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Success Story from Riana Petersen and Beauty Therapy Institute


My first job after I matriculated was as a weekend receptionist at Chelsea Aesthetic Centre. Working in that environment found me envious of how the therapists presented and carried themselves. This is what initially inspired me to pursue a career in the beauty industry.

I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to complete a Manicure and Pedicure module at Beauty Therapy Institute during the week, while at the same time continuing as the weekend receptionist at Chelsea. Once I completed the Manicure and Pedicure module at Beauty Therapy Institute, I completed the Hot and Cool Waxing module and started working as a full time therapist at Chelsea offering these modalities.

Once I had built my confidence as a therapist I decided to expand my education and enrolled for the part time Manual Facial module at Beauty Therapy Institute. This was where I found my true passion.

There is a saying that goes: “If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life”. This I have found to be true.

I was trained on numerous products and the latest machinery and this has all contributed to my success as a therapist.

My proudest achievements are that I had been chosen as one out of ten therapists to receive an incentive to travel to Paris for ten days. The incentive was to apply my product knowledge and I was recognized for the fact that I was modular qualified, and yet, out of 10 fully qualified therapists, I proved to be the chosen one due to my outstanding achievements in my capacity as a modular qualified therapist, and yet showing such potential in the industry.. My experience in Paris improved my confidence and my motivation, with the result that I became the Top Therapist on a monthly basis. In addition to this, for two consecutive years I was awarded first the annual Top Retail Sales award for achieving over R1 000 000 in retail sales alone. Secondly, I received the Top Sales trophy at the Chelsea Aesthetic Centre, one of the best rated salons in Cape Town.

In summary, three modules in Health and Skincare completed at Beauty Therapy Institute proved to be sufficient for me to make my way into the industry.  From there, the opportunities unfolded.

This is a very exiting and fast growing industry and I am so thrilled to be a part of it.

Kind regards

Riana Petersen


Riana Petersen


To view Beauty Therapy Institute Profile and Courses  – click here




NEW! Beauty courses at College SA!


The beauty therapy industry is bigger and more diverse than ever, and since it is so closely related to hairdressing and fashion, the opportunities in this field are endless! The demand for courses in beauty therapy has also grown considerably, so we are constantly upgrading the courses in our School of Beauty Studies.

College SA already offers both a Certificate and a Diploma course in Beauty Therapy, and we are proud to launch the newest course in this school: the College SA Certificate in Brow and Lash Services!

As many entrepreneurs pursue business opportunities in this market, the demand for qualified beauty therapists is growing by the day. Getting a qualification in this field gives you the freedom to work wherever you want. You can be doing your job while cruising around the world on a luxury liner or working on the set of a movie scene. If you are very driven, you can even run your own beauty salon. Your options are endless!





When you enrol for either

the College SA Certificate in Beauty Therapy or the College SA Diploma in Beauty Therapy,

you will receive the following items that will add value to your studies:

When you enrol for our NEW

College SA Certificate in Brow and Lash Services, you will receive the following items that will add value to your studies:

  • Welcome pack with College Kit items
  • Motivational Audio CD: Tactics for Winning by Ian Mann
  • The most up to date text books and study guides.
  • The Beauty Therapy Kit. This includes:
    • College SA drawstring bag
    • Mask brush
    • Sponges
    • Finger cots
    • Cuticle pusher
    • Cuticle nipper
    • White buffing block
    • 3-sided buffer
    • Foot file
    • Nail file
    • Toe separator
    • Disposable spatual
    • Saloncare make-up remover
    • Saloncare cleanser gel
    • Saloncare cleanser cream
    • Saloncare facial scrub
    • Saloncare toner
    • Saloncare moisturiser
    • Saloncare facial massage cream
    • Saloncare facial mask
    • Saloncare hand and foot soak
    • Saloncare manicure/pedicure mask
    • Saloncare foot balm
    • Saloncare manicure/pedicure massage cream
    • Saloncare foot exfoliator
    • Saloncare cuticle remover
    • Saloncare cuticle oil
    • Cutex top coat
    • Cutex base coat
    • Nail enamel – French colours
    • Nail enamel – Colour
  • Welcome pack with College Kit items
  • Motivational Audio CD: Tactics for Winning by Ian Mann
  • The most up to date text books and study guides. This includes:
    • Introduction to Business English by Y. Farham
    • Introduction to Business English Study Guide
    • English Handbook and Study Guide by B. Lutrin and M. Pincus
    • Entrepreneurship and How to Establish Your Own     Business by J. Strydom
    • Beauty Studies: Entrepreneurship Study Guide 1
    • Beauty Studies: Entrepreneurship Study Guide 2
    • Beauty Studies: Entrepreneurship Study Guide 3
    • Introduction to Beauty: Brow and Lash Services Workbook
    • The Beauty Brow and Lash Kit. This includes:
      • Artificial lash kit
      • Tweezers
      • Lash and Brow Tint
      • Brow brush
      • Headband






We hope that you are just as excited as us about these courses as we are! We want to offer our students only the best, so we are constantly upgrading and revising our course content.

If you are interested in finding out more about what we offer at College SA, please feel free to visit company profile and courses – Click Here.

We wish you all of the best with your future studies!

Warmest regards,
Jan Badenhorst
(College Principal)


Potchefstroom Academy Holiday School

Come visit our beautiful campus from 11-13 January 2011 for a holiday school and get a taste of student life and exciting careers. It promises to be an enriching learning experience and will help you  to make an informed decision about your future studies.

Potchefstroom Academy and SAAHST enjoy international recognition and comply with National Education Legislation. Ms Tina Schöltz, the Managing Director, established the institution in 1981 which has since grown into one of the largest private tertiary institutions of its kind in this country. The academy is situated in Potchefstroom, a vibrant student city.

We are known for training excellence in:

Beauty Therapy
Spa Therapy and Management
Therapeutic Reflexology
Therapeutic Aromatherapy
Therapeutic  Massage
Interior Design & Decorating

Student Life

Potchefstroom is synonymous with student life, as the North-West University (PUK campus) and a variety of colleges are also situated here.  Potchefstroom Academy’s Student Representative Council and House committees make sure that organised activities are part of a vibrant student life, creating precious memories. Highlight events include the annual formal and informal dinner-dances, crowning of Miss Academy, get-together-program, graduation ceremony and the First-year concert but there are much more! There is more than enough opportunity for sport and social interactions with students from other institutions.

Date: 11-13 January 2011
Contact: Marie Phillips at 082 889 9754

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The Makeup Issue presents the Art of Make-Up

The Makeup Issue was born 20 years ago from passion for beauty and fashion.  Our courses are specifically designed to qualify you as a professional individual and makeup artist.  We are renowned for our superb level of training, contributed by the fact that instruction is given by experienced and professional makeup artists that have been working, as is still actively working in the film and fashion industry.  Our lecturers bring in the latest fashion trends into their teachings.  What sets our academy apart from other institutions is that we regularly give students the opportunity to go out and assist the lecturers on fashion shows, productions and photographic/film shoots.  Current contracts such as Miss World, SA Elite Model Look, Face of Africa, SA Fashion Week (Audi, Jo’Burg, Durban and Cape Town), SA Music Awards,  to name but a few.  (For more contracts, please see the bottom of the page).  We want to give our students authentic insight into this exciting and competitive industry, and through this experience they often get recruited by some of the top production companies and cosmetic houses in the country.  “This experience is invaluable to our students”, comments founder and principal, Abie Viljoen.

Students are encouraged to participate in various makeup competitions throughout the year to increase their working experience and exposure to the industry.  We lay a lot of importance on comprehensive working knowledge, a full understanding of products and materials, but most important of all, a strong and professional portfolio.  This practical experience grooms the graduates for this highly competitive industry they are about to enter.  A successful artist need not only excel in the knowledge of the various techniques, but be professional in their approach and have an acute sense for business.

Abie Viljoen explains “Rather than focussing on past academic achievements, the most important traits are having a creative flair, maturity, a great personality and professionalism”.  Throughout the course there is strong emphasis on building an excellent portfolio which acts as the best marketing tool to showcase their skills, contrary to what others feel that a diploma or certificate from International institutions hold little credit alongside a powerful portfolio.  When the portfolios are handed in at the end of the course, and they are of a professional standard, the graduate will be placed on our books to be contracted out to clients on a freelance basis.

We accept both male and female students over the age of sixteen that has an interest and love for the film, fashion, TV and theatrical industry.  This course is also highly recommended for teachers of drama and dance.

We offer intensive training in the art of Make-Up and Hair Styling.  Incorporating: Bridal, Fashion, Film, Photography, Television, Theatrical and Special Effect

Continued contracts done by The Makeup Issue:

SA Model of the year 1995 to 2001,SA Fusion Cover, Miss Africa Renaissance, SA Ford Supermodel, Rooi Rose Moir’s Competition, Exposure Studio Promotions (body painting), Marcus Bruister Publicity (Silversands casino body painting), True Love Woman’s Day expo and SAB North Region Kick-start Awards, J & B Met – 1999 to 2001, Kyknet Model – 2003.


FULL -TIME MAKE-UP COURSE – R 18 000-00 (Two intakes a year, in January and  July)
PART -TIME MAKE-UP COURSE SATURDAYS – R 16 000-00 (Two intakes per year, in January and July)
PART -TIME MAKE-UP COURSE EVENINGS – R 16 000-00 (Two intakes per year, in January and July)
The make-up and hair course do run concurrently.


•    Basic skin care (Function and Anatomy of skin)
•    Preparation of skin for application of skin products and make-up
•    Lash and brow shaping and tinting
•    Choice and use of foundations (All types and makes)
•    Choice and use of professional make-up brushes


•    Day, Evening, Wedding (Natural, Medium, Dark look)
•    History on Make-Up and Fashion (1920’s to current trends)
•    Corrective make-up for all face shapes and skin types
•    Make-up for mature skins, ethnic & oriental
•    Cosmetic camouflage (concealing scars and blemishes)


•    The use of specialised lighting of Media and Commercials
•    Make-up for black & white and colour for Photographic shoots
•    Make-up for Avant Garde for T.V. and Ramp Shows
•    Make-up for mannequins and cabaret
•    Fantasia make-up for Fashion and T.V.
•    Glamour make-up for Fashion, Ramp and T.V.
•    Application of false eyelashes for top and bottom


•    Basic male and female make-up for stage and screen
•    Character make-up (Geisha girls, Kabuki, devils, demons, etc.)
•    Ageing of the face, neck and hands using latex and cream.
•    Pantomime – tiger, leopard, rabbit, cat, bird of paradise, etc.
•    Clowns, Dolls, Egyptian, Ballet etc.


•    Making bald caps from latex and plastic
•    Colouring of bald caps
•    Piece moulding – noses, chins, bags under eyes, etc.
•    Designing of wounds, injuries and scars
•    Use of theatrical blood, collodin and various materials in film making
•    Making beards, moustaches and eyebrows


•    Business Management, including how to become established as a freelance make-up and hair artist
•    How to invoice your clients
•    Self image in interview procedures
•    Rates for Make-up Artist and Hair stylist
•    Mini Manicure

Students will compile a portfolio of their work throughout the course.  Updating it as the course progresses as they help with make-up at local Theatres, Television productions and Fashion shoots. This portfolio used for job interviews after graduation.


Bio Sculpture Natal Promotion

This training will be to qualify you as a Bio Sculpture Nail Technician, with a Certificate of Merit. Once you have successfully completed the exam, you will receive a Certificate and Registration Code that is internationally recognised. On completion of this course, you will be qualified to open your own salon.

As a qualified Bio Sculpture Technician, you will be qualified in:

Clear and Colour Gel Overlays
Sculptures – extension of the natural nail
French Overlays
Upper Arch – to strengthen the nail
Silk Repairs on broken nails
Tip Application
After Care
Re-Growth Infills
Gel Removal
Basic Nail Art
Salon Ethics
Basic Hand Massage
Bio SPA Manicure     (optional)
Bio SPA Pedicure (optional)

We provide course specials of up to 50% discount for conversions from another system to Bio Sculpture…we also include our pedicure course for free when you do our five day international course.