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Becoming Registered to Practise

In New Zealand, midwives are health practitioners who practise within the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. This means they must be registered by the Midwifery Council.

The Council assesses each applicant for registration to ensure they satisfy each of the following: 

  • Fitness for registration
  1. Ability to communicate effectively for the purposes of practising midwifery.
  2. Ability to communicate effectively in written and spoken English for the purposes of practising midwifery.
  3. No convictions which reflect adversely on practice as a midwife.
  4. No physical or mental health condition which adversely affects the ability to perform the functions of a midwife.
  5. Applicant is not subject to professional disciplinary proceedings or under a disciplinary investigation or subject to any professional disciplinary order which reflect adversely on fitness to practise as a midwife.
  6. Applicant is of good character.
  • Qualifications for registration
  1. Completion of a suitable education programme in midwifery
  2. Current midwifery practice experience (internationally qualified applicants).
  3. A pass in the New Zealand National Midwifery Examination (New Zealand students).
  • Competence to practise within the Midwifery Scope of Practice
  1. Ability to meet the Competencies for Entry to the Register of Midwives.
  • How to apply
  1. Read the guides relevant to your situation carefully before starting the process.  Contact the Council if any clarification is needed.
  2. Create an account at this internet site - top right of the screen.
  3. Complete the online application form (only accessible when logged in) and pay the registration fee.
  4. Supply the required supporting documentation.  Receipt of the required documents can be monitored in your account.