help our grads land bartending jobs in Richmond and across the U.S.
What are your qualifications?
We accept students who are 18 and up.
How old do you have to be to bartend in Virginia?
21 or older. In other states however, individuals who are 18 or older may bartend. If you are looking to bartend in another part of the US., please verify through local and state laws.
We are conveniently located 8/10ths of a mile off of I-64 on West Broad Street. Parking is free and is located behind the Commonwealth building. Tours of our training facility are available to anyone interested Monday through Friday 10am-7pm and Saturday by appointment.