Registration with the College of Midwives of British Columbia (CMBC) is required in order for an individual to practice midwifery in British Columbia (BC).
If you are a graduate from a CMBC recognized midwifery education program, you can apply for and be granted registration to practice in one of the following registration classes:
- General registration – Midwives who hold this class of registration are permitted to practice independently in the full scope of midwifery care in BC. As a program graduate, you will be subject to CMBC’s Policy on New Registrant Requirements.
- Conditional registration – If you do not meet the requirements for General registration, you may be granted Conditional registration. This registration class allows an individual to practice as a midwife by completing educational upgrading courses or a period of supervised practice during a monitored and specific time period.
- Temporary registration – You may be granted Temporary registration for a period of up to 60 days pending the successful completion of the Canadian Midwifery Registration Examination (CMRE). Once you successfully complete the CMRE, you are required to apply for a change of registration class to General.
Instructions on how a graduate from a CMBC recognized midwifery education program can seek midwife registration with CMBC are provided below.
Application and Process
To apply for midwife registration:
- Create an online account if you do not already have an account with CMBC.
- Complete an application form.
Note: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and recognition of the challenges experiencing by applicants in getting section 7 (Disclosure of Past Proceedings) notarized, section 8 (Authorization) and section 9 (Declaration) witnessed, CMBC has temporarily waived these requirements for completing the application.
- Submit the application form with the following required documents to CMBC by email (email@example.com), fax (604-357-1867) or mail (900-200 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 1S4):
- copy of diploma or other proof of graduation;
- copy of Canadian birth certificate, passport or proof of authorization to 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 $200 and BC Jurisprudence Exam fee of $300 as required in the CMBC Fees Schedule. Indicate on the payment form your selected mode of payment. You may choose to pay by credit card, or submit your application with a money order or certified cheque. Instructions on online payment by credit card will be provided once application is received.
- Arrange for your university to forward your official transcript to CMBC.
- Arrange for three professional references to be sent directly to CMBC.
- Write and pass the Canadian Midwifery Registration Exam.
- Read the Orientation to Midwifery Practice in BC, and 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 CMBC.
- 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 registration fee which is prorated on a monthly basis for 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 CMBC policies: