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What does it take to qualify as a midwife

Pre-registration midwifery education programmes are four-year bachelor degree programmes completed over an extended three year programme, three trimesters of 45 weeks per year (as opposed to the more traditional university 32 weeks). They are designed to prepare students for registration and practice as a midwife in New Zealand.

How long will it take to become a midwife?

There is a time limit of four years for all midwifery schools.

The Council acknowledges that unforeseen circumstances can and do arise but strongly encourages students to focus on studying full-time and completing their programme in three years. 

Find out more information for midwifery students.

 Before they can be registered, midwifery students in New Zealand have to:

  • successfully complete a four year Bachelor of Midwifery programme at one of the four accredited Midwifery Schools (attached to tertiary institutions); and
  • pass the National Midwifery Examination set by the Midwifery Council; and
  • satisfy the Midwifery Council that they are fit for registration as defined by the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003.

The programme transcript of each successful candidate in completing the four year Bachelor of Midwifery programme will include:

  • more than 2400 clinical hours completed
  • more than 1920 theory hours completed
  • more than 4800 total hours completed
  • no more than 75 credits Recognition Prior Learning (without prior permission)
  • has participated in a minimum of 25 follow-throughs
  • has performed at least 100 antenatal assessments
  • has performed at least 100 postnatal assessments
  • has performed at least 100 postnatal assessments of babies
  • no less than 40 births facilitated
  • no more than 4 years in programme (without prior permission)
  • Head of School has confirmed competence and fitness

Internationally qualified midwives who wish to work in New Zealand have to satisfy the Midwifery Council that:

  • they are registered as a midwife in the country in which they completed their education; and
  • have at least two years post qualification midwifery experience; and
  • their midwifery qualification, post-registration practice and post-registration further education, considered as a whole, is equivalent in content and competencies to the New Zealand qualifications for registration; and
  • they can communicate in and comprehend English to the Midwifery Council's required standard; and
  • they are fit for registration as defined by the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003, which includes providing health check, a police check, and a current Certificate of Good Standing issued by their overseas registration authority.

 

 

 

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 Before they can be registered, midwifery students in New Zealand have to:

  • successfully complete a four year Bachelor of Midwifery programme at one of the four accredited Midwifery Schools (attached to tertiary institutions); and
  • pass the National Midwifery Examination set by the Midwifery Council; and
  • satisfy the Midwifery Council that they are fit for registration as defined by the Health Practi...
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