The qualifications to become a certified midwife include a bachelor's degree in nursing or other relevant field, completion of a midwife program approved by the American College of Nurse-Midwives Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education, and a Certified Midwife certification, according to Study.com. Registered nurses may obtain Certified Nurse Midwife certifications to start practicing as midwives.
After finishing a bachelor's degree or becoming a registered nurse, the next step in earning the Certified Midwife or Certified Nurse Midwife title is to take a graduate degree midwife program, explains Study.com. Aspiring midwives may also opt for the Certified Professional Midwife title by completing an accredited program, completing an apprenticeship or gaining adequate experience.
Aspiring midwives who are unable to finish an accredited program should comply with the Portfolio Evaluation Process, or PEP, set by the North American Registry of Midwives to obtain certification, notes Study.com. The process requires candidates to undergo firsthand training under the tutelage of an experienced professional with proper credentials. Candidates must show proof of experience before taking the exam for midwife certification.
Certified midwives should renew their certifications by completing continuing education or retaking the certification test, reports Study.com. Certified Nurse Midwives and Certified Midwives should join the five-year certificate maintenance program supervised by the American Midwifery Certification Board, while Certified Professional Midwives should complete a three-year program.