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 560 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 Old Tannery 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. 

Ø Basic one day course: Introduction to leathercraft, making a belt and smalls.


  • 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 Academy has arranged for preferred accommodation at the La Rochelle Guesthouse in Wellington. 

For more information, contact Vicky Stander Neethling on 0764911245 
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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!