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 620 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 and opening for individual training on 4 May 2020 within Covid-19 rules.

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.

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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The SA Leather Academy is proudly announcing that we are LEATHERTRAIN (Pty) Ltd on 1 September.

We are fully compliant with the full Covid 19 regulations and each workstation is regularly sanitized, hand sanitizers is supplied for each station. Masks are worn throughout the training.


  • Practical training in classic leather crafting
  • Designing and making a belt, handbag and travel bag, which are yours to keep.
  • All leather, fittings and chemicals used during the course are supplied
  • A basic tool set to get you going once  you get home (Only for Business course trainees)
  • A comprehensive training manual
  • Last but not least, marketing tips as well as the names of the top suppliers of leather making products in South Africa


The following Covid 19 rules apply to the SA Leather Academy

The entire training venue has been sanitised ensuring virus free environment

The students will be isolated in a one room training class during the entire course training

Face masks will be worn during training

Hand sanitisers is issued to students

During the entire course the instructor will adhere to the 2-meter distance from the student

Separate ablution facilities will be available to the student ensuring contamination safety

Course training times will be strictly from 08:00 to 16:30 daily

All tools and fittings have been sanitised and will be used by the student only, ensuring to outside contamination

For more information
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We look forward to hearing from you!


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