Registration with the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) is required in order for an individual to practice midwifery in British Columbia (BC).
If you are a graduate from a BCCNM recognized midwifery education program, you can apply for and be granted registration to practice in one of the following registration classes:
- Practising midwife registration – Midwives who hold this class of registration are permitted to practice in the full scope of midwifery care in BC. As a program graduate, you will be subject to BCCNM’s Policy on New Registrant Requirements.
- Provisional midwife registration – If you do not meet all the requirements for Practising midwife registration, you may be eligible for Provisional midwife registration. You may practice in the full scope of midwifery pending the results of the Canadian Midwifery Registration Examination or the BC Jurisprudence Examination. Or you may practice with limits and conditions while completing educational upgrading courses or a period of supervised practice during a monitored and specific time period to address deficiencies in the knowledge, skills or abilities required for Practising midwife registration.
Instructions on how a graduate from a BCCNM recognized midwifery education program can seek midwife registration are provided below.
Application and Process
To apply for midwife registration:
- Create an online account if you do not already have an account with BCCNM.
- Complete an application form
- Submit the application form with the following required documents to BCCNM by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), fax (604-899-0794) or mail (900 – 200 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 1S4):
- copy of proof of graduation;
- notarized copies of two pieces of identification including proof of authorization to reside and work in Canada;
- proof of certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR);
- proof of certification in emergency skills workshop (ESW);
- proof of completion of a Fetal Health Surveillance (FHS) course;
- proof of completion of a Canadian neonatal resuscitation (NRP) course; and
- signed new registrant mentorship agreement listing the name of an established practice and the practising midwives where you intend to address new registrants requirement.
- Pay the application fee of $230 and GST and BC Jurisprudence Exam fee of $300. Instructions on online payment by credit card will be provided once application is received.
- Arrange for your university to forward your official transcript to BCCNM.
- Arrange for three professional references to be sent directly to BCCNM.
- Write and pass the Canadian Midwifery Registration Exam.
- Write and pass the BC Jurisprudence Exam.
- Complete the Opioids and Benzodiazepines: Safe Prescribing for Midwives Course if you have not already done so during your midwifery education. Submit your course completion certificate to BCCNM.
- Consent to criminal record check. Instructions on how to request and consent to a criminal record check in Canada and/or other applicable jurisdictions will be provided once application is reviewed.
- Pay the prorated registration fee which applies to a registrant who is registered for less than the full registration year (April to March). Instructions on online payment by credit card and the amount required will be provided once application is approved.
- Obtain professional liability insurance from the Midwives Association of BC (MABC).
The midwife registration process and timelines can be found here.
Applicants should read the following BCCNM policies:
- Policy on New Registrant Requirements
- Policy on Timeframe for Registration for Approved Program Graduates
- Policy on Timeframe for Completion of Application
- Policy on Re-attempting the BC Jurisprudence Examination