The beauty industry is so much more than just taking care of the way we look, which is why our international beauty school offers an in-depth health and beauty course that focuses on how to care for the health and wellness of the body’s single largest organ – the skin.

This full-time health and skin care course comprises theoretical and practical learning from highly experienced lecturers to ensure the highest level of education. .

Associated Qualifications


About our Health & Skin Care course

This health and skincare course spans 2 years and encompasses a wide range of subjects such as in-depth skin science of dermatology and anatomy, to massage techniques and nails care. Another major benefit includes personal training on how to begin and run your very own business.

At our health and beauty academy, we offer professional training and international qualifications that will create opportunities for you to work and travel around the world

We offer a range of National Certificates, Accredited Associated Learning Programmes, and International Diploma options.

On completing the 2-year health and beauty course, you will have earned a National Diploma in Health and Skin Care in accordance with the National Qualification Framework (NQF) standards. We then offer you an additional third year of study that gives professionals the opportunity to equip themselves with advanced skills and the latest techniques in the industry.

At the International Academy, we take a more professional approach to training than your average beauty school, and with over 28 years of experience in the industry, have become South Africa’s leading training institute in health & skin care. We offer our learners access to our on-campus spa, giving them hands-on, professional experience in line with the latest developments and technologies in the industry

Minimum requirements

Grade 12 or equivalent qualification

Course duration

  • 2 years
  • Optional additional year

Time commitment

Monday to Friday


National certificates on completion

National Diploma: Health and Skincare

SAQA ID: 58310

NQF Level 6 Credits:  266

Accredited associated learning programmes: 
  • 49952 CIDESCO Health and Skincare Diploma Level 6 240
  • 49951 SAAHSP Health and Skincare Diploma Level 6 240
  • 21513 ITEC Diploma Health and Skincare Level 6 240 

International diploma options offered

  • Diploma Beauty Therapy (CIDESCO) 
  • Diploma Health and SkinCare Therapy (ITEC) 
  • Diploma Health and SkinCare Therapy (SAAHSP)