5-Day Essential Skills Course

Are you ready for an extraordinary experience, guaranteed to be a life-time personal investment. Be assured that the week will be jam-packed with fun, hard work and personal accomplishment. During a minimum of 45 hours of practical hands-on training we cover a lot of information and a range of techniques and skills. The course is suitable for all skill levels, from beginners onwards. You will leave feeling well equipped to start with independent manufacturing.



Monday to Friday from 08:30 to 17:00. Light lunch will be served during a 30-minute break.


Cape Town based courses: 7 Turner Street, Bellville, or as per individual arrangement.
Inland Courses: To be confirmed per course location. Refer to the provided training schedule.

Group size:

Limited availability:

Max 3 students per Cape Town Course

Max 6 students per inland course

Standard Course Fee:

R12 500 per person: Cape Town Based Courses

R13 500 per person: Inland Courses

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A start-up toolbox to the value of R3 500.

Leather and all else you need to manufacture at least a belt and one of a Handbag, Tote Bag or Back-Pack.

Patterns in addition to those of the items you manufactured.

Light lunch, and refreshments.


Key areas to be covered:

Introduction to types of leather, reading leather & leather care; The practical use and maintenance of hand tools; Hand-stitching techniques;

Coloring of vegetable tanned leather;

Basic product & pattern design, layout and cutting;

Manufacturing from start to finish: workflow, lining of items, fitment of zips and hardware, manufacturing and fitment of straps, handles and slings;

Supplier information and notes on product costing;

How to Register:

Please confirm availability for a specific location and course date, then click the button below to register online

If you register to attend the Essential Skills and Follow on Courses over two consecutive weeks, please submit a separate registration for each course.

You will receive an invoice via email.

Please note that availability is limited and that we work on a first come, first served basis.

In order to secure your booking a deposit payment is required within 48 hours of invoice being sent.