3 training pathway options to sit for the CIM board exam:
Please see the complete list of educational and experience requirements for each exam pathway below.
Regardless of pathway, the application and exam fee is on a tiered scale depending on your home country. The tiers are 1-3 and range from $498-$1500 USD.
In order to keep initial and renewal CIM fees affordable and attainable to all students and Midwives, this tier system is based on your home country or the country where you hold permanent residency- we can’t base your fees off of the low resource country in which you plan to practice or volunteer in, unless you have permanent residency in that country and live there exclusively.
All 3 exam pathways require recertification every 4 years at a tiered cost of $85-$250 USD, determined by your home country.
Recertification every 4 years requires the CIM to be in good standing, 50 CEU’s completed over the prior certification period, proof of yearly peer review, current NRP/HBB and BLS CPR.
The tiers were developed using both Maternal Child Health statistics and average income statistics for each country.
Requirements for Entry Level Midwife, training under an IRM registered preceptor are as follows:
Your training must include both clinical training with an IRM registered preceptor AND didactic education through a formal Midwifery education program of your choosing.
The minimum timeframe of your didactic and clinical training, must span 3+ years.
Please keep in mind that 3 years is a bare minimum and in the vast majority of scenarios, your initial training in order to complete the following clinical phases with a preceptor, plus your didactic education, will span 4-5 years before you will qualify to sit for the CIM board exam.
We highly recommend that you train under multiple preceptors and in multiple countries.
The maximum timeframe to complete your training once you have submitted Phase 1 paperwork, is 8 years.
The following requirements are for new student registrations in 2023.
If you registered prior to 2023, you can be grandfathered into the requirements at the time of your registration, if you have been a continuous and active student training under a CIM registered preceptor, since your initial registration.
Requirements for already certified or licensed Bridge Midwife applicants:
Requirements for Experienced Midwife applicant, without training under a CIM registered preceptor:
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