Mrs Tina Schöltz, our Managing Director and winner of several national and international commercial and industry specific awards, established Potchefstroom Academy, a Higher Educational provider, in 1981. The Academy has since grown into one of the leading private tertiary institutions of its kind.

In 2003, Tina Schöltz acquired SAAHST, a Further Educational provider. SAAHST provides expert training in Hairdressing, Cosmetology and Nail Technology which all form part of a highly competitive industry. SAAHST offers a variety of career focused short courses that are specifically targeted at updating, and extending your skills.

Potchefstroom Academy is situated in Potchefstroom, a vibrant student town. The safe, student friendly environment ensures that our students remain engaged in learning while providing them with the opportunity of getting involved in sport and social events. Students get to meet interesting people and share experiences to last a lifetime.

Very few private institutions can boast that they have been educating students since 1981. This sets Potchefstroom Academy apart from those who offer the same or similar courses. Potchefstroom Academy’s management, experienced lecturing teams and support staff, possesses an intimate understanding of providing our students with a unique classroom experience, which is stimulating, interactive, and industry relevant.

Our students can be assured that at Potchefstroom Academy they will be prepared for the future and have the necessary skills to succeed as an employer or employee. Furthermore Potchefstroom Academy has a keen interest in grooming our country’s future entrepreneurs. We educate our students by providing them with the relevant insights and advice on how to successfully market their skills and services through entrepreneurial pursuits.

Our campus is conveniently situated and within walking distance from all of the Academy’s residence facilities, nearby shopping malls, sport and recreation facilities and restaurants. Safe parking is available at the residences and next to the campus.

Our staff and students are committed in giving back to the community, in particular those less fortunate than ourselves. Therefore, this forms an important part of our yearly planning.

Potchefstroom Academy is passionate about what we do. We take pride in educating our students, ensuring they achieve the best of their ability. Our promise is to deliver quality education without prejudice to all of our students. We look forward to welcoming you onto our campus to share in all that we have to offer.


“At Potchefstroom Academy, one does not only make friends, they become like family to you. We have extraordinary teachers who we can look up to and through whom we have acquired a great amount of skills. The education is sensational and the academy makes one feel safe and at home.”

Jolene Smit
Jolene SmitPhotography - 2014

“To this day I am grateful that I studied at Potchefstroom Academy as I see how their level of education far surpasses most institutes in the industry on a daily basis. Potchefstroom Academy not only gave me the theoretical and practical knowledge to be successful in the beauty industry but also taught me the value of lateral thinking and superior customer service.”

Diana van Sittert
Diana van SittertSomatology

” I am very thankful for the knowledge that I have gained at Potchefstroom Academy as I can walk into a business because I was taught the highest standards.”

Danny Johnstone
Danny JohnstoneInterior Design & Decorating

“If people do not push themselves, they never know what they might achieve. Not only does Potchefstroom Academy stress the quality of work required for a successful career but they also encourage students to push themselves and exceed expectations.”

Robyn Grewar
Robyn GrewarPhotography

“The education I received at Potchefstroom Academy was not only current, giving me a competitive advantage in the field of therapeutic massage therapy. It was also delivered by lecturers who are passionate and well versed in their fields.They really care about what they do and take incredible pride and work into giving the students the best experience.”

Precious Ngomane
Precious NgomaneTherapeutic Massage

“I studied at Potchefstroom Academy and finished a 3 year Higher Diploma in Interior Design and Decorating. The time I spent at the Academy was amazing and the personnel at the Potchefstroom Academy were excellent and provided me with knowledge and expertise for my future.  I now work as Interior Design Consultant at St Leger & Viney.”

Theo Rolihlahla Mkololo
Theo Rolihlahla MkololoInterior Design & Decorating