How To Become a Registered Nurse In Jamaica without IELTS

Jamaica is becoming a centre of attention of late for Nurses from all over the world as Nurses who are registered in Jamaica can migrate to the UK without sitting for the dreaded IELTS Exam. In this article I am going to take you through the process of Nurse registration with the Nursing Council of Jamaica.


According to the Jamaica Nursing Council, below are the requirements for Nurse registration in Jamaica:

  1. Application letter stating type of registration required. (All correspondence should be addressed to The Registrar at the address stated below)

The Nursing Council of Jamaica, Nurses and Midwives Act, 1964
50 Half Way Tree Road, Kingston 5
Telephone (876) 926-6042, 960-0823

  1. Detailed Curriculum Vitae (stating your professional qualifications and detailed working experience as a nurse/midwife since graduation.
  2. Certified copy of birth certificate.
  3. Certified copy of marriage certificate (if applicable).
  4. Certified copy of your current nursing and/or midwifery licence(s) with expiry dates.
  5. Certified copy of your nursing and/or midwifery certificates/diploma/degree.
  6. Two (2) certified identical passport sized photographs (about 35x45mm).
  7. Official copy of Transcript of basic nursing and/or midwifery training. If transcript is in English, it is to be sent directly from the school(s) of training to the Council. If not in English, applicants should have their training transcript translated by an official agency such as Language Training Centre located at 31 Half Way Tree Road and then submit it to the Council
  8. Two (2) current professional reference letters (preferably from your nursing and/or midwifery supervisors with whom you have worked or are working. These must be signed, dated and sent directly to the Council by the referees.
  9. Processing Fee of US $60.00 or Jamaican equivalent for each licence being processed.
  10. A Jamaican Tax Registration Number (TRN)
  11. If application is approved, a registration fee of US $100.00 or Jamaican equivalent for each licence being registered.
  12. After you have been registered a Registration Certificate and Letter which bears your registration number will be given.
  13. A licence will be given which will be valid for two (2) years after which thirty (30) hours of continuing education hours will be required for re-licencing; that is, twenty-five (25) nursing/midwifery hours and five (5) non-nursing hours.
  14. Application form RGN-Trained-abroad.pdf (

How to Obtain TRN

  1. Visit the Tax Administration of Jamaica website at forms from the menu near the top of the page – just below the logoScroll down to TRN in the drop down menu, Select and download Form 1:  
    Application For Taxpayer Registration Number (Individuals).
  2. Complete, sign and mail the form with a notarised copy of your ID to:
     Taxpayer Registration Centre
    Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) 
    12 Ocean Boulevard 
    Kingston Mall 

TRN is not issued to a third party, you must download the application from the website and have it completed, signed and mailed with a notarised copy of your ID. Notarized copy of your international passport and driving license should be ok. Once a TRN has been assigned, the number will be e-mailed to you and a card will be sent by regular mail to your address in your country.

The entire process can take 4-6 months depending on how fast you send all the document requested and how fast you respond to more document request. Your license will be issued and you will be notified.

After successfully getting a job in Jamaica, you can then migrate to Jamaica and start working. After working as a Nurse in Jamaica for one year, you will automatically qualified for English waiver from UK Nursing and Midwifery Council so you can then begin your processing without much stress

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