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Canadian applicants

The application process for applicants from other jurisdictions in Canada

​Inter-provincial r​​egistration

Registration with the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) is required in order for an individual to practice midwifery in British Columbia.


Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA)

In accordance with Chapter 7 of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) formerly known as Canada’s Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT), BCCNM will register midwives who hold what is determined to be the equivalent to practising midwife registration in another Canadian jurisdiction. This registration must be maintained throughout the application process until an applicant is registered with BCCNM. If the applicant’s registration is changed to another class prior to being granted registration in B.C., their application will need to be re-assessed as a graduate from a recognized program.

  • Practising Midwife registration: Midwives who hold this class of registration (or equivalent) are permitted to practice in the full scope of midwifery care in B.C. If you have been a practising registrant for less than one year in the jurisdiction of origin, you may be subject to BCCNM’s Policy on New Registrant Requirements​​.

Application an​​d Process​

Instructions on how a Canadian applicant can seek midwife registration are provided below.

​​1. Prepare your documents
To avoid delays in processing your application, prepare the following documents before you start your application:
  • 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 valid certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Proof of valid certification in emergency skills workshop (ES)
  • Proof of valid completion of a Fetal Health Surveillance (FHS) course
  • Proof of valid completion of a Canadian neonatal resuscitation (NRP) course
  • Name and address of practice or if applicable, a signed New Registrant Mentorship Agreement​ listing the name of an established practice and the practising midwives where you intend to address the new registrant requirements
2. Apply to BCCNM
  • Create an online account if you do not already have one.
  • Complete the application form
Submit the form and all required supporting documentation to BCCNM Registration Services by:
3. Pay fees
Pay the application fee of $230+GST and the B.C. jurisprudence exam fee of $300. Instruction for online payment will be provided once your application is received.
4. Professional references
Arrange for three professional references to be sent directly to BCCNM using the Reference form​.
5. B.C. Jurisprudence exam
Write and pass the B.C. jurisprudence exam​
6. Opioids and Benzodiazepines: Safe Prescribing for Midwives course
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.
7. Criminal record check
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.
8. Pay registration fees
Pay your registration fee. Instructions on online payment by credit card and the amount required will be provided once application is approved.
9. Professional liability insurance
Obtain professional liability insurance from the Midwives Association of BC​.
10. Wait for confirmation of registration from BCCNM
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. Before calling to check on the status of your application, please:

  • Double-check that you submitted your application and that your payment went through
  • Check your junk mail and spam folders​​​