Beauty Therapist



OFO No: 514207





Other names for Beauty Therapist:

  • Somatologist
  • Beauty Technologist
  • Health and Skin-care Therapist
  • Spa Therapist

What is a Beauty Therapist?

A Beauty Therapist specialises in beauty treatments for the face and body. 

These treatments vary from one salon to another but include some of the following:  various massages and facials, hair removal treatments, pedicures and manicures, eyebrow & lash treatments, tanning, tinting and waxing. 

Some salons may even specialise in Botox, electrolysis, cellulite treatments, lymphatic drainage etc. 

Some sell cosmetics and advise their clients on skin care.

They are responsible for making their clients feel good about themselves.

Beauty Therapists can work in a salon, a department store, on cruise ships or work from home.

What does a Beauty Therapist do?

  • answers the phone
  • takes bookings or answers queries
  • meets and greets clients
  • discussses beauty treatments with client and advises on options
  • performs the treatment/s requested
  • cleans and/or sterilises all equipment
  • tidies treatment cubicle
  • advises on cosmetics

Are you … ?

  • interested in the field of beauty?
  • good with your hands?
  • professional?
  • hygienic?
  • neat and presentable?
  • warm and open?
  • friendly?
  • caring?
  • fit with high stamina levels?
  • good with time management?

How do I become a Beauty Therapist?

Most employers want you to have a relevant qualification be registered with one or more of the following:

  • CIDESCO – Comité International d’Esthétique et de Cosmétologie
  • SAAHSP – South African Association of Health and Skincare Professional
  • ITEC and City Guilds

There are many places you can study beauty therapy. There are public as well as private instititutions.

TVET colleges may offer beauty therapy courses.

We advise contacting these institutions directly.

Visit the Career Planet Training Institutions page to find your nearest FET College.

You will need a a matric and qualification:

Path 1

  • Diploma in Somatology

Path 2

Univeristy of Technology

  • National Diploma in Somatology
  • Bachelor of Technology in Somatology

Path 3

  • Relevant NQF Level 5 qualification
  • Advanced Higher Diploma in Somatology


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Make-up Artist or Fashion Stylist

Is becoming a Beauty Therapist the right career choice for me?