Registration with the College of Midwives of British Columbia (CMBC) is required in order for an individual to practice midwifery in British Columbia (BC).
In accordance with Chapter 7 of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) formerly known as Canada’s Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT), CMBC will register midwives who are currently registered in other Canadian jurisdictions in one of the following registration classes in BC which is determined to be equivalent to their status in the jurisdiction of origin:
- General registration – Midwives who hold this class of registration are permitted to practice independently in the full scope of midwifery care in BC. If you have been a general or full registrant for less than one year in the jurisdiction of origin, you will be subject to CMBC’s Policy on New Registrant Requirement.
- Conditional registration – If you have conditions or restrictions on your registration in the jurisdiction of origin or 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 can apply for and be granted Temporary registration for a period of up to 90 days if you wish to practice in BC for a short period, usually as a locum.
- Non-practising registration – Midwives who hold this class of registration must not practice midwifery or any restricted activities in BC.
For more information, refer to CMBC’s Policy on Inter-provincial Registration Reciprocity
Instructions on how a midwife registered in other Canadian jurisdictions can seek midwife registration with CMBC are provided below.
Application and Process
To apply for midwife registration:
- Create an online account.
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), fax (604-357-1867) or mail (900-200 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 1S4):
- copy of certificate of registration from the jurisdiction of origin;
- consent for release of Letter of Standing and Professional Conduct;
- 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
- name and address of practice or
if applicable 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 Examination fee of $300 as required in the CMBC Fee 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 will be provided once application is received.
- Arrange for three professional references to be sent directly to CMBC.
- 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 do not complete the course prior to registration, you will only be eligible for Conditional registration.
- 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. Instructions on online payment 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: