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Returning to Practice

Returning to Practice

The Registration Regulation requires that all applicants to the College must have a degree from the Midwifery Education Program or have completed the International Midwifery Pre-registration Program.

1. Meet the current clinical experience requirements set out in the Registration Regulation.

Applicants must also have current clinical experience consisting of active practice for at least two years out of the four years immediately before the date of the application, and have attended at least 60 births, of which at least:

  • 40 were attended as primary midwife,
  • 30 were attended as part of the care provided to a client in accordance with the principles of continuity of care,
  • 10 were attended in hospital, of which at least five were attended as primary midwife, and
  • 10 were attended in a residence or remote clinic or remote birth centre, of which at least five were attended as primary midwife.

2. Complete the qualifying examination

All applicants must have completed the Canadian Midwifery Registration Exam (CMRE). The Canadian Midwifery Registration Exam (CMRE) is a national written examination designed to assess applicants for midwifery registration to ensure that they meet entry-level competency standards set out in the Canadian Competencies for Midwives. Its goal is to ensure that midwives entering midwifery practice are competent and safe practitioners providing a consistent standard of care across Canada. You can click here for more information on the CMRE. 

If you are applying to the College as a former registrant, and you meet the following criteria, you are exempted from the above qualifications but will be referred to the Registration Committee for approval of a requalification program.

  • You resigned your General certificate of registration less than five years ago
  • You held a General certificate of registration for at least one year, and
    • Over a one-year period, you provided midwifery care to at least 20 women, 10 of whom you attended as primary midwife with at least five births occurring in a hospital and at least five in a residence, remote clinic or remote birth centre; or
  • You have successfully completed a requalification program that has been approved by the Registration Committee
  • Your past and present conduct affords reasonable grounds for the belief that the you are not suffering from a physical or mental disorder that would make it desirable in the interest of the public that the applicant not be permitted to practice midwifery; you will practise midwifery with decency, honesty, integrity and in accordance with the law; and you can communicate effectively with patients and colleagues, and will display an appropriate professional attitude towards patients and colleagues.
  • You provide the College with evidence of having obtained personal protection against professional liability of the type and in the amount as required of members under the by-laws of the College, effective as of the date on which the certificate of registration is to be granted.
  • You have reasonable fluency in either English or French.
  • You can provide proof of current certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Obstetrical Emergency Skills (ES) and Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP)
  • You must be legally allowed to work in Canada
  • You must have completed the College’s jurisprudence course

If you do not meet the criteria set out in the Registration Regulation and are applying for registration with the College, the Registrar will refer your application to the Registration Committee who will strike a panel to review your application. You can read about Registration Committee Panels here.

Former Registrants Application Process

1.  Submission of Application

Application forms can be found on the College’s website here. Former registrants must submit the completed application form to the College along with the following:

  • Proof of current certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Obstetrical Emergency Skills (ES) and Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP)
  • Proof of completion of the College’s Jurisprudence Course 
  • A completed Vulnerable Sector Record Check (effective April 1, 2019)
  • Proof of ability to work in Canada
  • Photo id
  • Two passport photos
  • Post-dated cheques to cover registration fees

2. Review of Application

Applications are reviewed in order to determine completeness. Once an application has been reviewed, the applicant will be contacted and informed of any missing information or documentation within seven days.

3. Approval of complete application by the Registrar.

If an application is not complete, the College will advise the applicant by email. Once all items are received, the Registrar will either approve the application, or refer the applicant to the Registration Committee. The Registrar will only refer applications for registration that do not meet the requirements set out in the Registration Regulation or in the case of a former registrant, for approval of a requalification program.

4. Verification of liability insurance status

Once the application is complete, the College will verify that the applicant has arranged liability insurance and that it will be effective as of the anticipated date of registration.

5.  Registration

Upon receipt of insurance and payment of fees, the College will issue the registration number and process the registration documents. Once the applicant has received confirmation from the College of registration, the new member may now begin providing midwifery services. The College will inform the new member of their registration, and the effective date of registration by email. New members will receive their wallet card and electronic certificate of registration immediately via the member portal. Once the member completes their new registrant conditions, they are sent a hard copy General certificate which may take a few weeks to arrive by mail.