Annual Practising Certificates
In order to practise in New Zealand, registered midwives must hold a Practising Certificate (PC). This certificate is applied for each year and is issued for no longer than a year each time. The Council moved to online applications in November 2011 and no longer offers paper application forms except in exceptional circumstances and the payment of a manual processing fee of $70.
Registered midwives must log into their account to apply and must pay the PC fee. The fee varies according to the applicant's circumstances and the time at which the application is made. A current and full list of fees together with the gazette notices can be viewed on the fees page. The PC year runs from 1 April to 31 March.
As part of the application, midwives are required to make certain declarations as to their fitness to practise and their competence. They must also complete the workforce survey.
Internationally qualified midwives and midwives applying under TTMRA
Midwives qualified overseas and midwives registered in Australia who are applying under the Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition principles are likely to have conditions imposed on their scope of practice (usually relating to required further education relating to midwifery practise in New Zealand). In these cases midwives will be issued with an annual practising certificate for a defined period, during which time the conditions must be met. These conditions are explained more fully in the notes which accompany the Applications to be completed by overseas registered midwives and Australian registered midwives seeking registration in New Zealand.
For internationally qualified midwives: what "May not work in sole practice as a Lead Maternity Carer" means.
The Council encourages newly registered internationally qualified midwives to initially take a position as an employed midwife as part of their introduction to midwifery in New Zealand. However, if such midwives choose to practise immediately as a community-based midwife, they may not work alone but must practise in association, or in partnership, with other midwives. The partner midwives must be available to provide collegial support and guidance and must be willing and able to provide professional back-up and help with the New Zealand maternity system and prescribing as required. They do not need to act in a supervisory role.