Q&A

  1. What does registration with the BC College of Nurses and Midwives mean?
    Registration with the BC College of Nurses and Midwives allows an individual to legally practice midwifery in the province of British Columbia.

    Registrants of the BCCNM have met all the criteria for registration and, in the best judgement of the Registration Committee, are competent, current and safe practitioners. Registered midwives have access to the guidelines, policies and other documents developed by BCCNM to assist them in providing high quality midwifery service in the province of British Columbia (BC). A registered midwife must:

    • practice within the midwifery scope and model of practice and according to the Midwives Regulation, Bylaws of the BC College of Nurses and Midwives, Standards of Practice, and Code of Ethics;
    • carry professional liability insurance in an amount that is at least the minimum level of coverage required under BCCNM Bylaws; and
    • meet the continuing competency and quality assurance requirements, and annual registration requirements set by BCCNM.
  1. What are the classes of registration?
    The following classes of registrants are established in the BCCNM Bylaws:
    • Practising midwife registrant
    • Provisional midwife registrant
    • Non-practising midwife registrant
    • Temporary midwife (emergency) registrant
    • Student midwife registrant

For detailed information on the classes of registrants and their respective requirements for registration, please refer to BCCNM Bylaws.

  1. Who will review my application for registration?
    The BCCNM Registration Committee is responsible for determining who is qualified to practice midwifery in BC and conducts and oversees the registration process. The Registration Committee includes both appointed public members and BC registered midwives.
  1. How do I register?
    Point your cursor on the Registration Tab on the top of the page and click to select an applicable sub-tab under Midwife Registration to find out more about the registration requirements and process involved for each of the routes to registration as a midwife in BC.
  1. What is the cost of registration?
    The application and registration fees can be found in Schedule G of BCCNM Bylaws. Each registrant, except a Non-practising midwife registrant, must obtain and at all times maintain professional liability insurance at the level set out in BCCNM Bylaws. The Midwives Association of BC is responsible for negotiating the funding contract for midwifery services in BC and professional liability insurance is accessed through membership with MABC. For information on the cost of professional liability insurance, please contact MABC.