Membership & Licensure with the Saskatchewan College of Midwives (SCM) 

GENERAL APPLICATION INFORMATION

  • The applicant is encouraged to contact the SCM via telephone or email to discuss eligibility for membership and licensure with the SCM.

  • Eligibility for the category of membership and licensure will be determined based on the individual applicant’s circumstances – see below for more information on specific eligibility requirements.

  • Once eligibility has been determined and the applicant is ready to proceed with application, the necessary forms will be forwarded and the Registrar will assist the applicant by answering questions and providing clarification where necessary.

  • The length of time for the application process to be finalized may vary from applicant to applicant depending on a number of factors such as successful completion of a recognized midwifery education program or approved assessment process, timely receipt of documentation and employment status.

Application Process and Requirements

FULL PRACTISING MEMBERSHIP & LICENSURE

Full Practising Membership and Licensure entitles that member to perform the authorized practices comprising the clinical practice of midwifery.

Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

HAS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED A MIDWIFERY EDUCATION PROGRAM THAT IS RECOGNIZED BY THE COUNCIL;

Canadian Midwifery Education Programs recognized by the SCM are as follows:

  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. University College of the North, Manitoba – Aboriginal Midwifery Baccalaureate Program and Bachelor of Midwifery

  7. Mount Royal University, Alberta – Bachelor of Midwifery

  • Official Transcript - Applicant must arrange for a copy of the final transcript to be sent from the Midwifery Education Program, directly to the SCM. The designation “Degree Conferred” must be stated on the transcript. NON-ENGLISH DOCUMENTS must be translated into English and notarized for authenticity by a notary public.

HAS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED AN ASSESSMENT PROCESS APPROVED BY THE COUNCIL THAT DEMONSTRATES THE PERSON’S ABILITY TO PERFORM THE ENTRY-LEVEL COMPETENCIES OF MIDWIFERY;

Assessment Processes approved by the SCM are as follows:

  1. The International Midwifery Pre-registration Program (IMPP), Ryerson University, Ontario.

  2. Prior Learning & Experience Assessment (PLEA) process offered in some Canadian provinces.

  • Applicants completing the International Midwifery Pre-Registration Program (IMPP) must provide a copy of the “IMPP Clerkship Evaluation Form and Certificate of Completion”, sent directly from the program to the SCM.
  • Applicants completing a PLEA process must provide documentation of successful completion of the Assessment Process, sent directly from the assessment processing agency to the SCM.

IS REGISTERED AS A MIDWIFE IN GOOD STANDING PURSUANT TO THE LEGISLATION OF ANOTHER PROVINCE OR TERRITORY OF CANADA AND HOLDS THE EQUIVALENT OF AN UNRESTRICTED LICENCE IN SASKATCHEWAN.

  • Membership and licensure is available to an applicant who is registered as a midwife in good standing in another Canadian province or territory where midwifery is a regulated profession; and who holds the equivalent of an unrestricted licence in Saskatchewan. 


  • The applicant must complete all SCM application forms. Application forms request information such as: name(s), date of birth, primary language, Saskatchewan employer, professional affiliations, midwifery education, completed assessment process, registration in other Canadian jurisdictions, midwifery/clinical experience, liability insurance, registration examination, mandatory certifications and good character questions.

  • Personal contact information is used by the Saskatchewan College of Midwives (SCM) for direct contact with members, and is not released to third parties. The SCM maintains a register of members that is accessible to the public and includes the name, address and category of each member.

  • Certified true copies of the applicant’s birth certificate, marriage certificate (if applicable) or other legal name change documentation must be included with the application.

  • Questions on the application form in the Professional Proceedings section relate to all previous experiences and/or incidents, including those in another profession and those that occurred outside of Saskatchewan or outside of Canada. All questions must be answered “yes” or “no”. For every “yes” answer, the applicant must provide a detailed explanation on an additional sheet of paper and attach it to the application.

  • An application fee of $200, a one-time non-refundable fee, must be submitted with the Application for Initial Registration form.

  • Applicants must meet English language requirements - if English is not the applicant’s primary language, English language requirements must be met by successfully completing an English language examination.

  • Applicants must successfully complete an English language examination such as:

    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) & TSE (Test of Spoken English) – TOEFL does not include a spoken

      component, therefore successful completion of TSE is required.

    • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery)

    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

    • An English language examination equivalent to one of the above.

    • English language testing conducted by Assessment Processes or Midwifery Education Programs approved by the Saskatchewan College of Midwives.

  • Applicants must pass the Canadian Midwifery Registration Examination (CMRE).

  • Applicants must provide information about midwifery/clinical experience that indicates the applicant meets the minimum clinical practice experience requirements:

    • Attendance at a minimum of 60 births, at least 30 of them as primary midwife

    • Has conducted at least 75 prenatal examinations

    • Has conducted at least 50 postnatal examinations

    • Has provided continuity of care to at least 10 women

    • Has conducted at least 50 examinations of newborn babies

A primary midwife is a midwife who assumes primary responsibility for providing all aspects of midwifery care including prenatal, intrapartum and postpartum care and care of the newborn. Continuity of care means providing care to the same woman through at least four prenatal visits, labour and delivery, the newborn examination and at least one postnatal visit.

  • Applicants must hold current certification in neonatal resuscitation (NRP - completed within the previous 12 months) and in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR – completed within the previous 24 months).

  • All practising members must provide evidence of professionalliability insurance coverage – this coverage is typically provided by the Saskatchewan employer – the required amounts are at least $10,000,000 per incident and $20,000,000 per year.

    It is the responsibility of the Registered Midwife to ensure that the minimum amount of liability insurance coverage that is required by the SCM, is in place, prior to practising as a Registered Midwife. Evidence of required liability insurance coverage must be provided to the SCM. Satisfactory evidence shall be a copy of the certificate of insurance. If the certificate of insurance does not identify the insured midwife by name, the certificate must be accompanied by a letter, printed on employer letterhead and signed by the employer, that states the name of the insured registered midwife.

  • Applicants must provide three (3) references – reference forms included in the application package. Follow the instructions on the Reference Form. Completed reference forms must be sent direct from referee to SCM.

  • Additional requirements include:

    • Criminal Record Check – completed within the past 12 months and conducted by the law enforcement agency in the location where the applicant resides and/or is employed.

    • Two (2) passport photos

  • It is the duty of the Saskatchewan College of Midwives to serve and protect the public. The College requires consent from the applicant to make the necessary inquiries to ensure the applicant’s suitability to practice.

    In the course of practising midwifery, various agencies require proof of registration with the College. Some of these inquiries will be made directly to the College. The authorization provides the SCM with consent to release this information.

    The applicant must ensure that the Authorization Section of the application form is signed and witnessed properly. The witness must be a Commissioner for Oaths, Justice of the Peace or Notary Public. The witness is attesting to the fact that they witnessed the applicant signing the form; therefore, they must sign at the same time as the applicant.

  • Registration year is January 1 – December 31.

  • One of the last steps to completing the registration process is submission of the licensing fee. These fees are subject to change and if registration occurs after January 1st, licence fees may be pro-rated depending upon the point at which the application is processed during the registration year.

The decision to review and approve applications for Full Practising Membership and Licensure with the Saskatchewan College of Midwives is delegated by the Council to the Registrar, as provided for in Section 21(1) of The Midwifery Act, for an applicant who 1) has successfully completed a recognized Canadian midwifery education program OR 2) is registered as a midwife in good standing pursuant to the legislation of another province or territory of Canada and holds the equivalent of an unrestricted licence in Saskatchewan. An applicant may request Council to review a decision of the Registrar by sending a written notice outlining the grounds on which the review is requested within 30 days after the Registrar's decision. The Council can revise or confirm the Registrar's decision and the applicant is entitled to make personal representations to Council if they wish.

Applications for Full Practising Membership and Licensure with the Saskatchewan College of Midwives for all other applicants are reviewed and approved or denied by the Council. Decisions of the Council are final and binding and there is no appeal from them.

RESTRICTED MEMBERSHIP & LICENSURE

Restricted Membership and Licensure entitles that member to perform the authorized practices comprising the clinical practice of midwifery under the supervision of a supervisor approved in writing by the Council and subject to any conditions or restrictions to which her or his licence is subject.

  • Restricted membership and licensure is available to a person who:

    • has not successfully completed a recognized midwifery education program or an approved assessment process and is not registered as a midwife in another Canadian jurisdiction OR

    • has not successfully passed the Canadian Midwifery Registration Examination (CMRE)

  • Applicants are encouraged to contact the Registrar of the SCM to discuss eligibility for Restricted Membership and Licensure. Typically, an applicant who is seeking a restricted licence, must have a Saskatchewan employer who is prepared to offer the applicant the necessary resources and provide the appropriate support to enable midwifery practice under a restricted licence.

  • A person with a restricted licence must comply with any conditions and restrictions set out in that licence and must practise midwifery under the supervision of a supervisor approved in writing by the Council.

  • A plan outlining how the applicant will meet the requirements necessary to enable registration as a full practising member must be submitted with the application. The “Supervision Plan” form is included with the application package – the form must be completed the form with all necessary signatures.


  • The applicant must complete all SCM application forms. Application forms request information such as: name(s), date of birth, primary language, Saskatchewan employer, professional affiliations, midwifery education, completed assessment process, registration in other Canadian jurisdictions, midwifery/clinical experience, liability insurance, registration examination, mandatory certifications and good character questions.

  • Personal contact information is used by the Saskatchewan College of Midwives (SCM) for direct contact with members, and is not released to third parties. The SCM maintains a register of members that is accessible to the public and includes the name, address and category of each member.

  • Certified true copies of the applicant’s birth certificate, marriage certificate (if applicable) or other legal name change documentation must be included with the application.

  • Questions on the application form in the Professional Proceedings section relate to all previous experiences and/or incidents, including those in another profession and those that occurred outside of Saskatchewan or outside of Canada. All questions must be answered “yes” or “no”. For every “yes” answer, the applicant must provide a detailed explanation on an additional sheet of paper and attach it to the application.

  • An application fee of $200, a one-time non-refundable fee, must be submitted with the Application for Initial Registration form.

  • Applicants must meet English language requirements - if English is not the applicant’s primary language, English language requirements must be met by successfully completing an English language examination.

  • Applicants must successfully complete an English language examination such as:

    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) & TSE (Test of Spoken English) – TOEFL does not include a spoken component, therefore successful completion of TSE is required.

    • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery)

    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

    • An English language examination equivalent to one of the above.

    • English language testing conducted by Assessment Processes or Midwifery Education Programs approved by the Saskatchewan College of Midwives.

  • Applicants must hold current certification in neonatal resuscitation (NRP-completed within the previous 12 months) and in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR – completed within the previous 24 months).

  • All practising members must provide evidence of professionalliability insurance coverage – this coverage is typically provided by the Saskatchewan employer – the required amounts are at least $10,000,000 per incident and $20,000,000 per year.

    It is the responsibility of the Registered Midwife to ensure that the minimum amount of liability insurance coverage that is required by the SCM, is in place, prior to practising as a Registered Midwife. Evidence of required liability insurance coverage must be provided to the SCM. Satisfactory evidence shall be a copy of the certificate of insurance. If the certificate of insurance does not identify the insured midwife by name, the certificate must be accompanied by a letter, printed on employer letterhead and signed by the employer, that states the name of the insured registered midwife.

  • Applicants must provide three (3) references – reference forms included in the application package. Follow the instructions on the Reference Form. Completed reference forms must be sent direct from referee to SCM.

  • Additional requirements include:

    • Criminal Record Check – completed within the past 12 months and conducted by the law enforcement agency in the location where the applicant resides and/or is employed.

    • Two (2) passport photos

  • It is the duty of the Saskatchewan College o fMidwives to serve and protect the public. The College requires consent from the applicant to make the necessary inquiries to ensure the applicant’s suitability to practice.

    In the course of practising midwifery, various agencies require proof of registration with the College. Some of these inquiries will be made directly to the College. The authorization provides the SCM with consent to release this information.

    The applicant must ensure that the Authorization Section of the application form is signed and witnessed properly. The witness must be a Commissioner for Oaths, Justice of the Peace or Notary Public. The witness is attesting to the fact that they witnessed the applicant signing the form; therefore, they must sign at the same time as the applicant.

  • Registration year is January 1 – December 31.

  • One of the last steps to completing the registration process is submission of the licensing fee. These fees are subject to change and if registration occurs after January 1st, licence fees may be pro-rated depending upon the point at which the application is processed during the registration year.

Applications for Restricted Membership and Licensure with the Saskatchewan College of Midwives are reviewed and approved or denied by the Council. Decisions of the Council are final and binding and there is no appeal from them.

STUDENT MEMBERSHIP & LICENSURE

Student Membership and Licensure entitles that member to perform the authorized practices comprising the clinical practice of midwifery under the supervision of a supervisor approved in writing by the Council and subject to any conditions or restrictions to which her or his licence is subject.

To be eligible for Student Membership and Licensure with the SCM, an applicant must be enrolled in:

A RECOGNIZED MIDWIFERY EDUCATION PROGRAM

Canadian Midwifery Education Programs recognized by the SCM are as follows:

  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. University College of the North, Manitoba – Aboriginal Midwifery Baccalaureate Program and Bachelor of Midwifery

  7. Mount Royal University, Alberta – Bachelor of Midwifery

  • The applicant must arrange for proof of enrollment to be sent from the recognized Midwifery Education Program, directly to the SCM.

AN APPROVED ASSESSMENT PROCESS

Assessment Processes approved by the SCM are as follows:

  1. The International Midwifery Pre-registration Program (IMPP), Ryerson University, Ontario.

  2. Prior Learning & Experience Assessment (PLEA) process offered in some Canadian provinces.

  • Applicants completing the International Midwifery Pre-Registration Program (IMPP) must provide evidence of enrollment in the IMPP, sent directly from the program to the SCM.

  • Applicants completing a PLEA process must provide evidence of enrolment in the PLEA process, sent directly from the assessment processing agency to the SCM.


  • The applicant must complete all SCM application forms. Application forms request information such as: name(s), date of birth, primary language, Saskatchewan employer where the applicant will complete educational clinical placement, information about supervisors, professional affiliations, enrolment in a recognized midwifery education program or approved assessment process, registration in other Canadian jurisdictions, liability insurance, and good character questions.

  • Personal contact information is used by the Saskatchewan College of Midwives (SCM) for direct contact with members, and is not released to third parties. The SCM maintains a register of members that is accessible to the public and includes the name, address and category of each member.

  • Certified true copies of the applicant’s birth certificate, marriage certificate (if applicable) or other legal name change documentation must be included with the application.

  • Questions on the application form in the Professional Proceedings section relate to all previous experiences and/or incidents, including those in another profession and those that occurred outside of Saskatchewan or outside of Canada. All questions must be answered “yes” or “no”. For every “yes” answer, the applicant must provide a detailed explanation on an additional sheet of paper and attach it to the application.

  • Applicants must meet English language requirements - if English is not the applicant’s primary language, English language requirements must be met by successfully completing an English language examination.

    Applicants must successfully complete an English language examination such as:

    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) & TSE (Test of Spoken English) – TOEFL does not include a spoken component, therefore successful completion of TSE is required.

    • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery)

    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

    • An English language examination equivalent to one of the above.

    • English language testing conducted by Assessment Processes or Midwifery Education Programs approved by the Saskatchewan College of Midwives.

  • Applicants must hold current certification in neonatal resuscitation (NRP - completed within the previous 12 months) and in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR – completed within the previous 24 months).

  • All practising members must provide evidence of professionalliability insurance coverage – for students, this coverage is typically provided by the educational institution/assessment process in which the applicant is enrolled – the required amounts are at least $10,000,000 per incident and $20,000,000 per year.

    It is the responsibility of the Student Member and the applicable educational institution or assessment process to ensure that the minimum amount of liability insurance coverage that is required by the SCM, is in place prior to practising as a Student Midwife. Evidence of required liability insurance coverage must be provided to the SCM. Satisfactory evidence shall be a copy of the certificate of insurance. If the certificate of insurance does not identify the insured midwife by name, the certificate must be accompanied by a letter, printed on employer letterhead and signed by the employer, that states the name of the insured registered midwife.

  • Additional requirements include:

    • Criminal Record Check – the applicant must attach evidence of a Criminal Record Check to the application form.

    • Two passport photos

  • It is the duty of the Saskatchewan College of Midwives to serve and protect the public. The College requires consent from the applicant to make the necessary inquiries to ensure the applicant’s suitability to practice.

    In the course of practising midwifery, various agencies require proof of registration with the College. Some of these inquiries will be made directly to the College. The authorization provides the SCM with consent to release this information.

    The applicant must ensure that the Authorization Section of the application form is signed and witnessed properly. The witness must be a Commissioner for Oaths, Justice of the Peace or Notary Public. The witness is attesting to the fact that they witnessed the applicant signing the form; therefore, they must sign at the same time as the applicant.

  • Registration year is January 1 – December 31.

  • One of the last steps to completing the registration process is submission of the licensing fee. The fee for Student Membership and Licensure is $100.

    The decision to review and approve applications for Student Membership and Licensure with the Saskatchewan College of Midwives is delegated by the Council to the Registrar, as provided for in Section 21(1) of The Midwifery Act. An applicant may request Council to review a decision of the Registrar by sending a written notice outlining the grounds on which the review is requested within 30 days after the Registrar's decision. The Council can revise or confirm the Registrar's decision and the applicant is entitled to make personal representations to Council if they wish.