About Us

Our Story

We are an exclusive training facility that offers students the ITEC International Beauty Therapy Diploma as well as Short Courses. Individualised attention is guaranteed as each student develops and learns the skills to be internationally qualified. Our students have gone on to work locally and abroad in Salons, Spas and on the cruise liners. Within the year the students are offered extensive product house training including Environ Skincare and Sorbet brands so that they are well equipped and Salon ready by the time they qualify.

The Academy was established in 2008 by Lara Kawalsky who is the Principal and owner. Lara has more than 20 years experience as a lecturer in Health & Skincare, specialising in Nail Technology, Anatomy & Physiology and Business studies. Her extensive experience in the field and educational qualifications has inspired her to open an Academy dedicated to the specialised training of students, leading to an internationally recognised diploma and exciting career prospects. The Academy is conveniently situated in the heart of Cape Town near the bus and train stations.

Team
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Founder & CEO

Meet our CEO & Founder: Lara Kawalsky

Radiography, ITEC international diploma (Beauty Therapy, Nail Technology, Nail Art), Cibtac International Diploma (Nail Technology), Cidesco international diploma (Beauty Therapy). B.Tech. Post School Education. 

Lara has more than 20 years experience as a lecturer in Health & Skincare, specialising in Nail Technology. Her extensive experience in the field and educational qualifications has inspired her to open an Academy dedicated to the specialised training of students, leading to an internationally recognised diploma and exciting career prospects. 

During her successful teaching career, many of her students have been successfully employed abroad, locally and on luxury cruise liners. We pride ourselves on successfully qualifying our students and finding them placements in the industry. Interviews with luxury cruise liner employment are held regularly at the Academy.

Our Team

Yolande Breedt

Lecturer

Yolande has been training short course students for 8 years. Many students that have graduated from the program are working in salons in and around Cape Town.

Monique Klein

Lecturer

Monique teaches the ITEC Part Time students. This is a new programme that we piloted in June 2018 and have already seen graduates thrive in the industry. Monique brings her years of salon expertise to the classroom.

Monique Adonis

Office Administration

Monique is our office administrator and personal assistant to Lara. She ensures the smooth running of the day-to-day administration of the academy.

Charlene Dearham

Lecturer

Charlene is our ITEC Full Time lecturer. Charlene specializes in  Manicures & Pedicures, Waxing, Make-up & Nail Technology. Charlene brings salon experience, especially acrylic and gel.