There are several types of midwifery education in New Zealand. These are:
- Pre-registration midwifery programmes to prepare students for registration as a midwife (these are bachelor degree programmes)
- Postgraduate midwifery education for registered midwives who wish to gain further qualifications such as a masters degree in midwifery or a PhD
- Recertification courses, which are short courses and workshops to keep midwives up to date with clinical skills or aspects of midwifery practice. These courses are used as evidence of competence within the Recertification Programme.
- Competence programmes for overseas midwives seeking registration in New Zealand. These courses are approved by the Midwifery Council and comprise of:
- New Zealand Maternity Midwifery System
- Prescribing & Pharmacology
- Treaty of Waitangi
- Cultural Competence
- Examination of the Newborn
- Return to Practice programmes for midwives who have been out of practice for three or more years
Further information on these education programmes can be found on the education pages of this website by clicking on the relevant section above.