Q1. Is Caribbean Institute of Hospitality and Jan’s School of Catering one and the same?

Yes. The school was renamed Caribbean Institute of Hospitality in 2012.

Q2. How long has the school been in operation?

The school has been in operation since 1982. We were previously located on Mannings Hill Road and Dumbarton Avenue.

Q3. Is the school registered with the Ministry of Education?


Q4. Is this a HEART school?

No. We are a private institution that is accredited by NCTVET/HEART Trust NTA ,and in partnership with Runaway Bay HEART College of Hospitality. As an Accredited Organization (ATO), our students receive the National Vocational Qualification of Jamaica (NVQ-J) Award or Statements of Competence from NCTVET/HEART in approved areas of study.

Q5. Where exactly are you located?

We are located at 29 Courtney Walsh Drive (Derrymore Road), which is off Eastwood Park Road, near to Half Way Tree. Courtney Walsh Drive (Derrymore Road) is the first left at the back of Pavilion Mall on Eastwood Park Road.

Q6. What are the courses offered and the duration?

  • Culinary Management Diploma - 12 Month
  • Cooking 101 - 4 Months
  • Cake Baking and Decorating - 6 Months
  • Food and Beverage Restaurant Service- 3 Months
  • House Keeping - 4 Months
  • Floral Designs - 6 Weeks

Q7. What are the requirements for entry?

For our 12-month course, students are required to have two (2) CXC subjects or equivalent qualifications. If you do not have these, you will be required to sit a Math and English Entry Test. For all other shorts courses, you must be able to able to read and write and do basic calculations. Applicants must be 16 years and older.

Q8. How much is the Registration Fee and what do I need to register?

A non-refundable registration fee of $2000.00 is required of all applicants. Applicants are required to submit two passport size photos, two letters of recommendation, certified copies of their birth certificate, TRN, certificates awarded and a valid food handler’s permit.

Q9. Am I required to wear uniform?

Uniform is required if you are attending the day school, that is, our uniform shirt (available on sale at our school office) with black or navy blue pants or skirt. Evening students are required to dress appropriately, in keeping with the field of study.

Q10. Are classes offered on the weekend?

Q2. Presently, classes are only offered during the day and in the evenings (5:30 – 8:30 p.m.)

Q11. Is a there a payment plan if I am not able to pay my school fee in full?

Yes, we have payment plans available, which can be discussed at the time of registration.

Q12. Will I be required to provide my own hand tools?

NOT TOTALLY. The institution provides MAJORITY OF THE TOOLS . Students are required to provide A FEW tools. The school provides a list of the tools required for training at orientation, and students are guided in terms of when and where to purchase these items.

Q13. Will I be required to provide my own practical ingredients?

No you will not be required to provide major items for practicals (conditions apply)

Q14. Is work experience provided?

Internal work experience is provided during training through the catering arm of the school, and external work experience upon completion.

Q15. Is job placement available upon completion of the course?

Assistance with job placement is provided upon completion of training, subject to the student’s individual performance. Students also have the opportunity to earn while being trained, through our Trainee Work Programme.

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