Q & A about Registration

1. What does registration with the College of Midwives of British Columbia mean?

Registration with the College of Midwives of British Columbia (CMBC) allows an individual to legally practice midwifery in the province of British Columbia.

Registrants of the CMBC have met all the criteria for registration and, in the best judgement of the Registration Committee, are competent, current and safe practitioners. Registered midwives have access to the guidelines, policies and other documents developed by the CMBC to assist them in providing high quality midwifery service in the province of British Columbia. A registered midwife must:

  • meet annual registration renewal requirements;
  • practice within the CMBC midwifery model of practice and according to the Midwives Regulation, CMBC Bylaws, CMBC Standards of Practice, and the CMBC Code of Ethics;
  • carry professional liability insurance in an amount that is at least the minimum level of coverage required by the Board; and
  • meet the continuing competency requirements set by the Quality Assurance Committee and the College Board.

2. What are the classes of registration?

For detailed information on the classes of registration and their respective requirements for registration, please refer to the CMBC bylaws.

The classes for actively practicing midwives including but not limited to general registration, conditional registration and temporary registration. Most applicants for registration become either general or conditional registrants. Temporary registration is most often used for registered midwives coming from other Canadian provinces or territories to do a locum for a BC midwife or graduates from a CMBC recognized midwifery education program who are waiting for the results of the Canadian Midwifery Registration Examination.

3. Who will review my application for registration?
The Registration Committee of the CMBC is responsible for determining who is qualified to practice midwifery in BC and conducts and oversees the registration process. The Registration committee includes both appointed public members and BC registered midwives. A panel of the Registration Committee reviews all applications for registration applying the criteria set out in the College’s bylaws.

4. How do I register?
Go to Routes to Registration to find out more about the process involved for each of the routes to registration as a midwife in BC.

5. What is the cost of registration?
The application and registration fees can be found in Schedule 3 of the CMBC bylaws.
Each registrant, except a non-practising registrant or student registrant, must obtain and at all times maintain professional liability insurance at the level set out in the CMBC bylaws. The Midwives Association of BC is responsible for negotiating the funding contract for midwifery services in BC and professional liability insurance is accessed through membership in the MABC. For information on the cost of professional liability insurance, please contact the Midwives Association of BC.