Financial Management for Spas

This course may carry credits towards the Higher Certificate in Hospitality Management (SAQA ID 88062, NQF Level 5) if certain conditions are met


10 weeks (5–10 hours per week)


R7 300 (inclusive of all textbooks and examination fees, excludes textbook delivery costs).


Students receive the IHS and AHLEI Short Course Certificate after successful completion.


This course is designed to provide spa managers and other spa professionals with the financial management skills they need to succeed. Topics include payroll accounting, inventory, income statements, ratio analysis, pricing, menu engineering, operations budgeting, revenue management, cash management, capital budgeting, lease accounting, and business plan development.

Topics covered

  • Generally accepted accounting principles.
  • The accounting cycle.
  • Containing payroll costs, elements of a spa’s compensation plan.
  • Types of spa inventory, perpetual and periodic inventory systems.
  • Differentiate between and inventory monitoring systems.
  • Income statements and describe the income statement’s relationship to the balance sheet.
  • Uniform System of Financial Reporting for Spas.
  • Ratios commonly used in the spa industry.
  • Identify key concepts and concerns related to pricing.
  • Mark-up and bottom-up approaches to pricing spa services and products.
  • The operations budget.
  • Using budget reports to calculate and analyse variances related to revenue, cost of goods sold, and labour.
  • Revenue management.
  • Income, cash flows and bank reconciliation.
  • Capital and operations budgeting.
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