SA Leather Academy (Est 1983)

Training students to world standards

SA's original leather crafting course

Our leather craft courses will enable you to start your own home based leather business. Even if you have never worked with leather, in just ten days we can teach you the manufacturing skills to make top quality genuine leather handbags, briefcases, travel bags, belts, leather smalls etc.

These are courses in hand and not machine manufacturing.  You will learn by designing and making actual products  (Depending on which course choice you make)– at least one hand stitched belt, one handbag, one briefcase or travel bag, a set of manufacturing examples and range of smalls. Training is very practical and done in an actual workshop.  

The Academy has trained over 700 students from as far as Brazil, the UK, the USA and all over Africa and South-Africa over the past 10 years. Our unique course is based on the experience of Frik van Jaarsveld who has been doing leather craft work for more than 30 years.

We are in Wellington in the Western Cape.

What you get when you join us on our courses:

 Ø Business course: Our “Rolls Royce” two-week course that is all inclusive and will prepare you for your own home-based business. Tool-set, fittings and all the leather you need is included.

Short course - 5 day short course making a belt and handbag as well as a range of smalls.

NEW: SANDAL MAKING COURSE: Five-day course in sandal making totally by hand. All tools and machines supplied. Brochure on request. 

Ø Basic one day course: Introduction to leathercraft, making a

 belt and smalls. 

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NEW - GREAT NEWS- The SA Leather Academy has just launched their new advanced MASTERS CRAFT COURSE -ask for our PDF brochure for more information!

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Helping South Africa for the past 30 years out of poverty with skills training and knowledge!