About us

The French Beauty Academy, formerly GCTA – Gold Coast Training Academy was established in 1986 and is now of one Australia’s largest private training organisations.

Advanced qualifications

Operating from three purpose-built campuses at Robina on Queensland’s Gold Coast and Brisbane’s CBD, our programs include the nationally recognised Diploma of Beauty Therapy – with options for in-class and flexible learning. We also offer a range of accredited Certificate courses and industry masterclasses in beauty services, make-up, nail technologies and dermal therapies.

We are proud to announce that recently the National Industry Skills Council for Beauty hand selected our educators for their industry expertise to develop the curriculum for a postgraduate qualification in Australia, with an increased focus on  advanced medi-spa treatments.

Extensive industry experience

Thanks to our global partnership network, our students graduate with extensive in-salon experience and superior product knowledge. In our classes and Student Salon, we use the latest equipment and machinery, and a wide range of the leading cosmetic and skin care brands, with regular product up-dates and in-service training provided by industry representatives.

Professional development – Personal growth

But what truly sets The French Beauty Academy apart is our transformative approach to the education experience.

Our exclusive Service Excellence Program ensures that our graduates are equipped with the essential personal attributes anticipated by clients in a luxury service environment. We teach our students the value of presentation, language, deportment, self-awareness, manners and grace.

Through this process, our teachers mentor students on a journey of personal growth to become confident, compassionate and motivated individuals; ready, willing and able to turn their dreams into reality.

Our beauty philosophy

At The French Beauty Academy, we firmly believe that a career in beauty therapy is defined by the desire to serve and care for others – to help clients overcome internal challenges, build self-esteem, restore energy and feel not just pampered, but nurtured.

The most vital step on this journey is for us to make sure our students know exactly how this feels.