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Internationally-educated midwives

Information for internationally-educated midwives on how to become a registered midwife in B.C.

​Midwifery bridging programs​

If you are an internationally educated midwife (IEM) who wishes to register to practice midwifery in B.C., you must first complete a BCCNM-recognized midwifery bridging programs. There are two options​​:

The midwifery bridging programs support midwives who have been educated outside of Canada in making the transition to working in the Canadian health care system and in the B.C. midwifery model of practice or the midwifery practice in Ontario. 


Graduates of the recognized midwifery bridging programs must also write and pass the Canadian Midwifery Registration Examination​ (CMRE) and the B.C. Jurisprudence Examination​ before being eligible for midwifery registration in B.C. Applicants who have not yet written the exam(s) may be eligible for provisional registration. Learn more under "how to apply" below.

How to apply

If you have completed a midwifery bridging program, you can apply for registration with BCCNM as a graduate of a recognized midwifery education program​.  

While most of the IEMs will be eligible for practising midwife registration after completion of a recognized bridging program, there may be a few of them who still do not meet the requirements for practising midwife registration and are eligible for provisional midwife registration only. 

Provisional registration

A provisional midwife registrant may practice 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.​

​If you have questions about the information above, please contact BCCNM Registration Services at or 604.742.6200 (1.866.880.7101 toll-free within Canada only).