Jamaica - Country Commercial Guide
Licensing Requirements for Professional Services

Includes license requirements for key professional services that are open to U.S. service providers.
 

Last published date: 2021-08-14

The General Legal Council (GLC) is responsible for organizing legal education and upholding the standards of professional conduct.  In addition to upholding the ethics of the legal profession, to which registered attorneys are expected to adhere, the GLC also plays an integral role in the admission of attorneys being enrolled to practice in the courts of Jamaica.


The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica was incorporated under the Public Accountancy Act (PAA) to regulate the accountancy profession in Jamaica as well as the use of accountancy designations.


A real estate practitioner is expected to complete a one month, 100 hour sales course; register with the Real Estate Board; and, “attach” to a licensed Real Estate Broker.  Practitioners are also expected to apply for a license from the Real Estate Board of Jamaica, which has to be renewed annually.


The Professional Engineers Registration Board (PERB) regulates the practice of engineering in Jamaica. Individuals or firms seeking to offer engineering services in Jamaica must seek registration through PERB under the Professional Engineers’ Registration Act.  


Individuals and firms offering architecture services must register with the Architects Registration Board (ARB), the regulatory body for architects.