About us

Leo-PassageAt Pivot Point® International, we believe it’s our responsibility to evolve hair and beauty education, challenging the status quo. For over 50 years, our continual commitment to creating rich educational experiences and developing best-in-class educational content, has enabled us to foster over 1 million individuals, on six continents, as they realize sustainable careers within the beauty industry. We know what drives beauty professionals to succeed—what they see as relevant to further their career; we provide education, tools and a community in which to thrive.

Our mission is to empower through education and our extensive brandfolio allows us to do so. All of these offerings cater to industry professionals and non-professionals, at all stages of their careers, providing solutions that enhance everyday experiences and combat consistent challenges within the industry. Pivot Point International’s philosophy of lifelong learning, combined with our offerings, encourage growth and professionalism in an industry that is built on products and services that help everyone look and feel their best.

In 2012 we celebrated our 50th year of creativity, education and empowerment. Today, we carry  with us a legacy of passion for education and the creative force of Pivot Point Founder Leo Passage. As we look toward the future, we are committed to continuing that legacy and exploring new educational frontiers.


Pivot Point Education, Ltd. aspires to be the partner of choice for training organisations and employers. Within the industry we aim to make a difference and, through our customers, offer every new recruit the chance to gain strong foundational skills in a conducive learning environment.

1. Listen to our customers to develop educational programmes that challenge, stimulate and offer progression beyond level
2. With our customers and colleagues identify ways to improve participation in level 3 programmes.
3. Through our education programmes showcase hairdressing as a career that is forward thinking, rewarding and professional.
4. To work with training organisations and employers to develop greater synergy and recognition providing benefits to everyone; successful outcomes, a commercial hairdresser that contributes to the salon and has great earning potential.


Pivot Point International is a leading publisher and provider of hairdressing and beauty education solutions for training organisation, salons, students, individual stylists and international distributors. The company’s brandfolio, including A Designer’s Approach™, Salon Fundamentals™, Artist Access®, Exam Ace™, Snap Cap®, Meta™, Mindful Teaching® and Salonability™, can be found on six continents. Since 1962 when Leo Passage founded the Pivot Point Beauty School in Chicago, Illinois, the company has empowered and embraced hair designers who elevate their skill to a higher level of artistic creativity.

Lifelong learning is the cornerstone upon which the company has built 50 years in the industry. Pivot Point-educated beauty professionals are bold and curious in their pursuit of a successful career because they know how to approach every client with the precision and artistry indicative of the Pivot Point method.


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