See You at Our Beautician Courses in 2017!

Yes, it’s perfectly true. South Africa may have lagged behind the rest of the developed world in certain aspects in the past, but the past, as they say, is history. Now, this country has as much to offer as the rest of the world (in some cases, more), and our modern beauty industry is thriving – right up there with the best.

What does this mean for you as a young person wanting to embark on a career in this challenging, rapidly growing industry? The shortest answer is: “Great things and an equally great future”. While perfectly true, it’s wise to select the school at which you undertake your beautician course with care.

Find Firm Footing

This is the vital first step and foundation of your future success. You know all too well that wonky groundwork can make an otherwise solid structure crumble and fall, so you want a solid basis on which to build your career. In other words, you want Isa Carstens Academy – either in Stellenbosch or at our Pretoria campus.

The Foundation of Isa Carstens Academy

Isa opened her first beauticians’ training school in the university town of Stellenbosch in 1978. In the same year, the college and its beautician courses received official recognition from CIDESCO, the renowned Swiss international aesthetics and cosmetology organisation.

Our academy was the first South African beauty school to receive this prestigious distinction – the best possible foundation for a credible, growing institute of higher education. Our academy’s foundation was set, growing from strength to strength, and establishing a reputation for excellence.

Which Course is Your Thing?

Now that the matter of your training academy has been settled, you have another choice to make. Do you want to take a beauticians’ diploma course in somatology, or is a front line career in a beauty spa more your thing?

Perhaps your plan is to start as a receptionist, build experience in this key function and then proceed to a beautician course, after which you plan to open your own salon, knowing all the ins and outs of the industry first hand.


This diploma programme requires three years of intensive study and includes a wide range of modules, incorporating subjects which are crucially important to committed career-minded learners – biotics, anatomy, nutrition, research methodology, practical and theoretical somatology, and business planning and management.

Spa Reception

Our reception course spans one year, during which essential front-of-house skills are learned, such as communication, administration, basic accounting, sales and client service, plus two beauticians’ electives.

Ready for 2017

Applications for 2017 close on the 30th November 2016. Don’t delay. Contact us and we’ll gladly assist you with your enrolment process. We look forward to welcoming you soon.