Registration with the College of Midwives of BC is required in order for an individual to practice midwifery in British Columbia. There are currently three routes to registration in BC:
- Graduation from a CMBC Recognized Midwifery Education Program
- Registration in another Canadian province or territory
- Completion of the UBC’s Internationally Educated Midwifery Bridging Program
Applicants who come through any of these routes can be granted registration to practice in one of these registration classes:
1) Midwives who hold general registration are permitted to practice independently in the full scope of midwifery care in British Columbia.
2) Conditional registration allows an individual to practice as a midwife under the supervision of an experienced general registrant. Internationally educated midwives may be granted general registration upon completion of the bridging program or, if they have gaps in competencies or experience, they may be granted conditional registration for a few months up to one year to address these gaps before becoming general registrants.
3) Temporary registration is available to midwives who qualify for general registration but wish to practice in British Columbia for a short period, usually as a locum. Graduates from a CMBC recognized midwifery education program may also be granted temporary registration while waiting for the results of the Canadian Midwifery Registration Examination.
All applicants must successfully complete the Canadian Midwifery Registration Examination and the BC Jurisprudence Examination and meet all other registration requirements as set out in the CMBC bylaws to qualify for registration.