National Academy Of Beauty Announces Closure

Yet another Australian beauty college has permanently closed its doors – the National Academy Of Beauty formally announced last week that it would be shutting down, leaving hundreds of students stranded, and for many, just weeks out from completing their studies at the end of this year.

Brooke Bird Insolvency Practitioners released this formal statement, advising they had been appointment joint administrators for the National Academy Of Beauty (or its trading name, Pragmatic Training) due to reported ‘significant losses’.

In their statement, Brooke Bird states “due to significant losses incurred by the group and a shortage of available cashflow to enable ongoing trade it has been necessary for us to cease trading immediately. As such no further courses or training will be provided. No marking of work will be conducted.”

The college, based in Melbourne, was established in 2003, and offered beauty and makeup courses including Certificates 3-4 in Beauty Therapy, Certificate 3 in Makeup, Diploma of Beauty Therapy, Diploma of Salon Management, and Diploma of Screen and Media. Its student capacity was around 1,300, and course fees ranging from $6000-$16,000.

Beauty EDU. Image via Instagram: @the.4224

Very sadly for the industry, this news simply adds to a string of recent beauty college closures, including ultra-stylish Melbourne college Beauty EDU, which was only established in 2014. Co-founded by Bec Judd, its umbrella company Republica Education Pty Ltd went into liquidation mid-2017. Chief executive Ryan Trainor claimed the sale of Beauty EDU along with 4 other specialist training colleges was part of a restructure, heading away from accredited education.

Another was the Australasian College Broadway, who announced to their 800+ students and faculty members that they had gone into administration just two days before Christmas, 2016. Cash flow issues were also the cause of the voluntary closure.

The news from NAOB will have caused particular distress among many Melbourne students who already suffered a transfer last year from Beauty EDU.­­

National Academy Of Beauty, or Pragmatic Training Group, was an approved Vet Fee Help student loan provider, which means that under the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training arrangements, ongoing loan students will be assisted in completing their course with another provider, or if not, give students a re-credit for units of study commenced but not completed.

11 thoughts on “National Academy Of Beauty Announces Closure

  1. Simon Birmingham much be so disappointed he is not around to claim another scalp. The whole industry (VET Training) was better off before the Government “helped” fees.

  2. My sister was one of the victims that lost the last weeks of this course!

    Is there anyway she can gain the transcripts of the courses that she completed??

    My sister paid the course out right not on loan, can anybody help, all she wants is the right to RPL the next course?


      1. i was a student at Pragmatic Dandenong i have been left owing ATO $10,000 with no certificate of completing my diploma it says i only completed hot stone massage but yet i am having to pay $16,000 for full diploma when i signed with Pragmatic they advised once i start making $51,000 a year payments for my course would automatically be taken out a fortnight this did not happen as advised
        how is this fair i can not get a job in the beauty as i have no poof of my completion of diploma

  3. Good afternoon..I was wondering if this academy had a college in Brisbane as well, I was looking at sending my daughter here in 2021 ..

    1. Hi Susan, thanks for reaching out! Your daughter’s college of choice isn’t a decision that should be taken lightly, so instead of us advising, we would recommend you contact them directly 🙂 Wishing you both all the best!

  4. i have completed my course and did not receive my diploma. I had paid it out right as well. Who do I speak to, to get my diploma or my money back. Very frustrated. Its been over a year since Ive completed it.

  5. Interesting. I signed up for a diploma in makeup in 2015 in Brisbane. The place was a joke with no value to their course whatsoever, let alone the $20,000. My teacher named Kelli was a wannabe actress from what I could find on her online with no makeup experience.. NAOB and Kelli would say that she had worked with XYZ company and celebrity (she spent most of class time talking about herself) but I was the only one who would ask for pictures. In one of the first days, we were discussing portfolios so I asked to see hers – nothing. Shock. I left because it was a scam and none of the girls who completed their course ever seemed to improve their skills or gain a job. Good to see they shut down. These private colleges are NOT worth the money and I now advise anyone I know who wants to work in a creative industry – pay for one on one from somebody you admire, INTERNET RESOURCES ARE FREE (or far cheaper) and practise your talent because it cannot be purchased!

  6. Amen to that!! I studied at their Brisbane facility in 2016 and did not graduate as they rushed our cohort through in a ridiculously shortened timeframe. As I was a fulltime working mother at the time, I specifically opted for part time study to fit in around my full time job but with the accelerated program found myself struggling to keep up. At the completion of our training, I had completed all but 2 major assessments and still had a number of theory components to finish. I was told i could come back at any time, pay a small fee, and complete my Diploma….. then they closed their doors 12 months later and I an stuck paying a VET FEE HELP loan of $25000 and nothing to show for it. I dont think ANY of the students in my class went on to do anything significant with their diplomas and the course material and tools/ products received were really not worth the price tag!!!

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