Welcome to the Roberta Mechan College of Beauty. Northern Irelands longest established International Beauty College. The Roberta Mechan College is recognised as one of the world's leading beauty colleges.

The training we offer is unique and our international reputation attracts students from all over the world. The college is noted for an all round professional approach, consistently high standards and an impressive examination success rate.

The beauty industry has changed considerably over the last ten years and it now offers even greater more exciting opportunities for travel, work abroad or setting up your own business.

Our full time and part time Beauty and Body Therapy course is extremely comprehensive and leads to the top British and Internationally recognised qualifications.

At the Roberta Mechan College we like to maintain a warm family atmosphere as we believe our students success is our success.

If you would like to obtain more information regarding our courses please do not hesitate to contact us or download our brochure.

What's Our Secret

• We are committed to excellence and high standards
• We have been at the forefront of the Beauty Industry in Northern Ireland for over 40 years
• We are recognised both locally and internationally as being the best at what we do
• We offer the highest quality, internationally recognised qualifications
• We have close working contacts with the top Beauty Salons and Spa,s in Northern Ireland, many relying on us for their    
• We care for our students and offer them continued support in their working life


The beauty industry is made up of many areas such as Beauty Salons, Day Spa`s, Health Farms, Make up Rooms, Nail Rooms, Hotels and Cruise liners. In the majority of cases a prospective employer chooses the best qualified candidate, for this reason the majority of college applicants enrol on the complete Beauty Therapy Course as this offers the broadest range of treatments offered in the Beauty Industry. However the college offers individual course modules in Beauty Specialist, Body Therapy and short courses for those who may wish to enhance and add to their existing qualifications or maybe work from home or part time in a specialist subject.

Our courses are designed for any age group and can be studied on a full time or part time basis to suit all student’s needs.

The Complete Beauty Therapy course commences every year in October and runs until July of the next year. Part time courses can be tailored to suit most people’s circumstances and enrolment for these courses commences monthly. All part time courses can be discussed in greater detail by contacting the college. If you would like further information or would like to view the college do not hesitate to contact us. This is a great opportunity to see our students at work.

Our courses are designed to give all students the best opportunities to succeed in a fulfilling career in the Beauty Industry, offering ITEC and CIDESCO, the world’s top qualifications, as well as the Roberta Mechan Diploma.

In order to decide which course is correct for you it is necessary to have a little knowledge about the Beauty Industry. As with any other industry the best qualified are highly sought after by salon owners but it is also important to remember that prospective employers put as much emphasis on where you trained as they do the qualifications you have achieved.

We offer 4 types of courses:
  • Beauty Therapy Complete Course
  • Beauty Specialist
  • Body Therapy
  • Short Day Courses

Our Qualifications


ITEC is a leading international specialist examination board, providing quality qualifications in Beauty & Spa Therapy, Hairdressing, and Complementary Therapies.

It has been awarding high quality and respected industry qualifications since 1947. It is now one of the world's leading and most successful awarding bodies specialising in Beauty and Complementary Therapy, Sport, Fitness and Hairdressing sectors. In 2011 ITEC awarded over 38,000 Certifications in over 38 countries.

ITEC fosters a close working relationship with its college partners who total over 655 across the world, and has offices in London, South Africa and Asia Pacific and representation in Ireland and the United States of America. ITEC offers Colleges and learners one of the largest Beauty and Hairdressing qualification portfolios including qualifications for employability, specialist subjects and skills enhancement (CPD).


The CIDESCO Diploma is the world's prestigious qualification for Aesthetics and Beauty Therapy which has set international standards since 1957. CIDESCO is represented by the leading schools and colleges of the world in over 40 countries across 5 continents which offer the internationally acclaimed CIDESCO standards and qualifications. 

To students the CIDESCO qualification means the best possible start to a career in the Beauty & Spa Therapy Industry enabling them to have a long and meaningful future in an ever evolving industry. Sought after by employers worldwide, the CIDESCO Diploma is a mark of high achievement, fully opening up a world of career opportunities to graduates.

Job Opportunities

Beauty Salons
The beauty industry has grown dramatically over the last ten years leading to greater expansion of job opportunities. With our great reputation for turning out highly qualified Beauty Therapists many top beauty salons come to us when they are recruiting. 

Health Spa's and Country Clubs
The ultimate luxury and lavish pampering for those wanting a prestige holistic experience. This area of work has expanded greatly over recent years providing exciting opportunities for therapists wanting to specialise in luxury face and body treatments.

Ocean Liners
Many of our past students have worked on ocean liners, and although hard work they have found the experience wonderful and have been fortunate to see so many beautiful countries and meet many friends. We have recruiters from the top ocean liners visit the college every year to provide an overview of life as a therapist on a cruise liner. 

Nail Bars
Many students express a real love of working with nails and this is an area therapists can specialise in. We provide day courses in all types of nail systems.

Opening your own Salon
Many of our graduates go on to open their own Beauty Salon as this is the ultimate dream of any successful graduate. You can read about some of our graduates who own their own Beauty Salons by clicking on the Testimonials section.

If you would like to arrange an informal interview just call us on 02890 246999 and we can arrange a time to suit you. This will also give you the opportunity to have a look around the college and see the current students at work. 
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