Beauty Therapy College

The Pick of Beauty Therapy Colleges

Attending beauty therapy college today is a far cry from what it once was. Today, it means that you are preparing yourself to enter a profession, not just a job, as a means to gainfully earn a livelihood. It also implies that you will be a professional practitioner, once qualified, providing that you study at an academy which provides recognised and accredited education, training and examinations. 

Talk to Practising Professionals

So, where and how do you find such a beauty therapy college? Firstly, talk to reputable and respected practising professionals. Pick their brains, get as much information as you can from them and find out what they think about various training and teaching institutions. They will most probably be a mine of information and for you it is also the start of practising how to network.

Browse the Internet, but Check Credentials

Additionally, you could browse the internet to find out which schools are out there, where they are and what they claim to offer. However, do some research about those which take your fancy. You own it to yourself and your future career to verify information and claims made by colleges that advertise their services.

Check Accreditation 

Above all, check the accreditation and professional recognition of those in which you are interested. All beauty therapy colleges are not equal. Our college is the only one in Africa, which is nationally and internationally recognised and accredited in make-up design and special effects.

When you are planning your career, it is imperative that your eventual qualifications are meaningful, enabling you to gain employment at top salons and spas, while earning top dollar.

What We Offer 

In order to keep the learner/lecturer ratio favourable, we have established campuses at two locations – one in Parktown, Johannesburg and the other in Helderkruin, Roodepoort. Our first college was opened in 1965 by our founder, Mrs Rhona Greaves, who made it her life’s mission to provide world class training and so improve the beauty industry in South Africa where it matters most – at college level.

Beauty Therapy Courses 

The entire comprehensive course comprises of three years’ full time study and is sequential. At the conclusion of each year, SETA accredited exams are written and a diploma is issued to the successful students. Second and third year courses may only be undertaken once the previous year’s qualification is in place.

  • First Year – Beauty Specialist
  • Second Year – Body Therapy
  • Third Year – Spa Therapy

Eight other full time, diploma courses are offered, each specialising in specific fields, which range from make-up artistry and special effects, make-up design including prosthetics or aesthetics, beauty and fashion (on two levels), teaching/assessing and more.

It is highly recommended that learners write their City & Guilds, ITEC and CIDESCO accreditation exams, which will enable them to find professional employment in numerous environments, wherever they choose, locally or internationally.

A number of modular or part time training programmes in various aspects of beauty therapy are also offered for students or postgraduate learners who wish to expand their skills in health and skin care/make-up industries. Upon conclusion, these modular programmes are subject to national assessment.

Enrol and Join

You too can join the ranks of thousands of successful professional beauty therapists who have built amazing careers after studying at our leading college


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