The Barbados Accreditation Council is the sole government agency with responsibility for assuring the quality and integrity of post-secondary or tertiary education and training in Barbados. Its mandate includes the granting of Certificates of Recognition of CARICOM Skills Qualification in accordance with the provisions of the Caribbean Community (Movement of Skilled Nationals) Act, 2004 and related purposes and The examination and verification of Certificates of Recognition of CARICOM Skills Qualification granted to CARICOM nationals by Member States for the purpose of giving effect on Article 46 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas.


 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 INTRODUCTION
 APPLICATION FOR THE CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION OF CARICOM SKILLS QUALIFICATION
 EXAMINATION AND VERIFICATION OF THE CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION OF CARICOM SKILLS    QUALIFICATION
PROCEDURE FOR ENTRY OF NON- NATIONALS INTO BARBADOS

INTRODUCTION

The free movement of skills/labour basically entails the right of a CARICOM National to seek work or engage in gainful employment in all CARICOM Member States as either a wage earner or non-wage earner, without the need to obtain a work permit in the Member State in which he/she desires to work.

A CARICOM National is, according to Article 32.5:(A) of the Revised Treaty, a person who is regarded as a National of a Member State. This is the case if such person:

is a citizen of that State:

has a connection with that State of a kind which entitles him/her to be regarded as belonging to or, if it be so expressed, as being a native or resident of the State for purpose of the laws thereof relating to immigration.

Persons who are eligible for the Free Movement of Skills/Labour must be engaged in a legitimate economic activity in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy. There are currently no rights regarding free movement solely for the purposes of residency or permanent naturalization or citizenship. If a person just wishes to migrate from one CARICOM state to live in another, he/she must still apply for residency or citizenship, in accordance with the laws of that country. (Extracted from the publication “CARICOM Single Market and Economy Free Movement – Travel and Work”, Caribbean Community Secretariat, 2005)

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APPLICATION FOR THE CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION OF CARICOM SKILLS QUALIFICATION

Wage Earners Entitled To Move And Work Freely In The Community

1. Graduates from all recognized universities in the world
2. Artistes
3. Musicians
4. Sportspersons
5. Media workers
6. Teachers
7. Professional Nurses
8. Artisans
9. Holders of an Associate Degree or comparable qualification
10. Managers, Technical and Supervisory staff attached to a company or self-employed persons  (Eligibility to move is not governed by the Council.  The Immigration Department processes work permits for persons of this category who are not eligible for free movement under any of the other categories)

NB: Categories 1-9 apply through the Barbados Accreditation Council; Category 10, the employer applies through the Immigration Department for a work permit

If any of the above wage earners (categories 1-9) wish to work in another Member State, he/she must first obtain a Certificate of Recognition of CARICOM Skills Qualification (CARICOM Skills Certificate) from the competent authority in either his/her home, host country or another CARICOM Member State; with the exception of managers, technical and supervisory staff attached to a judicial or natural person.
 
Free Movement of Managerial, Supervisory and Technical Staff

Companies, other legal forms of businesses, organisations and self-employed persons have the right to bring in their managerial, supervisory and technical staff in order to further their business.  The right to free movement of these persons is linked to the company or other legal business organisations.  These categories cannot move on their own, unless they belong to one of the other eligible categories of wage earners. (Excerpt from CARICOM Single Market and Economy: Free Movement - Travel and Work, Caribbean Community Secretariat, 2005)

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DEFINITION OF CATEGORIES FOR FREE MOVEMENT OF SKILLS:

Graduates are persons who have obtained at least a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university.

Special Note:
Applicants seeking recognition under the category “Graduate” in respect of the Certificate of Recognition of CARICOM Skills Qualification, please note that only the “highest” level of qualification as it pertains to “degree” level (that is, Bachelor’s or Master’s or Doctoral) will be accepted by the Barbados Accreditation Council for processing.


Media Persons are persons whose primary source of income is drawn from media and media related work or persons who are qualified to enter this field.

Artistes are persons who are active in or qualified to enter a particular field of art with the specific purpose to earn a living.

Musicians are persons who are active in or qualified to enter a particular field of music with the specific purpose to earn a living.

Sportspersons are persons who are active in or qualified to enter a particular field of sports with the specific purpose to earn a living as a professional or semi-professional.

Professional Nurses are persons who have successfully completed basic or higher-level training for nurses and who are registered with the General Nursing Council of a CARICOM Member State and are designated Registered Nurses.

Teachers are persons who have successfully completed an approved pre-service or in-service teacher preparation programme from an accredited/recognized institution offering teacher education.

Artisans- An artisan is a skilled workman or craftsman – craft and related workers apply their specific knowledge and skills in the fields of mining and construction, form metal, erect metal structures, set machine tools, or make, fit, maintain and repair machinery, equipment or tools, carrying out printing work as well as produce or process foodstuffs, textiles, or wooden, metal and other articles, including handicraft goods.

Holders of an Associate Degree or comparable qualification – CARICOM nationals who have obtained an Associate degree from an accredited/recognized university or college or have obtained a professional, technical or vocational qualification from a duly accredited body which is comparable to an Associate Degree. Comparable qualifications include:
2 CAPE/”A” Levels
Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) Qualification;
National Technician Certificates requiring two (2) years of study at the post-secondary level.

CATEGORY AGENCIES FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF COMPETENCIES

The Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP) and the Barbados Community College (BCC) are Category Agencies for the assessment of the competencies of CARICOM nationals under specific areas as these relate to the category of “Artiste”.

The SJPP will assess the competencies of applicants for recognition such as cosmetologists, barbers, nail technicians, hair braiders and hair dressers. The BCC will assess the competencies of applicants for recognition as these relate to theatre arts, costume building/designing etc.

Persons who possess a Caribbean/National Vocational Qualification in these areas would not be required to undertake the assessment.

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NB: ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA IS NOT CURRENTLY ALLOWING THE FREE MOVEMENT OF THE CATEGORIES OF PROFESSIONAL NURSES AND TEACHERS

 Qualifying Caribbean Community States:

Antigua and Barbuda
Barbados
Belize
Dominica
Grenada
Guyana
Jamaica
St Kitts and Nevis
St Lucia
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Suriname
Trinidad and Tobago

NB: Barbados is facilitating only Graduates from Montserrat

General Documentation required for Certificate of Recognition of CARICOM Skills Qualification

1. Completed application form (signed by a Justice-of-the-Peace in Barbados)
2. Birth Certificate
3. Proof of citizenship
4. Marriage Certificate (where applicable)
5. Qualifications (undergrad/post-grad/professional)
6. Proof of registration with professional agency (where applicable)
7. Passport (copy of bio-data page & date of issue)
8. Two (2) passport size photos (applicant’s name in block letters at back)
9. BDS$100 application fee (per application)
10. Police Certificate(s) of Character (from home country and any other
countries where applicant has resided for more than six (6) months since
the age of sixteen years).  Please submit only original certificates. No affidavits will be accepted.

Please bring originals and copies of the above documents.  Copies will be certified and the original given back to the applicant. Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted:


Supporting Documentation for All Persons requesting a Certificate of Recognition of CARICOM Skills Qualification:

1. Bachelor’s, Masters and Doctoral Degrees or equivalent qualifications (Graduates)
 
Special Note:
Applicants seeking recognition under the category “Graduate” in respect of the Certificate of Recognition of CARICOM Skills Qualification, please note that only the “highest” level of qualification as it pertains to “degree” level (that is, Bachelor’s or Master’s or Doctoral) will be accepted by the Barbados Accreditation Council for processing.

2. Letter from the respective National Federation or Ministry, which clearly states that the applicant was registered in a particular field of art, music, sports, or as a media worker; or

3. Copies of relevant qualifications (Media workers, Sportspersons, Artistes, Musicians); or

4. Letters from previous employers which clearly state the function the applicant was performing (media workers, sportspersons, artistes, musicians)

5. A letter from a General Nursing Council of a CARICOM Member State indicating that the applicant is a nurse and stating the level of nursing for which the person is registered (Professional Nurses);

6 A Degree/Diploma/Certificate from an accredited/recognized institution offering teacher education (Teachers);

7. Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) at all levels in areas for which regional standards have been approved (Artisans);

8. National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) issued since January, 2004, in areas for which regional standards have been approved (Artisans); and

9.Associate Degree, 2 CAPE/”A” Levels, Certified Accounting Technician Qualification, National Technician Certificates requiring two years of study at post-secondary level (Associate Degree and comparable qualifications)

10. ONLY THE SIGNATURE OF A JUSTICE-OF-PEACE BASED IN BARBADOS WILL BE ACCEPTED

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PROCESSING TIMELINE

The minimum timeline for processing of applications for the Certificate of Recognition of CARICOM Skills Qualification and, verification of Certificates issued by other Member States, is eight (8) weeks.

COMPETENT AUTHORITIES

The Council collaborates with the following competent authorities in order to certify that
persons qualify for recognition as skilled CARICOM nationals:

National Sports Council (NSC) – Sportspersons
National Cultural Foundation (NCF) – Musicians and Artistes
Government Information Service (GIS) – Media person
General Nursing Council – Professional Nurses

In addition to the Council, application forms can be collected from these agencies and MUST be returned to the respective competent authority for certifying the skill.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

1. If a CARICOM national does not fall into any of the wage earning categories, he/she still requires a work permit if he/she wishes to work in another Member State.

2. As part of its services, the Council offers advice on the equivalency of foreign-based qualifications to local qualifications.
 

RECOGNITION SERVICES

Persons in category 10 who are graduates or holders of professional qualifications, which are equivalent to a degree, can apply on their own for the Certificate of Recognition.

As a part of its services, BAC offers advice on the equivalency of foreign-based qualifications to local awards. A fee is charged for this service.
 

LOST, STOLEN OR MISPLACED CERTIFICATES

NB: Only those certificates issued by BAC will be reissued to nationals and non-nationals

Barbadian nationals who need their Certificate replaced must:
• Report the lost/stolen/misplaced Certificate of Recognition of CARICOM Skills Qualification to the Commissioner of Police and the Immigration Department, in the country where the certificate was lost, stolen or misplaced,
• Submit an original (and copy to be certified) of the Police Report of the lost/stolen/misplaced Certificate, and
• Pay BDS$100 for the new Certificate.

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EXAMINATION AND VERIFICATION OF A CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION OF CARICOM SKILLS QUALIFICATION


General Documentation required for examination and verification of Certificate of Recognition of CARICOM Skills Qualification

Please appear in person and bring originals, and copies of the following documents to be certified:

1. Certificate of Recognition of CARICOM Skills Qualification
2. Birth Certificate
3. Proof of citizenship
4. Marriage Certificate (where applicable)
5. Qualifications (undergrad/postgrad/professional)
6. Proof of registration with professional agency
7. Passport (copy of bio-data page & date of issue)
8. Two (2) passport size photos (applicant’s name in block letters at back)
9. $100 application fee (per application)
10. Police Certificate(s) of Character (from home country and any other
countries where applicant has resided for more than six (6) months
since the age of sixteen years)

Supporting Documentation for All Persons  requesting verification of a Certificate of Recognition of CARICOM Skills Qualification

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PROCEDURES FOR ENTRY OF NON - NATIONALS INTO BARBADOS


At Port of Entry (Without a Certificate of Recognition of CARICOM Skills Qualification)

1. If a non-national expresses an interest in being recognised as a skilled CARICOM national – he/she will be advised by the Immigration Department to appear in person at the Barbados Accreditation Council.

2. If approval is granted, the person will be issued the Certificate of Recognition of CARICOM Skills Qualification.

3. The person will be required to return to the Immigration Department and present the Certificate as well as complete the relevant Immigration forms in order to be granted indefinite entry in Barbados.
 
At Port of Entry (With a Certificate of Recognition of CARICOM Skills Qualification)

1. If a non-national indicates that he/she possesses a Certificate of Recognition of CARICOM Skills Qualification – he/she will be advised by the Immigration Department to appear in person at the Barbados Accreditation Council.

2. Should the council verify the Certificate of Recognition of CARICOM Skills Qualification, letters of verification will be issued to the individual and the Immigration Department.

3. The person will be required to return to the Immigration Department and present the Certificate as well as the relevant Immigration forms in order to be granted indefinite entry in Barbados.
 

LOST, STOLEN OR MISPLACED CERTIFICATES

NB: Only those certificates issued by BAC will be reissued to nationals and non-nationals

Barbadian nationals who need their Certificate replaced must:
• Report the lost/stolen/misplaced Certificate of Recognition of CARICOM Skills Qualification to the Commissioner of Police and the Immigration Department, in the country where the certificate was lost, stolen or misplaced,
• Submit an original (and copy to be certified) of the Police Report of the lost/stolen/misplaced Certificate, and
• Pay BDS$100 for the new Certificate.
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last updated on: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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