Registering as a Midwife

 

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Routes to Registration as a Midwife in Alberta

In Alberta, Canada, the Legislation regulating the profession of midwifery requires that a person must be registered with the College of Midwives of Alberta to practice midwifery. Midwives are also required to carry liability insurance. For information regarding liability insurance and to apply for Courses of Care contact the Alberta Association of Midwives (AAM) at  http://www.abmidwives.ca

There are three routes to registration:

  1. Graduate from a midwifery education program that is approved by the College:

– The following programs are approved Midwifery Education Programs: University of British Columbia, McMaster University, Ryerson University and Laurentian University (Ontario),  Universite de Trois-Rivieres (Quebec) and Mount Royal University (Calgary)

Submit:

  • Proof of successful completion of Canadian Midwifery Registration Exam
  • Application for New Registration: New Midwife Registration form
  • Original documentation of Graduation: including Transcript and Clinical records
  • Current Certification in CPR, Obstetrical Emergency Skills, Neonatal Resuscitation  and Fetal Health Surveillance (through Perinatal Services BC)
  • Provide a Criminal Record Check within 1 year
  • Apply to Established Practices for supervised employment
  • Registration Fee

2. Registrant with another Canadian midwifery regulatory body.

Under the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT), http://www.ait-aci.ca/index_en/ait.htm an applicant who has full registration in another Canadian jurisdiction and has practiced one year or more in that jurisdiction, will be eligible for registration without additional assessment, subject to the following:

  • Application for New Registration: New Midwife Registration form
  • Letter of Professional Standing from Provincial Regulatory Body
  • Current certification in CPR, Obstetrical Emergency Skills, NRP and Fetal Health Surveillance (through Perinatal Services BC)
  • Provide a Criminal Record Check within 1 year
  • Registration Fee

3. Completion of an approved Prior Learning and Experience Assessment (PLEA) for internationally educated midwives

Information for Internationally Educated Midwives:

The Canadian Midwifery Regulators Consortium has information and help for those looking for information about becoming a Midwife in Canada. We recommend you review this information and complete the following Self Assessment Readiness Tool prior to completing the CMA application process.   Readiness Assessment Tool© (SART©) found at  http://access.nscc.ca/cgi-bin/perl/midwife/index.pl

PLEASE NOTE: Midwives must have the ability to communicate effectively with other caregivers, facilitating referral, consultation and collaboration when appropriate. As such, Candidates for PLEA MUST meet minimum English Language Standards to be considered: see Guide to Application for Assessment; section G.

PLEA: Steps for Applying for Assessment of Eligibility for Registration as a Midwife:

In order to allow for the evaluation of your portfolio in time to apply to write the spring Midwifery Exams, COMPLETE PLEA applications must be received by the CMA by the previous October first. To write the Fall Midwifery Exams applications must be received by the CMA by April first.

Fees for Assessment of Eligibility: $1500CAD

  1. Complete the SART (see above – recommended)
  2. Complete and submit the CMA Competency Assessment Tool with sylabus as needed(required) CMA Competency Tool
  3. Complete and submit the Application for Assessment of Eligibility (required):

4. Have Declaration forms sent directly to the College from Referees.

5. Submit the Competency tool and the Application with fees ($1500CAD) to the College.

Upon Successful completion and with recommendations from the PLEA or Bridging program —

submit REGISTRATION FOR CMRE and OSCE

Canadian Midwifery Registration Exam:

Information for the Canadian Midwifery Registration Exams is available in the education section of this website.  In order to meet the CMRC Registration deadlines for the  examinations registration and payment must be received by the CMA office the Tuesday prior to these deadlines.

OSCE: Objective Structured Clinical Exams;

The next OSCE will be scheduled to align with the CMRE.

Upon successful completion of EXAMS Submit:

  • Letter of recommendation from PLEA or other approved program
  • Proof of successful completion of the Multi -Faceted Assessment (CMRE and OSCE)
  • Application for New Registration: New Midwife Registration form
  • Current Certification in CPR, Obstetrical Emergency Skills, Neonatal Resuscitation and Fetal Health Surveillance (through Perinatal Services BC)
  • Current (within 1 year) Criminal Record Check
  • Registration Fee