the free movement clause of the CARICOM Single Market
and Economy (CSME), skilled persons are entitled to
move and work freely in the throughout the region.
These include university graduates, media practitioners,
artistes, musicians, sportspersons, managers, technical
and supervisory staff attached to a company or a self-employed
But while university graduates only need to show their
degrees to be granted a CARICOM Recognition of Skills
Qualification, other professionals such as sportsmen,
musicians and artistes, are required to present other
The CARICOM Secretariat outlines that even within
these broad areas, there are more specific categories.
In sport for example, different documents are required
from athletes as opposed to coaches, whilst athletes
have to be registered as a professional or semi professional
in their field, coaches need to give proof of their
affiliation to the respective sport federation, their
tenure in the profession and their qualifications
regarding their job.
The list of requirements for coaches is also further
broken down by the sport activity itself. This means
that cricket coaches are required to present a different
set of documents than football or track and field
coaches. Cricket coaches for example, have to present
their West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Senior Coaching
Certificate, documentation that proves their affiliation
to the National Cricket Association and also documentation
that says that they have been coaches in the region
for the past three years.
Football coaches are required to show their diplomas
from reputable institutions, examples of which are:
the FIFA level 3 Academy Coaching Diploma, the Brazil
Football Academy Coaching Diploma or the Football
Association of England Coaching Diploma. They should
also be practising coaches within the last 18 months
and affiliated to their country’s National Football
On the other hand, track and field coaches are required
to present their International Amateur Athletic Federation
Level 11 Coaching Certificates in sprints and hurdles,
throws and jumps or middle and long distance running.
If they do not have these documents, they may present
their coaching diploma, from a reputable institution,
along with proof of practical experience within the
last two years or present evidence of their affiliation
with their country’s National Athletic Association.
Artistes or musicians fall into four separate categories
and each grouping has specific documentation requirements.
Category one consists of visual, performing, literary,
plastic, folk and carnival artistes. To be granted
the skills certificates they will have to prove the
community or national impact that their work has,
give a record of awards granted by professional or
national bodies and/or a record of employment in the
Category two artistes or musicians are technicians
such as stage or road managers and light and sound
operators. They should also prove the national impact
of their activities, give a track record or give evidence
of special training in the specific field in order
to be granted the skills certificate.
Support staff such as road crew, which is different
from road managers, constitute the third category.
To be granted the skills certificate, they have to
prove that they are attached to an artiste or musician.
In category four is the arts educator, who has no
university certification, but is qualified up to a
certain level within the education system and/or has
evidence of special training in the specific field.
Skilled CARICOM nationals, who wish to exercise their
right under the Free Movement clause under the CSME,
can either apply for the skills certificate in either
the host or home state.
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Free Movement of
Persons Act, 1997, is a legislation that all CARICOM
Member States should have in place by December 2005,
the latest. It allows for free movement of skilled
labour in six categories and persons can qualify for
Skills Certificates, which allow for free movement
across the CARICOM region.