SA Leather Academy Pty Ltd

Training students to world standards

SA's original leather crafting course

This leather craft course 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.

This is a course in hand and not machine manufacturing.  You will learn by designing and making actual products – 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 474 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 the scenic countryside of Joosternbergvlakte, just outside Cape Town. 

What you get when you join us on the course:


  • 10 days' 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
  • A comprehensive training manual
  • Accommodation for 12 nights in a private room with your own bathroom
  • All meals are included, except over the weekend
  • Last but not least, marketing tips as well as the names of the top suppliers of leather making products in South Africa


For more information, contact us on 0722210200 
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We look forward to hearing from you!


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