The word “Gainfort” has become synonymous with flair and excellence in the hair and beauty industry. For many years now, we’ve been supplying salons with their everyday needs and helping new establishments with their design and fit out. And so it was only natural to take it one step further and open a state-of-the-art training academy.

Based in Wexford and Waterford, Gainfort Academy is fully equipped with the latest facilities and teaching technology. Our intimate classrooms and spacious amphitheater are specially designed for a wide variety of courses, seminars and workshops for industry professionals and aspiring amateurs. Gainfort Academy is ITEC and CIBTAC accredited training centre. We offer certificates and diplomas in Hairdressing, Barbering, Beauty treatments, Beauty Therapy, Professional Make Up, Holistic Massage,  Reflexology and Nail technology and teacher training.

Gainfort Academy has won an impressive list of awards and accolades, including RSVP Leading Beauty School, the Zurich Business Awards Training Provider of the Year, The Wexford Business Awards Training Provider of the Year 2014, 2015 and 2016, The Irish Hair and Beauty Awards, The Irish Makeup Awards, Be Fabulous Hair Awards and most recently the HiStyle Tia Maria Award for Best Beauty Academy in Ireland. Gainfort Academy has also just been nominated for Best Training Academy in this year’s Irish Hair and Beauty Awards.

We have an overall pass rate of 99% in our ITEC courses to date.


Wexford, Unit 7F Ardcavan Business Park, Ardcavan

Waterford, Unit 9 Tramore Road Business Park Tramore Rd


Our past students have secured positions with Peter Mark, Aidan Fitzgeralds, AC Pure, Cheveu Studio, Seafield Hotel Spa, Whites Hotel, Brandon House Hotel, to name but a few, others have set up their own successful businesses. We offer students excellent payment plans to help them succeed in their studies.

We give all our students a discount card that is valid for one year post qualification which helps them in their first year as a professionals.

Train at Gainfort Academy now centre of excellence for:

ITEC & NSI courses are available for DSP funding of up to €500. Please check at your local office to see if you are eligible.


Super fun. Great tutor and facilities. Excellent chance to learn and expand. Brought out my confidence in trying new things.
Adriano Masiero
Outstanding course; learned so much and was taught to us in a very professional manner. Great fun and facilities are top class.
Cathal Kearney
So much fun while also learning loads. Loved this course, totes emosh its over.
Aisling O’Carroll
I found Gainfort Academy very good and all the staff was very helpful at all times. I will be back to do my Massage Course with them. Thank you all for everything.
Eilis O’Neill
Was great learned all the things I need to start a career in hairdressing industry with confidence in my skills.
Dace Saulite
Made lots of friends! Staff are lovely! Tutor was brilliant!
Karen Gallagher
I had the time of my life, the best experience. Staff and tutors lovely and friendly. I would definitely recommend to everyone.
Mira Molnar
Great staff and teachers, make you feel very welcome and help you in any way.
Sinead O’Brien
Fantastic Tutors and great atmosphere.
Alicia Redmond
I gained a lot of friends and enjoyed my experience here. The education was great, I learned a lot.
Sabrina Doyle

Our Team

Mary Ogilive
Mary Ogilive
Mary has a wealth of experience in the training field being on of South East’s leading educators for numerous years. She has a vast knowledge of colour having completed The Loreal and Wella colour specialist degree. Mary commands a high level of tutoring. The results show with her individual care with her students.
Sharon Sheehan
Sharon Sheehan
Sharon is proprietor of award winning salon AC Pure. She has worked as Artistic Director for Toni and Guy for 12 years. Sharon was a franchisee for Toni and Guy Waterford and was staff educator within the company. Specializing in cutting and Red Carpet/ Bridal Hair having worked with a vast celebrity clientele.
Marie Murphy
Marie Murphy
Marie trained in skin and bridal make up, working for various companies and was a finalist in Illamasque Distinction of Make Up Artistry Awards 2013. She won the Cinema Make Up School Legends of make Up School to study special FX in Hollywood. Since then she has worked for Disney channel, the media industry and most recently is a make up artist for Kat Von Dee Make Up
Margo Kilkenny
Margo Kilkenny
With over thirty years of hairdressing experience Margo is an official educator and technician for Affinage Salon Professional. Travelling and educating both nationally and internationally working with some of the Britain’s top hairstylist at their seminars, courses and shows. Her work with Affinage allows her to educate everyone in the hairdressing industry in the latest hair and colour trends which are ongoing in the current hair industry. She also has been running her own salon since 1992.
Ciara Mc Coy
Ciara Mc Coy
Ciara in the hair and beauty industry since 2005. I studied beauty therapy in Clarence College Wexford and Waterford College of Further Education gaining ITEC, CIBTAC and CIDESCO diplomas. I was awarded Student of the year by WCFE and also CIDESCO student of the year after completing my exams. I am working in both the hair and beauty industry part time while also tutoring for Gainfort Academy.