Registration with the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) is required in order for an individual to practice midwifery in British Columbia. If you are a graduate from a BCCNM recognized midwifery education program, you can apply for registration to practice in one of the following registration classes:
Midwives who hold practising registration are permitted to practice in the full scope of midwifery care in B.C. As a program graduate, you will be subject to BCCNM’s Policy on New Registrant Requirements.
If you do not meet all the requirements for practising midwife registration you may be eligible for provisional midwife registration. Under provisional registration, you may practice the full scope of midwifery pending a successful result of the Canadian Midwifery Registration Examination (CMRE). Provisional midwife registration may also be granted with limits and conditions while completing educational upgrading courses or a period of supervised practice during a monitored and specific time frame 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. BCCNM recommends submitting applications for registration a minimum of 4-6 weeks in advance of your anticipated registration date. If you believe your application may be considered
complex, you may wish to submit your application earlier.
To avoid delays in processing your application, prepare the following documents before you start your application. Refer to the
Policy on Continuing Competencies to ensure that your certifications and courses meet BCCNM's requirements:
Create an online account if you do not already have one.
Form 159 Application for Midwife Registration - Approved Program Graduate.
Submit the form and all required supporting documentation to BCCNM Registration Services by:
Mail: 900-200 Granville Street, Vancouver B.C., V6C 1S4
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.
Write and pass the
Canadian Midwifery Registration Exam.
Consent to a 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 your registration fee. 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.
Once you have paid your registration fees, we will send you an email confirming that you have been granted registration. You must not practise as a midwife until you receive confirmation of registration.
Haven't received a confirmation email?
Registration will not be granted until your payment has been received and liability insurance has been confirmed. Before calling to check on the status of your application, please:
You will be able to request a
Certificate of Professional Conduct (CPC) through your account on our website.
Please note: this feature is only available as of the date of your registration. BCCNM cannot issue a CPC prior to this.
You can apply for a
Medical Services Plan (MSP) number once you have been granted registration.