Maintaining competence

Engagement in the Recertification Programme is one-way midwives demonstrate ongoing competence. The programme requires midwives to undertake certain activities within a three-year period. Midwives applying for a practising certificate are expected to have met the requirements within the three years prior to the date of application.

The Recertification Programme operates on a three-year cycle. The Council monitors the structure of the programme and the content of courses and consults on changes during the third year of each cycle. Midwives who take leave from work of more than 6 months are invited to contact the Council to discuss an extension to the three year period.

The Recertification programme consists of the following:

  • Midwifery Emergency Skills Refresher (Annually)
  • The Midwifery Emergency Skills Refresher comprises Maternal Resuscitation and Neonatal Resuscitation updates, and childbirth emergency skills (bleeding emergencies, shoulder dystocia, breech and cord prolapse).

    Approved providers
    • AUT and WINTEC
    • District Health Boards

  • Continuing midwifery education (Eight hours per year)
    Any education which has direct relevance to the midwife's professional role and which enhances and leads to development of their practice.

  • Professional Activates (Eight hours per year)
  • Activities in which midwives engage that contribute to professional practice and quality improvement.

  • Midwifery Standards (Three yearly)
  • All midwives are required to undergo a review every three years although this timeframe may be reduced at the discretion of the reviewers. Midwives wishing to make bookings or with specific queries about Midwifery Standards Review should contact NZCOM.

    The Recertification planner is provided to assist midwives in planning ahead to meet the requirements.

    The continuing midwifery education and professional activities summaries can be used to record completed requirements.