Registration with the College of Midwives of British Columbia (CMBC) is required in order for an individual to practice midwifery in British Columbia (BC).
All internationally educated midwives (IEMs) who wish to register to practice midwifery in BC must first complete the Internationally Educated Midwives Bridging Program (IEMBP) at University of British Columbia (UBC) before seeking registration with CMBC.
The IEMBP supports midwives who have been educated outside of Canada in making the transition to working in the Canadian health care system and in the BC midwifery model of practice. The program has an application process, distance-accessible and in-person intensive gap training and orientation to practice in BC, and a short clinical internship. There are midwifery education and clinical experience requirements that must be met in order to be eligible to participate, and English language fluency requirements and supports to meet those requirements.
For information on applying to IEMBP, go to www.midwifery.ubc.ca/iembp
IEMBP graduates must also write and pass the Canadian Midwifery Registration Examination (CMRE) and the BC Jurisprudence Examination before being eligible for midwifery registration in BC. Information on how IEMBP graduates can seek midwife registration with CMBC can be found here.
While most of the IEMs will be eligible for General registration after completion of IEMBP, there may be a few of them who still do not meet the requirements for General registration and are eligible for Conditional registration only.
An applicant who is identified as a candidate for Conditional registration, is required to find an experienced General Registrant who is willing to act as a principal supervisor throughout the supervision plan to address identified gaps in clinical experience or competency. The Registration Committee reviews and must approve all supervision plans before a certificate of Conditional registration is granted.
A Conditional Registrant may only provide midwifery care within the conditions and limitations of an approved supervision plan. While a Conditional Registrant has up to one year to fulfil the requirements outlined in an approved supervision plan, these plans range in length from two months to a year. Once completed, a panel of the Registration Committee reviews supervision reporting and the request for change in registration status from Conditional to General registration.