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Classes of Registration

Classes of Registration

Midwives can be registered in several different classes of registration, General, Supervised, Transitional, and Inactive. Members of the College can apply to change class or resign their registration.


Registrants in the General class practise with no restrictions on their registration. The majority of midwives are members of the General class.

Click here to see the requirements to hold a General certificate.

New Registrants

All members in their first year of practice as a General certificate holder have conditions imposed on their certificate of registration. New registrants must practise within an established Ontario practice; attending a minimum requirement of 30 births as a primary midwife and 30 births as a second midwife; and must attend births with another general registrant who is not subject to new registrant conditions. Once all new registrant requirements have been met, the new registrant conditions will be lifted from the midwife’s certificate of registration.

Related Links

New Registrants Policy (Note: To be rescinded on June 1, 2019)

New Registrants Policy (Note: Effective June 1, 2019)

New Registrant Conditions Reporting Form (Note:  Effective June 1, 2019)

Guidelines to the New Registrants Policy  (To be rescinded on June 1, 2019)

New Registrant Clinical Experience Form  (To be rescinded on June 1, 2019)


Supervised Practice

An applicant may be registered with a supervised practice certificate of registration in limited circumstances. This class is designed for applicants who do not meet the clinical experience requirements of the General class and therefore require a period of supervision before registration in the General class can be granted. Members in the Supervised class can only practise midwifery under the supervision of an approved supervisor and in accordance with an approved supervision plan. A supervised practice certificate can only be granted for a maximum of one year. However, in some circumstances the Registration Committee can approve the reissuance of a supervised practice certificate after the one-year period.

Click here to see the requirements to hold a Supervised certificate.

Related Links

Agreement to Act as Supervisor Form

Criteria for Approval of Supervisors

Supervised Practice Conflict Of Interest Declaration Form

Supervision Information



Applicants who are able to meet all of the entry-to-practice requirements and who have written the national midwifery qualifying examination, but have not received the results of the examination, are eligible for a transitional certificate of Registration. This certificate allows registrants who are awaiting the results of the examination to practise midwifery while under the supervision of a member who holds a General certificate of registration. Transitional certificates are valid for up to 90 days and will be revoked when the registrant is notified that they have passed the examination and are issued a General or Supervised certificate or when they are notified that they have failed the exam.

Click here to see the requirements to hold a Transitional certificate.

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Policy on Transitional Certificate of Registration


Members who are not practising midwifery can choose to become Inactive with the College and pay a reduced fee.  Inactive certificate holders are members of the College and must renew their certificates of registration each year by October 1.

Members in the Inactive class may use the protected title “midwife” or a variation. It is a condition of an Inactive certificate of registration that the member must not practise midwifery in Ontario.

Members need to apply to change their class back to General, and at that time provide any and all requirements, including fees, professional liability insurance, current proofs of NRP, CPR, ES, and the successful completion of the College’s Jurisprudence Course, if not previously completed. Their application will be reviewed to ensure current clinical experience in accordance with the Registration Regulation and the College policies.

A review by a panel of the Registration Committee may be required to determine a requalification program if the current clinical experience requirements of the Registration Regulation are not met.