About us

Located in the Hilton Village just 3 short blocks from Main Street, the Academy of Bartending is a small locally-owned business priding itself in educating students in all aspects of bartending.  Established in 2005, the Academy of Bartending is certified to operate by the  State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), as well as being certified to train T.I.P.S (Training in Intervention ProcedureS).  

Owner, Terry Dickerson saw that there was a great need for a bartending school on the peninsula of Hampton Roads because she found that far too many bartenders were not well educated in the fundamentals, and many lacked the proper training in handling the responsibility of serving alcohol to the general public.  Those that did seek formal bartending training in schools across the nation were not getting a thorough enough education.  Terry wanted a school that took the art of mixology seriously, properly educating all students, while learning in a fun and upbeat atmosphere. 

Since 2006, the Academy of Bartending has had a contract with the Hampton Coliseum for bartending concerts and other big events.  Current students and graduates regularly bartend functions receiving hands-on experience with not only making drinks, but working with real customers and counting real inventory. 

PROGRAM: Certificate of Completion in Bartending/Mixology

  • Become a true Mixologist by taking a 40 hour course that combines classroom instruction and hands on drink-mixing.  Learn over 200 drink and shooter recipes, the latest trends in party drinks, and much more. 
  • Additional Services Offered:
  • Mixology 101.  Not interested in spending 40 hours to become a Certified Mixologist?  No problem, this class is for you.  In this 4 hour course, learn how to make the latest party drinks and impress your friends and family.  Contact us, or check our schedule  to learn about when this course is offered.
  • Advanced Bartending Classes.  For graduates that would like to hone their skills.  Periodically we offer classes on advanced wine and wine appreciation, advanced beer and micro breweries and cooking with spirits.  Email us to learn about these opportunities.
  • We offer assistance in job placement for our graduates in all types of bartending jobs – from restaurants to night clubs to hotels and private functions.  There are so many possibilities! 
  • All graduates are always welcome to come back any time to practice or sit in on lessons and refresh their skills.

Convenient to:

  • Chesapeake
  • Gloucester
  • Hampton
  • Newport News
  • Norfolk
  • Poquoson
  • Portsmouth
  • Richmond
  • Smithfield
  • Suffolk
  • Virginia Beach
  • Williamsburg
  • Yorktown
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