ISA Carstens Academy

Becoming An Aesthetician

Make Your Mark on the Industry with Our Innovative Aesthetician Courses

The world of beauty is fast becoming one of the most competitive sectors in South Africa. With social media and video sharing platforms such as YouTube, the spotlight on skincare, makeup, and aesthetics shine brighter than ever before. So, how does one make it in this vast and intimidating field? Our quintessential aesthetician courses will not only qualify you for a range of opportunities but give you the confidence needed to make it big in the industry.

A Diploma in Somatology

Whether you wish to work in health and wellness within South Africa or abroad, you will need the right qualification to set you apart. Our somatology programme is one of our full-time aesthetician courses that opens plenty of doors – from working in skincare clinics to jobs on cruise liners. The three-year course focuses on modules such as anatomy and physiology, nutrition, practical work, cosmetic science, and even business planning.

An Advanced Diploma in Dermal Aesthetics

If you are currently on the lookout for part-time aesthetician courses, then our Advanced Diploma In Dermal Aesthetics is ideal. This one-year distance learning diploma will benefit students who wish to work in medical spas, dental spas, and medical aesthetic practices. While the course offers independent study done in your own time, on-campus contact sessions throughout the year are available. Practical modules in the course include microneedling, IPL and laser, advanced chemical peels, and more.

Our Short Learning Programmes

Whether you would like a short programme to kickstart your career, a post-graduate qualification, or if you are seeking advanced aesthetician courses, our short learning programmes are a great place to start. We offer general training programmes in the following:

  • Microneedling
  • Dermaplaning
  • Laser and light therapies
  • Lomi Lomi massage
  • Swedish body massage
  • Eyelash extensions
  • Makeup application and techniques
  • Nail enhancement
  • A Higher Certificate in Front Office Administration
  • Threading hair removal
  • Waxing hair removal

Our post-qualification aesthetician courses include more advanced modules such as wound healing, ageing skin, and dealing with a variety of skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, and pigmentation.


We have student accommodation available at both our Pretoria and Stellenbosch residences. Our rooms are fully furnished and safe – and only a few minutes from all the necessary amenities. Other features such as secure, undercover parking, catering facilities, and the available Internet all make our residences an attractive draw to students.

If you would like to study with us and start your career the right way, then we look forward to hearing from you. For more information on our programmes and how to enrol with us, please complete our online form and we will be in touch.