Members are required to submit an application to the College to change their class of registration for periods they will not be practising midwifery in Ontario or to resume the practice of midwifery in Ontario. Applications for class changes may be submitted at any time during the membership year, however, processing times vary depending on the type of class change, and if the application is received during the high-volume Registration Renewal period of August through October.
There are three types of class changes as follows:
Applications may be submitted by one of the following methods:
Applications that are incomplete or are missing required documentation will result in processing delays. Class changes to the General class during the Registration Renewal period from August to October may require additional time for the College to process. Please allow ample time for processing by submitting your application as early as possible. Should you require any further information regarding class changes, please contact the Registration Department at email@example.com or 416-640-2252 ext. 208.
Click to expand for more information on different types of class changes.1. General Class to Inactive Class
Members in the General class who wish to change to the Inactive class of registration simply submit an application form to the College by email before the effective date of the change. This type of class change can be processed relatively quickly by the College and generally takes up to 10 business days. Class changes effective on October 1st, can be initiated as per note below. Members in the Inactive class remain members of the College, and thus are required to renew their membership registration with the College by the October 1st deadline. Renewal information is available annually in August. Inactive members of the College may continue to use the title Registered Midwife or RM, however, are not permitted to practise midwifery in Ontario while in the Inactive class.
Note: For class changes effective October 1st, which is the start of the registration membership year (October 1st to September 30th), a member may submit a class change request to Inactive class directly through the renewal portal. The renewal portal is available from August 1st to October 1st only. This process automatically adjusts registration renewal fees to the inactive renewal fees.
To initiate the class change process, download, complete, and submit the following form: Change of Class General to Inactive Class Form
Once the College processes the class change to Inactive, the following occurs:
Note: All class changes to the General class effective as of April 1, 2018 require the completion of the College’s Jurisprudence Course, if the course was not completed previously. In accordance with the College’s Fees and Remuneration By-law, a $50 fee will apply when a member requests to change class from Inactive back to General. For more information on the Inactive to General class change process, please see below.
2. Inactive Class to General Class
Members in the Inactive class who wish to change to the General class of registration are requested to submit an application form to the College by email a minimum of eight weeks before the requested date of the change. Class changes of this type can generally be processed within 15 business days when the member has submitted all required items, and a review by a Panel of the Registration Committee is not required.
The Registration Regulation requires members wishing to be re-issued a General certificate of registration to meet the requirements outlined in section 15(4)(a). This includes the following requirements:
A member must have practised midwifery for at least two consecutive years in the preceding four years immediately before the date of application for re-issuance of a General certificate of registration, and have the following birth numbers:
In addition, a member must have, at the time of entry into the profession or over the course of the member’s time practising the profession, completed the following:
Note: All class changes to the General class effective as of April 1, 2018 require the completion of the College’s Jurisprudence Course, if the course was not completed previously.
Required items for a class change from Inactive Class to the General Class are:
A member pays General fees for the months or partial months practising and Inactive fees for the months not practising in a registration year (October 1st to September 30th). Registration fees due and paid are reflected in the Member Portal. You can see the College’s Fee Schedule here.
Unless otherwise notified by the College, additional registration fees are required to change to the General class from Inactive class.
To initiate the process, download, complete, and submit the following Change of Class form: Change of Class Inactive to General Class Change Form
Note: During the processing of the class change application, if it is determined that a review by a Panel of the Registration Committee is required, a member will be advised in writing. A panel review process is initiated when a member does not meet the current clinical experience requirement, and the review may take two months to complete. Members are advised to plan accordingly.
Once the College processes the class change to General, the following occurs:
3. Inactive to General Class Requiring a Registration Committee Panel Review.
Where a member cannot demonstrate current clinical experience and active practice, the Registration Regulation provides an alternative means for the member to become eligible for a General certificate of registration. Section 15(4)(b) enables a member to successfully complete a requalification program that has been approved by a panel of the Registration Committee for that purpose. The purpose of the requalification program is to ensure a member moving from Inactive to General has the current knowledge and skill to practise midwifery safely and effectively as a primary care provider.
During the processing of the class change application, if it is determined that a review by a Panel of the Registration Committee is required to approve a requalification program, the member will be advised in writing and requested to make a formal written submission to the Panel within 30 days.
Therefore, the member will be referred to a panel of the Registration Committee as follows:
Note: This process takes time and members should apply at least two months prior to their anticipated return to work date. While the College works to accommodate the return to work dates of members, each individual case is different, and timeframes may vary. In addition, members should account for the possibility of needing to complete a requalification program prior to being re-issued a General certificate. The time required for this may be more than the processing time when there is a panel referral.
In accordance with Sections 15 (4) (a) and 7.7 of the Registration Regulation, all members requesting a class change from the Inactive class to the General class of registration effective April 1, 2018, are required to show evidence of having completed the College’s Jurisprudence Course, unless the course was previously completed.
Note: The usual $300 fee for the Jurisprudence Course is waived for class changes. The Jurisprudence Course may be completed up to one year prior to the effective date of the class change.