The Isa Carstens Academy (Pty) Ltd is registered as a private higher education institution with the Department of Higher Education and Training. Before an institution and its programmes can be registered, it must be accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC). Accreditation includes the assessment of an institutions resources, capacity and expertise to offer an acceptable standard of education.
By complying with the requirements of the Higher Education Act and its regulations, the Isa Carstens Academy ensures that our students obtain qualifications that are aligned with the national qualifications framework (NQF). This registration therefore confirms our quality standards. Our Registration Certificate Number is 2000/HE07/025. To verify this, you may also go to .saqa.org.za and look on the list of registered higher education institutions.
The Isa Carstens Academy (Pty) Ltd is a member of:
SAAHSP (South African Association of Health and Skin Care Professionals)
CIDESCO (Comit� International dEsth�tique et de Cosm�tologie)
APPETD (Association of Private Providers of Education, Training and Development)
YOUR PASSPORT TO THE WORLD OF WELLNESS
The Isa Carstens Academy is one of the most reputable learning institutions for students who wish to follow a career path in the health and wellness industry. Established in 1978, we have a proud history of providing quality education and services to students from all over South Africa and further afield. Our reputation for excellence is built on our adherence to international quality standards and the value of trusted relationships. The Academy was also the first CIDESCO-accredited institution in South Africa based on the quality of our programmes.
We offer the following courses at our Stellenbosch campus and Pretoria campus:
Diploma in Somatology: This 3-year diploma is internationally recognised, which makes it highly portable and allows graduates to work anywhere in the world. Our learning philosophy is based on a combination of classroom-based contact sessions and in-service training.
Gap-year in Beauty Technology: This 1-year course covers a wide range of short modules, and combines skills acquiring with the fun of being a student. (This course does not lead to a registered qualification on the NQF.)
Today, alumni of the Isa Carstens Academy can be found all over the world as owners, managers and/or therapists in wellness centres and cosmetic houses and on luxury ocean liners. They also work in the field of medical aesthetics (dermatology, plastic surgery, etc.) or as lecturers and researchers.
As a responsible corporate citizen, we engage with all our stakeholders and take into account the social and natural environment in which we operate.
WHY CHOOSE US?
The Isa Carstens Academy is a reputable institution with a proud history.
We were the first SA training institution to receive international recognition from CIDESCO.
We offer a 3-year Diploma in Somatology and a Gap-Year Course.
We have campuses in Stellenbosch and Pretoria.
We combine theory with real-world practical experience.
We have an exceptionally high employment rate after the completion of studies.
We have trained over 2 000 qualified therapists since 1978.
Registered with Department of Higher Education and Training.
Member of SAAHSP, CIDESCO and APPETD.
VISION, MISSION AND VALUES
The Isa Carstens Academy strives to be a superior service provider to the health, skin care and wellness industry.
The Isa Carstens Academy strives, with integrity, to provide the highest professional standard of education and training to ensure that we develop highly skilled and
employable therapists. As a dedicated team, we strive to realise this by:
Serving the best interest of our students mental, physical and intellectual needs so that they may achieve excellence and become employable therapists
Ensuring that we obtain and develop new knowledge in our field of training
Maintaining a high ethical code of conduct and setting a professional standard which will instil pride in our students and the Isa Carstens Academy.
We value the following in our approach to the world of wellness:
Passion for the industry we find joy in our work
Commitment to excellence excellence has no finish line
Professionalism we serve our clients with respect and in an ethical and professional manner
Holistic approach our outlook includes mind, body and spirit
Inspiration to innovate we encourage innovation and new ideas in our business relations and conduct with our stakeholders.
Academic Board: The Academic Board of the Isa Carstens Academy is represented by members of the Health and Skin Care Industry and academics from reputable universities and private providers in South Africa. As the highest decision-making authority of the Academy, the academic board oversees all academic quality assurance processes, ensuring that students receive the required knowledge, skills and expertise to meet the demands of the market place and to excel in a local and international working environment.
Academic Committee: The Academic Committee ensures that the Academys education department functions at the highest level to implement quality programmes and offer industry-standard supporting guides and lecture notes.
HISTORY: THE STORY OF OUR BEGINNING
Isa Carstens, founder of the Isa Carstens Academy, was an international renowned therapist, businesswoman and educationalist. She founded the Academy in the historic town of Stellenbosch in 1978.
A woman of stature and vision, she created a facility offering the best possible training in the field of Health and Skin Care therapy in South Africa. In 1978, the Isa Carstens Academy (ICA) became the first South African school recognised by the Swiss-based CIDESCO (Comit� International dEsthtique et de Cosmotologie).
To ensure that the latest technology and training methods were applied at the school, she studied abroad in Vienna, France, Italy and Britain. She was invited to make presentations at CIDESCO World Congresses in 1984, 1986, 1992 and was appointed national examiner for CIDESCO in 1985, sharing her extensive knowledge and experience freely and widely. Mrs Carstens was a founder member of the South African Institute of Health and Beauty Therapy (SAIHBTh), now called South African Association of Health and Skin Care Professionals (SAAHSP) and was president from 1990 to 1993. In 1994, she was awarded the first M�daile DEsthetique for Educational Services by CIDESCO for her outstanding contribution to education.
Mrs Isa Carstens passed away on 28 December 2002. In 1993, Isabel Carstens-Roos took over as Managing Director of the Isa Carstens Academy, following in the footsteps of her mother. In 1999, the Academy was the provincial winner and a national finalist in Old Mutual and Business Partners for Service Excellence competition. In 2007, Isabel Carstens-Roos was awarded the Medaille du Merite for high standards and professionalism by CISESCO.
First Floor Aan de Gragt Building, 5 Plein Street
PO Box 149
Tania van Niekerk
021 883 9777
086 742 2060
Aan de Gragt Building
5 Plein Street
Education and Training Manager
012 348 0125
086 540 8289
426 Kings Highway
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