Professional Bartending Academy Richmond VirginiaProfessional 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.

Professional Bartending Academy Richmond Virginia16 Hour Basic Bartending Course:
Through the 16 hour basic bartending course, students develop the following proficiencies:

  • Brand awareness of liquors and liqueurs
  • Proper free pouring techniques
  • 40 Cocktail Recipes Hands-On Practice
*Does not include any certification or job placement assistance after completion

40 hour Bartending Certification:
In the 40 hour mixology certification class, students become proficient with the techniques and skills needed to work immediately in the bar industry. To prepare our students, we cover a variety of topics including:

  • Liquor/Liqueur Education
  • 100+ trending cocktail recipes
  • Customer Service behind bar
  • How to have fun behind the bar
  • Free Pouring Techniques
  • Beer and Wine Training
  • How to identify fake ID's
  • Strategies and tips to help you land a bartending job
*Includes lifetime certificate valid in 50 states and unlimited job placement assistance.

Advanced Mixology Course:
Over 18 hours at one of the local Richmond bars, we dissect the major liquor categories with our taste buds! In class, topics are geared to develop student's knowledge of craft cocktails and the flavor profiles of vodka, gin, rum, tequila, whiskey, and scotch. Classes are held on Monday and Tuesday night's from 6:00pm-9:00pm. This class is recommended for experienced bartenders, certified bartenders, and cocktail enthusiast. For more information about upcoming classes available, please visit the schedule page.
*Includes certificate of completion

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.

Professional Bartending Academy Richmond VirginiaWhere 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?

  • Liquor and Liqueur education
  • How to make 125 popular cocktails
  • Customer service behind the bar
  • Beer and Wine training
  • How to precisely free pour
  • High volume bartending strategies
  • Speed and accuracy drills
  • How to have to fun behind the bar!

What are the benefits for graduating from Professional Bartending Academy?

  • Lifetime bartending certification valid in all 50 states
  • Lifetime local and nationwide job placement assistance (available in 74 cities throughout the US)
  • Free Refresher Classes
  • 1 on 1 job counseling
  • Resume assistance
  • Mock Interviews

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?

Upcoming classes available:

Weekday Classes:
November 18, 2015
December 9, 2015
December 28, 2015
January 13, 2016
February 1, 2016
February 17, 2016

Weekend Classes:
January 9, 2016
February 20, 2016
March 26, 2016

Advanced Mixology:
January 18, 2016

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.

The Professional Bartending Academy
4615 West Broad Street, Suite 127
Richmond, Virginia 23230
(804) 355.BARS (2277)

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.

Professional Bartending Academy Richmond VirginiaThe benefits of our bartending class go far beyond the classroom! Whether you're looking to make extra cash as a bartender or picking up bartending before you move, we have your back. Through our nationwide and local job placement assistance, we assist graduates with one of one counseling after completion of our class. Through our large network of bars, restaurants, hotels, country clubs, and nightclubs, we help our grads get connected with the food and beverage industry.

In the past, our grads have landed jobs in Richmond at places such as Buffalo Wild Wings, The Savory Grain, Richmond International Raceway, Centerstage, Innsbrook Afterhours Concert Series, Mosaic Catering, Groovin Gourmets, The Marriott Hotel, The Halligan Bar, plus many more. In addition, we have had grads bartend in Hawaii, Alaska, New Zealand, and on Carnival Cruise line! We help our grads not only find their first job but also their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th job. Our job placement is UNLIMITED!

If you're a beginner or existing bartender, we can get you up to speed and in the job market for lifetime bartending opportunities. Bartenders in Richmond are continually in demand throughout the year.



"One of the greatest rewards of being Owner of the Professional Bartending Academy is watching students start from ground zero and then progress into successful bartenders!" -Mike Love

Meet Krissi! - Featured Grad

As a local radio DJ host, Krissi has her career path in a solid direction. As a young DJ though, she still wanted to be involved with the nightlife Richmond has to offer but also make money. So, Krissi decided to take our 40 hour course to help her get her feet wet. Immediately after class, Krissi had a number of bars asking for her to start bartending. Currently, Krissi is guest bartending at Cha Cha's Cantina. Check out this tip she landed on her first night!

"The class was excellent! Our instructor was the sh*t! He knows the craft and exhibited great leadership skills" -Andrew

Meet Jack! - Featured Grad

After graduating college in Texas, Jack came back to Richmond to live with his parents. While Jack was saving money for his next chapter in life, he decided to take a bartending class to give him a skill that he could travel with. While attending, Jack approached the Director, Mike, and said "Hey, I'm thinking about moving to New Zealand. Do you think I can bartend there?" Immediately, Mike replied "Absolutely bro!" Shortly after successfully completing the class, Jack attained his certification from Professional Bartending Academy and made the move to New Zealand. Currently, Jack bartends in Queenstown, New Zealand at a bar called Coyote Grill. Recently, Jack gave us the update:

"An update from down under: Coyote has asked me to feature a drink specials menu to be added to/updated on a weekly basis. Right now, the specials include Blue Margarita, Kool-Aid, French Toast, Turqoise Blue (which I call Oceano Pacifico), and a Melon Margarita I created, subbing Midori for Triple sec/Cointreau. Which actually tastes a lot better than I expected, and has been really popular since we started serving it. Coming soon to Coyote grill: the Desert Rose shot (tequila with a dash of hot sauce) and the Colorado Bulldog...which has now become the Queenstown Bulldog. Thanks TPBA, much love from New Zealand."

"Wow! Greaaaat class! Exceeded my expectations! The schedule suited me great while the kids were in school" -Lorrie

Meet Shannon! - Featured Grad

Previously, Shannon was working as an assistant at a local Orthopedic office. She was looking for a change because her life goal was to become a nurse. The one problem she had though, she couldn't work 40 hours a week and go to nursing school. As a result, Shannon thought bartending would be a great way to make money while going through nursing school. While attending class, Shannon learned the core basics of bartending to help her get her start. With no experience in the Food and Beverage industry, Shannon landed a bartending job at Southern Railway Taphouse. Since taking the class, she has made her tuition back plus thousands of dollars in return for the education she received. We are proud of Shannon and her accomplishments!

"Our instructor pushed us to be the best we could be!" -Angela

Meet Jessica! - Featured Grad

As a single mother of 3 children, Jessica was finding herself in a bind. Cash was tight and she was looking for something to help supplement her income. As a result, Jessica reflected back on her previous work experience and remembered serving at Applebee's in college. Shortly after Jessica's epiphany, Jessica gave us a call and enrolled for evening classes. Once she completed her bartending certification, Jessica found a bartending job at 2113! We are proud of Jessica and the balancing act that she does everyday between work and life.


Meet Uma! - Featured Grad

Prior to enrolling at the Professional Bartending Academy, our grad Uma already had a bartending job at a restaurant. One of the problems though was that Uma's on the job training wasn't good enough for her to bartend anywhere but the place she learned at. As a result, Uma choose to enroll for the bartender certification. Immediately after graduating Uma hit the pavement hard and found a bartending job within a week. Currently, Uma bartends at the newest nightclub in Richmond called Vanquish Restaurant and Lounge. If you have a chance, make sure to stop by and catch a drink!

"The bartending class was very informative and really sharpened my skills!" -Shane

16 Hour Schedule:
      1 week - Monday - Thursday
      11:00am-3:00pm or 6:30pm-10:30pm

40 Hour Schedule:
      2.5 Weeks - Monday - Thursday
      11:00am-3:00pm or 6:30pm-10:30pm
      5 Saturday's
      9:00am - 5:00pm

Advanced Mixology Schedule:
      3 Weeks - Monday and Tuesday Only
Upcoming classes available:

Weekday Classes:
November 18, 2015
December 9, 2015
December 28, 2015
January 13, 2016
February 1, 2016
February 17, 2016

Weekend Classes:
January 9, 2016
February 20, 2016
March 26, 2016

Advanced Mixology:
January 18, 2016

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Professional Bartending Academy Richmond Virginia

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