IRM is excited to offer three distinct training pathways that will enable you to sit for the CIM board exam. Each pathway is designed to cater to different levels of experience and qualifications, ensuring that we meet the diverse needs of aspiring Midwives like you.
The first pathway, Entry Level, is perfect for those who have completed a minimum of 75 births under a CIM registered preceptor. This hands-on experience will provide you with the necessary foundation to excel in your Midwifery career.
If you are already certified or licensed elsewhere and have attended at least 75 primary births, the Bridge Entry pathway is the ideal option for you. We recognize and value the skills and knowledge you have gained through your previous certification, and this pathway allows you to seamlessly transition into becoming a CIM board-certified Midwife.
For those who have amassed 5 or more years of experience and have attended a minimum of 150 primary births, the Experienced Midwife pathway is the ultimate choice. Your extensive experience speaks volumes about your expertise and dedication to the field, and we are thrilled to offer a pathway that rewards your hard work.
To make the application process accessible to all aspiring Midwives, we have implemented a tiered scale for the application and exam fees. The tier you fall into will depend on your home country, with fees ranging from $498 to $1500 USD. This ensures that our fees are fair and reasonable, regardless of your background or financial circumstances.
We understand that maintaining your CIM certification is paramount to your professional growth. That is why recertification is required every 4 years, and the cost is also tiered based on your home country, ranging from $85 to $250 USD. This approach allows us to keep the fees affordable and attainable for Midwives across the globe.
To maintain your CIM certification, you will need to demonstrate that you are in good standing, complete 50 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) over the prior certification period, provide proof of yearly peer review, and hold current certifications in NRP/HBB and BLS CPR. These requirements ensure that you stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in Midwifery practice and continue to provide exceptional care to your clients.
Our tiered fee system is based on thorough research, considering both Maternal Child Health statistics and average income statistics for each country. By adopting this approach, we aim to strike a balance between affordability and sustainability while considering the unique circumstances of each aspiring midwife.
We are committed to supporting you throughout your Midwifery journey and providing you with the resources and opportunities to thrive. Choose the pathway that aligns with your experience and goals, and embark on a rewarding career as a CIM board-certified Midwife.
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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