Registration with the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) 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), BNNNM 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:
- Practising midwife registration – Midwives who hold this class of registration are permitted to practice in the full scope of midwifery care in BC. If you have been a full practising registrant for less than one year in the jurisdiction of origin, you will be subject to BCCNM’s Policy on New Registrant Requirement.
- Provisional midwife registration – If you have practice limitations, restrictions or conditions on your registration in the jurisdiction of origin or do not meet the requirements for Practising midwife registration, you may be granted Provisional midwife registration. This registration class allows an individual to practice as a midwife 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.
- Non-practising midwife registration – Midwives who hold this class of registration must not practice midwifery or any restricted activities in BC.
For more information, refer to BCCNM’s Policy on Inter-provincial Registration Reciprocity
Instructions on how a midwife registered in other Canadian jurisdictions can seek midwife registration with BCCNM are provided below.
Application and Process
To apply for midwife registration:
- Create an online account.
- 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 certificate of registration from the jurisdiction of origin;
- consent for release of Letter of Standing and Professional Conduct;
- 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
- 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 $230 and GST and BC Jurisprudence Examination fee of $300. Instructions on online payment by credit card will be provided once application is received.
- Arrange for three professional references to be sent directly to BCCNM.
- Write and pass the BC Jurisprudence Exam.
- Complete the Opioids and Benzodiazepines: Safe Prescribing for Midwives Course. 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 Inter-Provincial Registration Reciprocity
- Policy on New Registrant Requirements
- Policy on Timeframe for Completion of Application
- Policy on Re-attempting the BC Jurisprudence Examination