The CPM credential was developed by NARM in collaboration with the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA), the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC), Citizens for Midwifery (a consumer-based group) and diverse stakeholders from across the United States. The credential validates the knowledge, skills and abilities vital to responsible midwifery practice and reflects and preserves the essential nature of midwifery care. The CPM credential is unique among maternity care providers in the United States as it requires training and experience in out-of hospital birth. The CPM credential allows multiple routes of entry to the profession to encourage innovation in education, adaptability to evolving best practices of the profession, diversity in the pool of credentialed midwives and broad accessibility to the profession. The competency-based model for certification assures well-educated, skilled and competent providers.
Qualifications for national certification for the CPM were implemented in 1994 by the North American Registry of Midwives. Qualifications are based on periodic surveys of practicing midwives (task analysis) to determine what midwives need to know and be able to do. This process, including the task analysis, is mandated by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) which accredits national health credentials in the U.S., including the CPM, CNM and CM. NCCA is the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), formerly the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA). The mission of ICE is to promote excellence in competency assurance for practitioners in all occupations and professions.
For more information about the CPM credential, visit: www.narm.org