Midwifery Council of New Zealand

Midwifery Council of New Zealand


National Midwifery Examinations

Dates for the next exams are 6th July 2015, 7th December 2015, 14th March 2016, 4th July 2016, 5th December 2016, 13th March 2017

The examination is set at the level of competence for entry to the Register and seeks to assess graduates' assessment skills and professional judgment in relation to midwifery practice across the scope. In particular it seeks to assess the ability of graduates to identify when pregnancy and childbirth are no longer within normal limits and to carry out appropriate midwifery actions. This includes knowledge and midwifery actions in relation to collaborative care with other health professionals.

The Midwifery Council National Examination comprises 180 multiple choice questions. The questions are scenario based and cover the Midwifery Scope of Practice. The examinations are 3 hours plus 10 minutes allowed for reading the instructions.

In order to pass the examination an overall mark of 70% and a mark of 70% in the safety related questions must be obtained. The safety questions are not specifically identified in the examination papers.

The Council's policy in relation to requirements of Heads of Schools and students and of exam administration can be downloaded here. Some of the requirements that students need to be aware of are:

  • you must complete the pre-registration programme to the satisfaction of your Head of School and within the specified time frame before being allowed to sit the exam;
  • candidates who do not sit the exam on completion of their programme are expected to sit at the next available opportunity;
  • if you are sick on the day you can withdraw on the day, but you need to let your School and the Council know and provide a certificate of sickness. If you commence the exam the Council will not take impaired performance into account in the marking;
  • results are pass or fail and specific marks and papers are not returned to you;
  • you cannot sit the exam more than twice.  

Registration for NZ students click here

Once you are qualified

Once you have completed your Midwifery Programme and passed the National Midwifery Examination you may not practise unless you are registered and have a practicising certificate. You cannot attend women  in any capacity. If you do so you are a registered midwife practising without a practising certificate. This is illegal. You must wait until you have your practising certificate.

Midwives intending to work as LMCs should also sign their contracts with the Ministry of Health to provide maternity services and access agreements with a DHB.




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