14 Cosmetology schools in Jamaica & License Requirements for cosmetologists in Jamaica.

Cosmetology schools in Jamaica
Cosmetology schools in Jamaica

The cosmetology profession can be an exciting career where you help clients with their physical appearance.

If you are interested in becoming a cosmetologist or interested in attending the cosmetology schools in Jamaica, it is important that you know how much time you need to invest in order to be trained and licensed.

In this article, we will explore who a cosmetologist is, the type of cosmetologist and the cosmetology schools in Jamaica.

Who is a cosmetologist?

A cosmetologist is someone who provides cosmetology services to their clients. Cosmetologists often engage in cutting, styling and colouring hair. Other services cosmetologists engage in include services like facial hair treatment, manicures, pedicures, and makeup application.

Cosmetologists work in Salons and can also work in Spas and resorts. They typically use scissors, clippers, heat tools, combs, brushes and sometimes chemicals.

Cosmetologists’ hours are usually full-time, though it is not uncommon to work part-time with flexible scheduling. There are cosmetologists who work nights and even on weekends in order to accommodate enough customers.

How to become a cosmetologist in Jamaica

  • Earn a high school diploma
  • Graduate from a state-licensed cosmetology program in any of the cosmetology schools in Jamaica.
  • Register for a health permit
  • Pass your cosmetology licensing exam or health permit test
  • Receive your license
  • Choose to work as an employee or open your own spa or salon
  • Maintain your cosmetology license


How To Apply For A Beauty License In Jamaica

The beauty license in Jamaica is more like a cosmetology license. Once you have obtained your certificate from any of the cosmetology schools in Jamaica, you then visit any health centre near you.

Register for a health permit and take the registration receipt to (K SAC) with your certificate and 3 passport size picture, sign be a JP, and then pay the required fees.

You will have to wait on the date on the health permit on which you will visit the registered health Centre, at the date and time stated on the receipt from (K SAC ) and the remaining picture upon sitting the health permit test.

Afterwards, you will receive a call once your license is ready to be picked and also they will give you the date and time that you will return.

Note that these processes must be taken to seek employment or open a business.

That means, if you at any time want to open a business, you will need to take your license to the companies office of Jamaica to register your business.

Requirements for Barbers, Hairdressers, Cosmetologists and Beauty therapist license

1. Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN)
2. Valid Identification (National ID/ Passport/ Driver’s Licence)
3. Three (3) passport size photographs (per application) signed and stamped by J.P.
4. Cosmetology/Hairdressing/Barbering
5. Valid Health Permit (Cost $500.00 per annum @ the Health Department – for the personal licence only)
NB. If you are an employee, then a Letter from your employer, stamped and signed by a Justice of the Peace for applicants who do not own the salon he or she operates in.

Skills you must possess as a Cosmetologist

Effective cosmetologists require several skills that are fostered over the course of their education. Some of these skills will be acquired while in any of the cosmetology schools in Jamaica of your choice. We talked about some of these skills below.

Creativity: Being creative is one of the top qualities of cosmetologists. They must be aware of current trends in fashion and adapt their styling techniques in order to fit a client’s preference.

Cosmetologists who are creative often satisfy their client’s specific desires regardless of how familiar they might be with a particular service.

Cosmetological knowledge: Cosmetologists can use their training and knowledge in distinguishing common hygiene issues in hair, skin, and nail conditions, that may require additional medical consultation.

They also use their knowledge to offer product recommendations to treat hair breakage, dry skin and other minor conditions.

Customer service skills: A cosmetologist’s work is entirely driven by customer interactions. Cosmetologists who have strong interpersonal and customer service skills can make their clients feel more personally cared for and then such cosmetologists can be able to build a clientele.

Time-management skills: If you want your clients to always come back, then you must be able to keep up with your schedule with clients.

Being skilled at managing their time on the job can allow a cosmetologist to maximize the number of appointments that they can book in a day.

The list of cosmetology schools in Jamaica

Below are some of the cosmetology schools in Jamaica. They are not arranged in order of the best.

  • International School of Beauty and Massage Therapy, Montego Bay
  • Milady’s School of Cosmetology and Esthetics, Ocho Rios
  • Distinction College
  • Ochio Rios College
  • Excelsior Community College, Kongston
  • The Beauty Institute of Jamaica
  • Creativeminds School of Beauty
  • D’Marie Institute Ltd
  • HEART College of Beauty Services
  • La Marie Spa Institute
  • International School of Beauty and Massage Therapy
  • DJ’s School Of Cosmetology
  • Vanny Beauty School
  • Marie’s School of Beauty Culture and Cosmetology

Let us review these cosmetology schools in Jamaica.

The Beauty Institute of Jamaica

The mission of The Beauty Institute Jamaica is to provide an environment that educates and challenges its students to their fullest potential.

The Beauty Institute students will become confident lifelong learners with social intellectual and critical thinking skills that will enable them to function as leaders in the beauty industry and productive citizens of their community. All their courses are accredited by HEART & NCTVET.

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Distinction College

Distinction College is an approved City and Guilds Center, the leading skills development organisation, with the ability to issue qualifications that are highly valued by employers across the world, helping individuals develop their talents and abilities for career progression.

For cosmetology:

  • Duration: 4 months
  • Cost: $36,000 per term
  • Exam Offered: School Certificate, City & Guilds
  • Free courses Offered/top-up: ABE setting up your own business

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Ochio Rios College

Ochio Rios College is one of the cosmetology schools in Jamaica with over 200 students enrolled across all their programs. Their college is known for providing word-class education to its students and they offer  AMT certified courses to their students.

The institution was established with the aim of providing top-quality education to the Jamaican students. Their teaching staff consists of qualified and dedicated instructors who are experts when it comes to providing wordclass education.

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Excelsior Community College, Kongston

They are a  transformative, agile higher education institution with  a Christian worldview, forging linkages and positively impacting their communities.

They transform lives through quality education and training, applied research and partnership with local and international stakeholders. Visit their Website.



Creativeminds School of Beauty

At Creativeminds they offer Nail Technology, Hairstyling, Wig Making, Make-up Artistry, Braiding, Hair Care, Barbering, etc. They are located at shop 1, 32 Fletchers Avenue, Linstead, P.O, St Catherine.


D’Marie Institute Ltd

The D’Marie Institute is a high ranking, Jamaican skills training Academy like no other in the Caribbean.

Their instructors are well-trained and highly proficient. They will inspire you as they share their real-world experiences. Many have served in various capacities, which range from (but are not limited to): Runway shows and music videos, to being top-tier coaches and instructors.

They have years of experience in the Skills Training and Beauty Industry. Some have worked with MAJOR global cosmetic brands such like: -MAC Cosmetics -Clinique -Estee Lauder, and many more.

If you decide to join their team, you can earn your City & Guilds International Diploma in: -Teaching & Training; -Professional Makeup Artistry; -Hairdressing; -Barbering. Address: 38a Trafalgar Road, Kingston, Jamaica, Shop #4 @Pulse, Kingston 10, Kingston, Jamaica


HEART College of Beauty Services

HEART college of Beauty Services produces Beauty Services professionals that meet and exceed the requirements of the industry thus enabling them to be globally competitive. Visit their Website .


La Marie Spa Institute

La Marie Spa/Institute aims to provide you with innovative new techniques and modern methods for every course, while still honoring the earth and environment.

They offer a variety of beauty programs and cosmetology courses including cosmetology, esthetics, make-up artistry, and cosmetology educator training. Visit their Website.


International School of Beauty and Massage Therapy

This is one of the top Beauty Schools I know in Jamaica. Address: Vanhaze Building, 16 E St, Montego Bay, Jamaica. Phone: +1 876-832-6746.


DJ’s School Of Cosmetology

Address: 9 Corinaldi Ave, Montego Bay, Jamaica. Phone: +1 876-312-7518.

Dj school of beauty provides a comprehensive and comprehensive pathway for students to see progress after the end of each module.

With a team of extremely dedicated and quality lecturers, dj school of beauty will not only be a place to share knowledge but also to help students get inspired to explore and discover many creative ideas from themselves.

Clear and detailed training methods for each lesson will ensure that students can acquire and apply knowledge into practice easily.

The teaching tools of dj school of beauty are guaranteed to be the most complete and intuitive.


Vanny Beauty School

Vanny School of Beauty is design to educate all student through in-depth teaching and training. Providing a platform for anyone interested into the beauty industry.


Marie’s School of Beauty Culture and Cosmetology

This cosmetology school aims at meeting the needs of individuals who wish to perform professional hair care and nail care services. Address: N/A, 1 Beckford St, Spanish Town, Jamaica. Phone: +1 876-422-4484.


Milady’s School of Cosmetology and Esthetics, Ocho Rios

The Premier Beauty School on the North Coast of Jamaica.

They are NCTVET accredited. They specialize in Cosmetology, Massage Therapy, Beauty Therapy and Nail Technology.

They also have supplementary/advance courses available for professionals who are looking to continue their education.

Address: Shop 26, Beecham Plaza, 76 Main St, Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Phone: +1 876-631-3364.

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