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.

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.

Event Bartending Course
  • 16 hours of Training
  • 1 Week to Complete
  • Basic Liquor Education
  • 30 cocktail recipes
  • No certification
  • Job Placement Workshop
Intro to Bar Industry
  • 40 hours of Training
  • 2.5 Weeks or 5 Weekends to complete
  • Intro to Spirits
  • Free Pouring Lesson
  • Intermediate Speed Strategies
  • 100+ Cocktail Recipes
  • Customer Service Training
  • Beer and Wine Training
  • How to Identify a Fake ID’s
  • Learn ABC Laws of VA
  • National Lifetime Certification
  • Resume Assistance
  • Access to Online Job Database

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.

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:
October 24, 2016
November 9, 2016
December 5, 2016
December 26, 2016
January 11, 2017
January 30, 2017

Weekend Classes:
October 29, 2016
January 7, 2017

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.

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 Richmond Virginia

Our job placement assistance is supported through a network of Richmond bars, restaurants, hotels, nightclubs, resorts, and country clubs. In order to successfully land a bartending job not only do you need a certification but you also need a network to get your start. Restaurants such as The Halligan Bar throughly enjoy our training program and have written this testimonial in support of our school.

Professional Bartending Academy Richmond Virginia Professional Bartending Academy Richmond Virginia

Locally, our students have successfully landed bartending jobs throughout the Central Virginia region including Ashland, Glen Allen, Mechainicsville, Short Pump, Bon Air, Midlothian, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Petersburg, Dinwiddie, King William, Sandston, Bumpass, Louisa, Northern Virginia, Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Williamsburg, Fredericksburg, Newport News, and Roanoke. Based on the program that you choose, our local network will help you get your start with making great money. Our graduates are earning $100-$400 dollars per shift. In addition to local job placement, we also offer nationwide job placement through our affiliation with Professional Bartending Schools of America. For more information about our graduates success, please visit the testimonial page.

Food for thought:
The standard repayment plan for federal student loans puts borrowers on a 10-year track to pay off their debt, but research has shown the average bachelor's degree holder takes 21 years to pay off his or her loans.” (U.S. News, In comparison to a college loan, our education pays for itself exponentially faster than college debt. We’ve had graduates make their money back in three bartending shifts!



"I throughly enjoyed the class. Honestly, truth be told, I’m a little sorry it’s over. The hour long commute and length of the class did not affect me at all. I looked forward to coming here every single day." -Peter

Meet Kevin!

In 2014, Kevin was working as a promoter in the Richmond bar industry. Night after night, Kevin saw how much money the bartenders were making at the bars that he was promoting. As a result, Kevin decided to switch his career path to a more stable income and registered for classes at PBA. Within 2 weeks of completing the course, Kevin landed his first bartending job at Society Nightclub. Since Kevin's first bartending job, he has continually built his resume and clientele. Through Kevin's hard work and personable customer service, Kevin was awarded the Style Weekly’s Best Bartender of 2016!

"I found that by the end of the first week I knew more than most of the bartenders that I've worked with in the past." -Shane

Meet Shannon!

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!

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

Meet Justin!

Graduate Justin V. who completed the course in 2011 has continually worked to better himself. Justin has landed multiple bartending jobs and management jobs at bars such as Social 52, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Tay Ho Restaurant. In addition to volume bartending, Justin has also developed himself into a flair bartender. For the past 3 years, has been competing in local competitions and 2016 has proven to be his year. In 2016, Justin has won both the Bartender's Brawl in Short Pump and Cha Cha's Cantina Bartending Competition for a total winnings of $1800 dollars!

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

Meet Jessica!

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.

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

Meet Jack!

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. 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."


Meet Uma!

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.

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

Meet Krissi!

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. Check out this tip she landed on her first night!

"Fun and totally worth it the money!!" - Aaron ’14

"I loved the class! It was very informative. It builds a great deal of confidence, enforces great bartending work ethic, and proper bar etiquette. OH and a TON OF FUN!" - Cynthia

"The class provided an in depth understanding of how to bartend. Everything was taught from what alcohols are behind a bar to how to handle a crowd screaming for drinks! Lots of time was taken to learn technique, drinks, and things that will make you a successful bartender." - Jordan

"The instructor staff at PBA went above a beyond. When I had a question or need extra time, they were always helpful!" - Adaria

"I have already referred three of my friends to go here because I learned so much to help me get my start in bartending!" - James

"I loved this class!" - Jasmine

"Overall it was fun to further develop my restaurant experience and learn a new skill!" - David

"The class was in depth and really gave me the skills I need to be a confident bartender." - Linda

"I love it. I learned so much and feel very prepared to thrown behind a bar." - Jenny

"The learning environment, instructors, and classmates were all COOL!" - Andrew

"I like the knowledge and the patience the teachers had." - LaShay

"Great class learned a lot and learned what I wanted." - John

"Thank you! I definitely feel like a competent and confident bartender!" - Daria

Event Bartending Course:
16 Hours to complete

      1 week

Intro to Bartending Industry:
40 Hours to complete

      2.5 Weeks

      5 Weekends
      Saturday Only
Upcoming classes available:

Weekday Classes:
October 24, 2016
November 9, 2016
December 5, 2016
December 26, 2016
January 11, 2017
January 30, 2017

Weekend Classes:
October 29, 2016
January 7, 2017

We are the ONLY bartending school in the State of Virginia who offers food and beverage professionals the opportunity to receive scholarships. Based on your experience and positions in the food and beverage industry, we can help you save hundreds of dollars. In order to qualify, there are a few steps that you must complete.

First, please fill out the form below. Once we receive your application, we will set up a time to speak with you over the phone. If you pass the phone interview, employment verification will be conducted and scholarships will be awarded to the deserving individuals. Apply NOW!

Professional Bartending Academy Richmond Virginia

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  • Receive an instant network to help you land a bartending job
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  • Weekday and Weekend Classes Available
  • Day and Evening Schedules
  • Flexible Programs Offered
  • Are you a server, barback, or bartender?
  • Earn hundreds of dollars towards your tuition cost.
  • Must verify your experience to qualify.
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