Urban Beauty Academy

Holistic Massage & Nail Technology Course

Urban Beauty Academy offers an exceptional course in Holistic Massage & Nail Technology, allowing students to walk away with an ITEC International Certification in Holistic Massage & Nail Technology, as well as a Services SETA Certificate in Beauty &  Nail Technology.

The course information below is separated by each certification and outline in accordance with the institution of accreditation.


  • International certificate in holistic massage and nail technology level 3 and 4 diploma (ITEC)
  • Service SETA level 4 nail technology and massage certification SAQA 80646

Urban Beauty Academy offers certificate in Nail Technology level 4 and Certificate in Massage Therapy level 4 . Having met all assessment and moderation requirements and certification endorsed by the Services SETA, our students are in possession of accredited educational qualifications when they exit that will be recognized both nationally and internationally.

The Beauty and Nail Technology Level 4 qualification allows access to students after Grade 9 and/or Post-Matric. The primary purpose of this qualification is to empower students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required to succeed in the beauty industry. These qualifications lay the foundation for life long learning as well as creating the opportunity for further education.

The course meets the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) criteria and standards in terms of duration and structured work placement. The success of this placement ensures that students have relevant industry exposure during their studies. This equips them with all the relevant theoretical, practical and reflexive skills and competencies that make them marketable for employment or becoming self-employed. These qualifications simultaneously provide the required fundamental learning to access related studies at further education level. After qualification and the required industry hours the student will have access into the Beauty Industry.

At Urban Beauty Academy we also afford the students the opportunity to complete an international qualification.



The Urban Beauty Academy Beauty Therapy Department is fully accredited to offer the International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC) qualifications. ITEC has been awarding high quality and respected industry qualifications since 1947. It is now one of the world’s leading and most successful awarding bodies specialising in the Beauty and Complementary Therapy sectors. In 2011 ITEC awarded over 38 000 Certifications in over 38 countries.

ITEC offers one of the largest beauty qualification portfolios including qualifications for employability, specialist subjects and skills enhancement leading to Continuous Professional Development (CPD). The Urban Beauty Academy with ITEC ensures that the qualifications obtained from the institution have global recognition and that they meet the quality standards as required, both nationally and internationally.

The Beauty Therapy ITEC qualification commences at Level 2 to allow access to those that have successfully completed Grade 9. This qualification offers the prospective student an opportunity to gain theoretical, practical and integrated college and industry work experience thereby ensuring readiness for employment. The qualification offers a structured work placement component.

After each level the student will acquire various new skills sets and competencies whilst building on previously acquired knowledge and experience.

Upon successfully completing this course you will become a qualified Stylist with general skills or a qualified Stylist specialising in specific areas of choice.  You will be proficient in the skills offered in this course and will be qualified to supply services in:

  • Setting up a salon
  • Coordinate and perform a Salon service
  • Perform Nail services
  • Perform Massage services
  • Professional Customer Care
  • Salon Reception Duties

Your qualification will open doors for you and allow you to fulfill on opportunities in the following industries:

  • Massage therapist
  • Nail technicians on cruise liners
  • Entrepreneurs working from home
  • Spa receptionist
  • Urban beauty salon owner
  • Salon Reception and administration
  • Deportment in the work place
  • Communication in the workplace
  • Handle customer complaints
  • Operate a computer in a salon environment – online booking
  • system
  • Health and Safety
  • Prepare and perform consultation services
  • Applied Anatomoy and Physiology of the body
  • Perform a relaxing full body massage
  • Perform a manicure and pedicure service
  • Apply gel enhancement
  • Apply liquid and powder enhancement
  • Apply fibre/silk enhancement
  • Perform specialized manicure and pedicure services
  • Prepare and perform nail art services
  • Professional Conduct and Business awareness

Grade 9 or equivalent for entry into Level 2

  • Students must meet the personality profile of a prospective Beauty Therapy Candidate.
  • Students must be physically fit.

Students will be required to complete a competency test for literacy and numeracy, a placement test and undergo an individual interview process to assess suitability prior to acceptance.

  • 6 months
  • Enrolment in January (Part-time –not available)