Welcome to the Internationally Educated Midwives Bridging Program - IEMBP

2020 Covid 19
With covid 19 pandemic shutting down many services, we understand that some elements of your application may be delayed. Please proceed with the application, and ensure that you have sent off all reference forms, WES application and jurisdictional registration documents as soon as possible. Where possible have the forms scanned by the referee and emailed to us prior to sending by post. 
We do not currently know how the world wide restriction in movement will effect us. We will continue to review the situation, and update the website when we have more information. We hope everyone stays well and safe at this time, and look forward to meeting some of you in the future. 

Please join us in acknowledging that the midwifery programs, at the UBC Point Grey Campus are located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking Musqueam people.

The Internationally Educated Midwives Bridging Program (IEMBP) aims to increase diversity and expertise within the midwifery workforce in British Columbia. The eight month training program provides a means by which internationally trained midwives can become registered for practice within B.C.

The IEMBP is an orientation program, not an education program. Applicants must have undergone a recognised midwifery education program, or be assessed on significant midwifery experience if their education cannot be verified or approved.  Only those who have undergone a midwifery education program can apply to the IEMBP. Medical doctors, regardless of experience, are not eligible for this program.

Applicants will have at least 100 births as a primary midwife (this can include primary births achieved in their training program – please see guidelines for more information). They will have worked as a midwife in the last 10 years, and have been practicing for at least 5 of the last 10 years.

Seats in the program are limited, so applicants are assessed, interviewed, and then offered a place in the IEMBP based on our mission to increase experience and diversity. Seats cannot be deferred to a following year. A waitlist is maintained.

Applicants will need to be eligible for:

  • study and work permit, or
  • have permanent residency, or
  • be a refugee, or
  • be a Canadian citizen.

The IEMBP prepares candidates to take the provincial and national midwifery exams which, when passed, allows applicants to submit their application for registration as a midwife in British Columbia with the College of Midwives of British Columbia.

Please only contact us with questions once you have fully read the eligibility document, and the FAQs.

IEMBP Start Date

The IEMBP is offered once a year beginning in January. The program is delivered in three parts.  Applicants must pass each part before being permitted to continue to the next. The exact start date of each part will be determined closer to the beginning of the intake.
In addition, all students are required to show proof of completion of the Orientation to the Canadian Health Care System, Culture and Context by the end of Part Two of the program.

Part One:

Online Tutorial


  • A weekly 3 hour, case based tutorial
  • Can be completed anywhere in the world with high speed internet and a computer
  • Estimated timeline: 12 weeks, beginning January
  • Approximately 6-8 hours of self study required each week

Part Two:

Vancouver Lectures


  • 7 weeks of daily lectures, workshops, simulations, and discussions
  • 4 days of final examinations
  • Estimated timeline: 7 weeks
  • Occasional weekend sessions will be required.  Class times will vary depending on the subjects of the day

Part Three:

British Columbia Clinical Placement

June start

  • Placed anywhere in the province with a Registered Midwife preceptor
  • Estimated timeline: minimum 13 weeks 

IEMBP graduates can take the Canadian Midwifery Regulators Examination (CMRE) in Fall of their program year.

For details about costs associated with the application and document verification processes, see the UBC IEMBP Application FAQs.

IEMBP Application Submission Deadline

Applications will be assessed as soon as the file is completed. This is when all references and verification documents are received. To be considered for the following year, applications should be received in full by June 30th of the previous year.  For example, to be considered for the 2021 intake, your application must be received in full by June 30th 2020. Files will be assessed in the order they are received. The sooner you submit your application, the sooner we can assess the file. Please do not wait to submit your file until June, submit as soon as you are able to. 

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