International Professional Image Association!


The IPIA strives to combine all the facets of total image into one organization. We want to establish a network of image experts that includes professionals that are qualified and involved in the image industry.

This association is for any professional in image or image-related fields e.g. fashion designer/buyer, stylist, image consultant, fashion journalist, beautician, hair-stylist, make-up artist, dietician, wellness and fitness instructors, plastic surgeons, bridal, tailoring, shoes, accessories etc.

The IPIA is dedicated to support every member’s business with resourceful information and updated educational material in the various areas of image expertise.

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What we do

Networking professionals in the Image Industry

Gain Business credibility

For professionals in the image industry to gain business credibility, it is vitally important that one registers with the IPIA network of professionals as only credible professionals can join. The screening process involves the verification of credentials, as well as a look into potential members’ experience and quality of work.

Connecting and Public Exposure

Being part of the IPIA can connect you with potential clients as well as professionals who you can collaborate with. Being a member of the IPIA gives you and the public access to the contact information of other IPIA members through our membership directory on our website.

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Gain The IPIA Certification

As part of our day to day interactions with clients and other professionals, certifications go a long way. The IPIA allows members that have been a member for at least one year or more to apply to become certified. This certification will ensure that your clients and peers trust your ability and skill making you more credible in the image industry.

Business Growth

Being part of the IPIA support network will allow you to grow your business at a much faster rate than working in isolation. The IPIA supports connection, collaboration, and creativity!

Strong Support Network

We host interactive forums where trends, opinions and questions can be shared amongst professionals in the same line of work. The IPIA encourages people to share their knowledge, to collaborate and to become a strong support network structure for each other.

Attend Conferences

Being part of the IPIA gives you the opportunity to partake in a variety of conferences applicable to the image industry allowing you to connect with other image professionals, market yourself and expand your business footprint.

IPIA Brand collaboration

Gain access to the use of the IPIA brand and logo to make you recognised for your exceptional service and professionalism. Only approved members may use the IPIA logo which gives you the exclusivity you need to operate as a more effective image professional.

News Alerts

We keep our members up to date with the latest news and trends as well as tips and tricks of the image industry. All members are encouraged to contribute by sharing their knowledge of their areas of expertise.

Share your opinions

Have the opportunity to share your opinions with other professionals about image or business related subjects. This too allows you to receive important and valuable advice as well to improve your skills and service delivery.

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"Being a part of an Association like the IPIA gives you a sense of belonging. Starting your own business can be very daunting. Many business owners don’t know who to talk to and you have lots of questions, so it is nice to share your experiences with people who are in a similar industry. When the IPIA host their annual conferences, it is a great advantage to be able to attend because it helps you to grow your business. It is almost like you are doing another course. It is also an advantage to have the credibility associated with a reputable Association like the IPIA ."

Minnette Oliver
FOUNDER PIAA (Professional Image Association of Africa)

"The makeup school I studied my course with was accredited with APICSA. 8 years on into the industry, all the makeup artists that I knew within the industry, that were accredited with this association, had the highest standards. When I went on to open my own school there was no doubt that I needed my accreditation to be with APICSA. We are proud to be associated and aligned with such a great governing body - one which the beauty and image industry cannot live without! We are so excited to join hands with PIAA to become even stronger and better as the IPIA"

Razana Omar
ZAR Academy

"Immediately after doing my course to become an Image Consultant in 2009 I joined the then PIAA. I remember as a newbie in the industry it immediately felt like I was not alone on this new venture and it made all things possible. Being able to put the PIAA logo on my website and business cards also gave me a lot more credibility. I am so excited about the merging with APICSA because now two amazing forces are becoming one RIDICULOUS force to be reckoned with. The image industry does not know what is about to hit them! Proud to be a member!"

Aletté Winckler

"I was privileged to be one of the founding members of APICSA in 2007. It was wonderful to be able to mentor members to achieve their dreams, ethically working towards an industry that adheres to international standards but at the same time keeping in mind that we are a unique continent with unique needs and aspirations. The ladies that I have met through APICSA and the mutual sharing of knowledge and life stories and experiences were both empowering and humbling. As we set out on this new era as “International Professional Image Association” (IPIA) strengthening the industry in Africa and elevating it to an International association I am looking forward to seeing each Image Professional rise to her full potential with IPIA backing you to the full support that an association can offer."

Marina Prinsloo
FOUNDER APICSA (Association of Professional Image Consultants South Africa)

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Benefit from the vast knowledge, experience and familiarity of the IPIA

The IPIA encourages all individuals and businesses that share our passion for everything related to the image industry, to make a decision today and to enrol for membership with the IPIA.

Membership fees are R 500 per year for an Individual membership, and R 1300 per year for a Corporate membership (The Corporate membership includes 2 additional Individual memberships).

Become a member of the IPIA today!

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