Full-time Courses

Massage Technology

5 star beauty courses

Massages have been used as a healing and relaxation technique for thousands of years.

In our 6 month Massage Technology course, you get to learn a variety of massage techniques, covering Swedish Body Massage, Indian Head Massage, Infant Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Lomi-Lomi/Hawaiian Massage.

Additional: Kit & books (Included)


REG FEE: R1 650


Makeup Artistry for Film & Television Industry

5 star beauty courses

Learn to make magic with the stroke of a brush and take the master class in makeup and beauty with the Hydro makeup artistry full-time course.

A makeup artist’s medium is the human body, and in this exciting course we learn all about applying makeup and prosthetics for theatrical, TV, film, fashion, magazine shoots and other similar productions including all aspects of the fashion and film industry.

Course Content
Introduction – Basic Skincare

  • Skin preparation for the application of skin products and makeup

  • Lash and brow shaping and tinting

  • Selection and use of various foundations

  • Selection and use of makeup brushes

Daytime Makeup, Evening Makeup & Bridal Makeup

  • Corrective makeup

  • Makeup for various skin tones and types

  • Cosmetic camouflage for covering scars, blemishes and pigmentation

  • Traditional styles of makeup:

  • American, French and Japanese makeup

Photographic, TV, Film, Stage, Ramp, Fashion & Competition Makeup

  • The use of specialised lighting for media and commercials

  • Makeup for black and white, and colour photographic shoots

  • Makeup for avant-garde TV

  • Makeup for fashion models and shows

  • Fantasia makeup for fashion and TV

  • Glamour makeup

  • Application of false eyelashes for top and bottom lashes

  • Ballet, opera and theatre makeup

Film & Stage Makeup – Basic Male & Female Makeup for Stage & Screen

  • Character makeup: Geisha girls, devils, witches fantasy characters

  • Ageing of the face, neck and hands using latex cream

  • Pantomime makeup: Tiger, leopard, cat, bird of paradise

  • Various types of clowns, Dracula,

  • Frankenstein, gothic era makeup & body painting

Special Effects Makeup

  • Making bald caps from latex and plastic

  • Colouring of bald caps

  • Piece molding for noses, chins, bags under the eyes etc.

  • Creating wounds, scars, burns, injuries and cuts

  • Use of theatrical blood, collodion solution and various materials used in filmmaking

  • Knotting of beards, moustaches
    Dry foam

Additional: Kit, books, uniforms, international awards (not compulsory)

R25 000/year

REG FEE: R1 650



National Certificate in Beauty & Nail Technology

Course Content
Swedish Massage
Swedish massage is the most common type of massage at the spa. It is based on western concepts of anatomy and physiology as opposed to energy work. It can be slow and gentle, or vigorous and bracing.
Indian Head Massage
Indian head massage is the timeless and relaxing technique of manipulating soft tissues in the shoulders and scalp. The therapist is trained to use a range of different massage pressures.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage is a deeply relaxing massage that combines the penetrating effect of hot stones with the soothing effect of a manual massage.
Infant Massage
The infants massage course is designed to teach the theory and practice of baby massage therapy. Infant or paediatric massage refers to the process of stroking the muscles of infants using a variety of specialised massage techniques. Vocalisation, eye-to-eye contact, and other positive behavioural reinforcements are also important components of this massage.
African Calabash Massage
The African Calabash massage uses various shapes and sizes of calabash as a natural and effective massage tool, providing a deeper dimension to massage by improving circulation and lymph drainage.
Bamboo Massage
Bamboo Massage is a unique way of providing a deep-tissue massage with the use of heated bamboos to roll and knead the tissues, creating an extreme sensation of deep relaxation.
Nail Technology
A nail-care technician focuses on creating beautiful fingernails and toenails for clients by performing gel, silk, acrylic, and fiber procedures.
Eyelash Extensions
Eyelash extensions are aesthetic enhancements designed to add length, thickness and fullness to natural eyelashes.
The art of applying makeup to a client. This module will include day, evening, bridal and fashion makeup application.
Brow Tinting and Shaping
Tinting and shaping creates a very natural and flattering look. Eyebrow tinting helps eliminate the use of pencils to create an even shape and eyelash tinting adds colour, length, and definition, making it unnecessary to wear mascara.
Manual Facial
A facial is a procedure involving a variety of skin treatments, including: steam, exfoliation, extractions, specialised treatment products and massage.
Learn the best techniques in temporary hair removal using various types of wax products and tools.
This popular cosmetic treatment of the hands involves shaping and often the painting of the nails, as well cuticle removal.
Learn to perform the perfect pedicure which includes cuticle work, nail shaping and, filing and buffing and colour application.
Fundamental Theory
Our focus is on underpinning the principles and knowledge behind the beauty business. This includes business management and knowledge of commerce focusing on small to medium spa or salon businesses.

Course Duration: 1 Year

SAQA ID: 80646
Additional: kit, books, uniforms, international award (not compulsory)

R47 000

REG FEE: R1 650



National Certificate in Hairdressing

5 star beauty courses

Indulge your hair-care obsession and master the tricks of the trade, with all the styling tools you’ll need to succeed.

Our hairdressing qualification is ideal for learners who are passionate about hairstyling and would like to pursue a career as a professional hairdresser. Our training is performed on Native African American, Ethnic and Caucasian hair.

Learners can also do an International Award in hairdressing (level 2 & 3).

Course Content
  • Hairstyling techniques
  • Pin curls and finger waves
  • Shampoo, condition and treat scalp and hair
  • Anatomy & physiology
  • Market retail products and services in the salon environment
  • Advanced head massage
  • Chemical relaxing and chemical straightening
  • Hair braiding and dreadlock techniques
  • Cut and shape (men’s hair) –
  • Advanced cutting techniques
  • Cut and shape (ladies’ hair) –
  • Advanced cutting techniques
  • Barbering – Hot towel and shaving service
  • Hair colouring services
  • Advanced hair colouring services
  • Perming services
  • Competition techniques
  • Hair extension services
  • Product training
  • Business studies
  • Makeup (basic, bridal, photographic makeup)
  • Health & safety

Additional: Kit, book uniform, international awards (not compulsory)

Equipment: Hairdressing tools are to be purchased by the students. A list of tools will be provided.

R45 000

REG FEE: R1 650


A beauty consultant is someone who provides advice about personal appearance, with a focus on making someone look more beautiful and professionally polished. This course is suitable for those wishing to work within large cosmetic houses, within beauty clinics as support sales staff. Or as skincare and make up company representatives.

Study in amazing surroundings, with the best spa training in South Africa. Our courses are Nationally Accredited by SERVICES SETA.

Full-Time Beauty Consultation

5 star beauty courses


Beauty consultants work in the cosmetics retail industry. They help customers to choose the right beauty products to make the most of their personal appearance and to suit their age, skin type and lifestyle. You can work independently, self-employed in either a mobile or in home based settings.

This one year course is designed for professionals with ambitions to work in the beauty industry, or people with a general interest in make-up artistry.

The course covers communication skills, sales, retailing, merchandising, displaying and control of stock, entrepreneurship, skincare, make up application and instruction and health and safety.


There is an interview prior to acceptance on the course.

Where can I go next

Upon successful completion you will have the opportunity to progress within the field of Beauty. You could then pursue career options in beauty sales, media and photographic work as well as worldwide travel working on board cruise liners

Course Duration: 1 Year

SAQA ID: 80646

course content

* Day Make up | Evening Make Up | Bridal Make Up | Photography | Corrective Make Up | Traditional Styles – French / American / Japanese

(includes books & kit)

R1966 pm

REG FEE: R1 650


Full-Time Cosmetology

5 star beauty courses



Hair, Skin, and Nails. The beauty industry triple threat. Expand your knowledge on this essential trio with the practical and professional full-time cosmetology course.

This course combines the Hairdressing, Beauty and Nail Technology courses. By completing training, the graduate has a comprehensive understanding of each discipline. This course is ideal for the budding entrepreneur that is looking to launch their own business in this lucrative industry.

Additional: Kit, books, and uniforms

R42 500/year

REG FEE: R1 650



Hydro International College offers students the Health & Skincare Nationally (Previously known as Somatology) and Internationally Accredited Diploma (OPTIONAL), which will ensure the graduate an opening to the professional beauty industry. Hydro Internal College is the portal to worldwide opportunities.

Study in amazing surroundings, with the best spa training in South Africa. Our courses are Nationally Accredited by SERVICES SETA.

National Diploma in Health and Skincare

Course Content
1st Year2nd Year3rd Year

  • Anatomy & Physiology 1

  • First-Aid

  • Nutrition

  • Business Management

  • Communication & Image Projection

  • Basic Science

  • Consultation

  • Hygiene & Sterilisation

  • Facial Therapy 1

  • Makeup

  • Manicures & Pedicures

  • Brow Tinting & Shaping

  • Body Alignment

  • Waxing

  • Swedish Massage

  • Anatomy & Physiology 2

  • Dietetics

  • Nutrition 2

  • Indian Head Massage

  • Aromatherapy 1 – Massage

  • Reflexology 1 – Foot Massage

  • Body Electricals

  • Facial Electricals

  • Bamboo Massage

  • Calabash Massage

  • Chemistry

  • Business

Spa Management

  • Spa Therapy
  • Spa Management
  • Complementary Therapies (Lomi Lomi, Indian Head
  • Massage, Basalt Stone Massage, Infant Massage, Himalayan Salt Massage, Ear Candling)
  • Aromatherapy 2
  • Reflexology 2
  • Manual Lymph Drainage


  • Dermal Science
  • Skin Resurfacing (microdermabrasion, laser, skin peels, micro-needling, Dermapen)
  • Ageing

    Advanced Procedures

  • Electrolysis
  • Permanent Makeup
  • Microblading
  • Lash Lifting
  • Advanced Epilation


  • Acrylic Nail Enhancements
  • Gel Nail Enhancements
  • Silk & Fibre Nail Enhancements
  • Eyelash Extensions
  • Nail Art
  • 5 star beauty courses



    South Africa shares the global recognition that in a demanding economic climate the youth requires learning beyond high school. Hydro international College gives the students the confidence and professionalism to go out proudly and experience this incredible industry.

    Skincare therapy includes modules such as Business Management which will help in entrepreneurship. In Body Therapy  students get to study psychology 1, this will give them a better understanding of their clients’ needs. In Holistic & Natural Therapies the clients’ needs from head to toe are observed and treated.

    Achieve excellence and open yourself to further opportunities.

    Course Duration: 3 Years

    SAQA ID: 58310 (LP 65112).
    Additional: Kit, books, uniform, international awards (not compulsory)

    R52 500/year

    REG FEE: R1 650

    DEPOSIT: R4 950



    Course NameCourse PriceDepositRegistration Fee
    National Diploma in Health and SkincareR52500 /yearR4 950R1 650
    Makeup Artistry for Film & Television IndustryR25000R4 950R1 650
    National Certificate in Beauty & Nail TechnologyR47000R4 950R1 650
    National Certificate in Hairdressing (For level 2, 3 & 4)R45000R4 950R1 650
    Full-Time CosmetologyR42500 /yearR4 950R1 650
    Full-Time Beauty ConsultationR24500R3 000R1 650

    Nationally accredited by SERVICES SETA

    SETA Accreditation Number 3739
    DHET Registration Number 2011/FE07/033
    Payment Terms Available

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