Becoming a Registered Midwife in Saskatchewan

Becoming a Registered Midwife in Saskatchewan
Registration with the Saskatchewan College of Midwives (SCM) is required in order to practice midwifery in Saskatchewan.  There are currently two ways to become registered and licensed as a midwife in Saskatchewan.

Graduation from an SCM Approved Midwifery Education Program
All SCM approved programs are four-year direct-entry education programs leading to a university degree.  All programs offer clinical experience working in a model of practice that is similar to the model in Saskatchewan.

The following Canadian midwifery education programs are recognized by the SCM:

  1. University of British Columbia – Midwifery Undergraduate Education Program
  2. Ryerson University, Ontario – Bachelor of Health Sciences (Midwifery)
  3. Laurentian University, Ontario – Bachelor of Health Sciences (Midwifery)
  4. McMaster University, Ontario – Bachelor of Health Sciences (Midwifery)
  5. Université du Québec à Trois Riviéres, Trois Riviéres, Quebec
  6. Mount Royal University – Bachelor of Midwifery

Registration in Another Canadian Province
An applicant who is registered as a midwife in good standing in another Canadian province or territory and holds the equivalent of an unrestricted licence in Saskatchewan, may be eligible for registration and licensure in Saskatchewan without completing any further training or testing. 

Internationally Educated Midwives
Internationally educated midwives who want to register to practice in Saskatchewan must successfully complete an SCM approved assessment process and meet all other registration requirements of the SCM.

The following assessment processes are approved by the SCM:

  1. International Midwifery Pre-registration Program (IMPP)
  2. Prior Learning and Experience Assessment (PLEA)

Note:  PLEA is not available in Saskatchewan and although the PLEA process continues to be approved by the SCM as a recognized process for registration, many jurisdictions no longer offer this option.

Applicants who obtain registration and licensure through any of the above processes may be granted Full Practising Membership, permitting practice independently in the full scope of midwifery care in Saskatchewan or Restricted Membership, allowing an individual to practice as a midwife under the supervision of an experienced full practising member. 

The SCM also provides a Student category of membership for students enrolled in an approved midwifery education program, allowing students to participate in clinical placements in Saskatchewan. Students must be registered with SCM in order to practice midwifery as a student in Saskatchewan.

Please contact the Registrar for further information on registration and licensure at 306.781.1352 or registrar@saskmidwives.ca

Saskatchewan College of Midwives
COMMUNICATION WITH FOREIGN QUALIFIED MIDWIFE APPLICANTS
Assessment Process/Bridging – Membership & Licensure in Saskatchewan

Foreign qualified midwives who want to establish membership and licensure to practise in Saskatchewan must successfully complete an SCM approved assessment process and meet all other registration requirements of the SCM. To date, programs approved by the SCM are the International Midwifery Pre-registration Program (IMPP) at Ryerson University in Ontario and Prior Learning and Experience Assessment (PLEA) that may be offered by other Canadian midwifery regulators from time to time.

Recently, the IMPP discontinued operations. IMPP was the only remaining bridging program for foreign qualified midwives in Canada that was available to applicants wishing to practise in Saskatchewan. It is unclear if this discontinuation is temporary or permanent.

PLEA is not available in Saskatchewan and although the PLEA process continues to be approved by the SCM as a recognized process for registration, many jurisdictions no longer offer this option.

We are working with our counterparts across Canada to explore options for internationally educated midwives to have their education and experience assessed and bridged to ensure they meet the requirements of registration in each jurisdiction and are competent to practise within the model of midwifery in Canada.

We anticipate a way forward in the very near future and will notify you as soon as we have clear direction to provide.

Many thanks for your continued patience.