Licensing and Registration

Midwives have been regulated and legally recognized as autonomous health care practitioners in British Columbia (BC) since 1998. To practice as a midwife in BC or use the title of midwife you must be registered with the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM), who are the provincial governing body responsible for the practice of midwifery in BC.


BCCNM has three categories of practising registration as well as a non-practising category.

General Registration – Midwives who hold this class of registration are permitted to practise independently in the full scope of midwifery care in BC.

Conditional Registration – If you do not meet the requirements for General registration, or if you have conditions or restrictions on your registration in your jurisdiction of origin, you may be granted Conditional Registration.

Temporary Registration – You may be granted Temporary Registration for a period of up to 60 days while waiting for the results of the Canadian Midwifery Registration Examination (CMRE).

Non-practising – Midwives who hold this class of registration must not practise midwifery or any restricted activities.