Teacher Registration

Teacher Registration Guiding Principle

The Education Act (Amendment) Act 1980, Section 33, states that “a person shall not teach or be employed as a teacher in a public educational institution unless he is registered,

As a trained teacher;

  • Trained university graduate.
  • Trained instructor.
  • Trained college graduate

As an authorized teacher;

  • Pre-trained teachers who lack the requisite qualification as directed by the Minister after consultation with the Chairman of the Commission.”

“Registration as an authorized teacher shall in no circumstances exceed six years “Education Act, Section 36 (2)”

The Teacher Registration Programme

The Ministry of Education Youth and Information has established the objective of registering all teachers in Jamaica.

The registration programme is intended for teachers who fall into one or more of the following categories:

Public Educational Institutions

  • Teachers currently employed need to regularize the status of their registration.
  • Teachers who will be newly employed need to be registered prior to such employment.

Private Educational Institutions

  • While not mandatory, it is highly recommended that teachers currently employed, regularize the status of their registration.
  • Teachers who will be newly employed in the public education system need to be registered prior to such employment.

Benefits of Registration

Public Educational Institutions

Eligibility for employment (Effective January 2010 only registered teachers will be granted this opportunity)

  • Eligibility for permanent appointment
  • Accessing study leave
  • Accessing study loans
  • Accessing motor vehicle loans
  • Application for Master Teacher  Programme
  • Application for NCEL Aspiring Principal
  • In-service training

Private Educational Institutions

  • Eligibility for employment in the public system

What is Teacher Registration

Teacher Registration is a programme in which all teachers in the public education system and those in private education institutions are registered. It involves the assessment of a teacher’s: qualifications and character to determine his or her suitability to educate the nation’s youth. Each teacher is required to complete a registration application prior to entering the education system.

How to Become a Registered Teacher

The registration of teachers is done online for all teachers in public and private educational institutions. The online registration application form is accessible on our website. The process involves a teacher completing his/her online application followed by the submission of the following supporting documents to the Jamaica Teaching Council for approval:

  • Certified copy of birth certificate
  • Certified copies of academic qualifications
  • Two written character references
  • Certified copies of TRN & NIS cards
  • Passport Size Photo
  • Police Record (Early Childhood Practitioners)
  • Food Handlers Permit (Early Childhood Practitioners)

If a teacher wishes to submit their documents through their respective regional office, all copies must be certified by either a Justice of Peace or the principal responsible for their school. The documents must be packaged and addressed to the officer listed below with responsibility for their region. Please see regional contacts below:

Region One
Region Two
Region Three
Region Four
Region Five
Regions Six and Seven

Meet the Team

We have Registration Officers with responsibility for each region to assist teachers with any challenges, process their registration application and provide evidence of registration. There is also a live chat on the system that teachers can access for assistance. Please see officers listed below and their email addresses.

Althea O'Brien


Fabian Miller


Abdul Barclay


Mark Dennis


Taniesha Brown-Manley


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