Skip to main content

Midwives' three-year certification requirement extended due to pandemic

Jan 8, 2021

​As part of their continuing competencies, practising midwives are typically required to recertify or complete courses—cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), emergency skills (ES), fetal health surveillance (FHS) and neonatal resuscitation (NRP)—on an established schedule.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of in-person courses in 2020, the former College of Midwives of BC amended their policy to require proof of certification or completion every three years in emergency situations. Due to the ongoing nature of the pandemic, BCCNM has also adopted the three-year certification requirement for the upcoming renewal period.

What this means for you

If you are a practising registered midwife and completed your CPR, ES, FHS an NRP certifications/courses on or after April 1, 2018, you will meet the registration requirement and will be eligible for renewal.  

If any of your completion date(s) are outside this three-year window (i.e. before April 1, 2018), we recommend attempting to complete the requirement before March 31, 2021. If you anticipate that you cannot complete the requirement by March 31, 2021, please contact the Registration Services team at


If you have questions about the three-year certification requirement, please contact BCCNM Registration Services at or 604.742.6200 (1.866.880.7101 toll-free within Canada only).