Aesthetic Training Academy

Why train at our Aesthetic Training Academy?

The Aesthetic Training Academy provides specialist professionally training for qualified Beauty Therapists, Somatologists and Medical/Healthcare Professionals, who wish to learn and develop their skills, knowledge and experience in non-surgical aesthetic treatments. We are committed in providing the best training available and through our ongoing research, develop quality, in-depth non brand specific training courses. We also provide ongoing support to our attendees.

Our training courses are approved and accredited with SAAHSP and CPD points will be awarded.




“I started my career in the IT industry in 1982 and as a hobby I decided to study beauty therapy.”

I qualified as a Somatologist with ITEC and CIDESCO in 1989 and opened my first salon in Bedfordview. My passion for this field let me to leave the IT industry completely and concentrate only on giving the best treatments and advise to my clients in my own salon.”

Soon after, I moved with my husband to a farm in Groblersdal, Mpumalanga, and couldn’t resist opening a day spa on the farm. “I enjoyed this immensely as the rustic setting of the farm added to the ambience of the day spa.”

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In 2007, I opened L’Orange Wellness Aesthetic Clinic in Weltevreden Park, after having successfully owned and run Le Chic de Beaute Palais, both at Village Walk and Ferndale Medical Centre until April 2007 and October 2007 respectively, when I sold both salons to start afresh, specialising in Aesthetic treatments.

My passion lies in facial aesthetic therapy including chemical peels, ranging from very superficial to medium deep, laser therapy for hair removal, photo rejuvination, treating all forms of acne as well as treating pigmentation problems. Permanent make-up, medical tattooing and chemical extraction tattoo removal are also offered at this clinic, as well as slimming treatments using a weight loss assist program. My latest treatments offered are plasma pen skin tightening and wrinkle reduction. I pride myself in offering the latest in available treatments and in above standard treatment practise and ethics.

Since completing my SDF certification and qualifications I wanted to get back into skills development and training and to make sure that the training provided is according to unit standards and within the national qualification framework.

I currently train for Veeway in Rejuvi treatments and products, Rejuvi chemical extraction tattoo removal, Permanent and corrective make-up, including embroidery/microblading technique and various machine training, including mesotherapy electroportation, RF, HIPL laser and cavitation.

I also lecture at Potchefstroom Academy (SAAHST) – the permanent make-up short courses since Jan 2018.

I am an active member of our professional body SAAHSP (South African Association of Health & Skin Care Professionals) and have been a committee member in 2003-2005 as well as a board member in 2017-2018.

In 2018, I opened my own Aesthetic Training Academy with Maria Avraamides under the name of Holistic Emporium Aesthetic Training Academy and we have started rolling out specialist advanced aesthetic training for qualified Beauty Therapists, Somatologists and Medical Professionals. I am proud to announce that we feel it is time to re-brand with a new logo under the name of AESTHETIC TRAINING ACADEMY.  The courses currently on offer are Plasma pen treatments, Microneedling (CIT), Permanent make-up (all modalities), Tattoo removal (all modelalities). Our courses have already been accredited through SAAHSP and award CPD points.

Our aim and mission is to set a standard for aesthetic treatments in South Africa. Our skills and specialisation training courses and accompanying competency certificates are available to qualified Beauty Therapists, Somatologists and Medical Professionals.


To set THE standard in Aesthetic and Advanced Aesthetic training for qualified Beauty Therapist, Somatologist and Medical/Healthcare Professionals within their respective Scope of Practice.



  • To ensure continual profession development (CPD)
  • To always strive towards the highest standards in training, service delivery, ethics and integrity
  • To develop quality in-depth theory and practical training courses
  • To assist our course attendees with ongoing support
  • To broaden knowledge through continuous research
  • To stay abreast of the latest aesthetic treatments available and make these training courses available in South Africa
  • To ensure that our training courses are nationally and where possible internationally accredited

Andrea Pretorius

I personally can say that you will not find any better training, Susanne goes the extra mile to teach you everything you need to know. I will recommend her training to everyone!

Andrea Pretorius

Suzette Engelbrecht 

I’ve done a lot of research to find the best training for Plasma Pen Treatments in South Africa.  And I did! I had my one on one training done in June/July 2021 with Suzanne at Aesthetic Training Academy. It was a wonderful experience! The theory as well as the practical was extremely thorough! The manual is packed with Information and once training is done, she’s still there to help and advice! The best training experience I had by far! She’s passionate about her work, and I love that! Thank you Suzanne for your ongoing support and for giving me the confidence to do this amazing treatment with success!

Suzette Engelbrecht 


“What a wonderful experience. I strongly recommend this Academy to those who are interested in venturing into aesthetics. It is authentic, you will learn a lot and Susanne the principal is just awesome. I’m a medical doctor by profession but this academy taught me something more in terms of luxury skin care and skin health preservation, not just looking at a skin from a disease perspective. As I will be starting my aesthetic clinic, Sue gave me a lot of contacts for product houses and consumables.”

Nhlanhla Mntungwa

Basic Plasma Pen training course

“I would like to extend my thanks to both of you for an informative and excellently presented course. It exceeded all my expectations and I was pleasantly surprised at how well the online training worked.I will definitely make use of your other courses in the future and would highly recommend you to anyone who asks.”

Willemien Book

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