College of Midwives of British Columbia

Routes to Registration

Registration with the College of Midwives of BC is required in order to practice midwifery in British Columbia. There are currently three routes to registration in BC:

Graduation from a CMBC Approved Midwifery Education Program

Registration in another Canadian province

Participation in the Multi-jurisdictional Midwifery Bridging Program for internationally-educated midwives


Applicants who come through any of these routes can be granted registration to practice in one of these registration classes: 1) Midwives who hold general registration are permitted to practice independently in the full scope of midwifery care in British Columbia. 2) Conditional registration allows an individual to practice as a midwife under the supervision of an experienced general registrant. Internationally-educated midwives may be granted general registration upon completion of the Bridging Program or, if they have gaps in competencies or experience, they may be granted conditional registration for a few months up to one year to address these gaps before becoming general registrants. 3) Temporary registration is available to midwives who qualify for general registration but wish to practice in British Columbia for a short period, usually as a locum.

Approved program graduates and international applicants must write the Canadian Midwifery Registration Examination (CMRE) to qualify for registration. For more information on the CMRE visit the Canadian Midwifery Regulators Consortium website at cmrc-ccosf.ca/node/23. New graduates may register as temporary registrants while waiting for the results of the Canadian Midwifery Registration Examination (CMRE).

The College also registers students from approved education programs to allow them to participate in clinical placements, has a category of non-practicing registration for midwives who are on leave or retire from practice, and from time to time the College board confers honorary registration on persons who have a significant contribution to midwifery.