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ACNM and AMCB Meet to Discuss Appropriate Use of the CNM and CM credentials: reach agreement on the creation of a retired classification for CNMs and CMs not wishing to participate in AMCB's Competency Maintenance Program (CMP). Read their joint letter to members on this issue.
ACNM Conducts Inquiry on Recertification Practices. ACNM members have asked how AMCB recertification rules compare to those of other professionals. Read the findings of an inquiry ACNM commissioned to find the answers in May 2011.
Listening to members' concerns about the American Midwifery Certification Board's (AMCB) decision to require recertification for CNMs certified prior to 1996 who are in active practice has been a major focus for ACNM in recent years. This resource page is intended to provide information about the factors underlying AMCB's decision, and why ACNM has supported it. It will also provide an update on ACNM's concerns about the implementation of this requirement and what we are doing about those concerns.
In short, ACNM's objective in our advocacy for members to AMCB is to safeguard the ability of the CNMs and CMs who are no longer in active practice to continue to identify themselves as midwives in a manner that would also allow regulators and the public to easily distinguish those midwives currently engaged in continuing professional development activities from those who are not. We welcome creative solutions to this challenge that could be recommended to AMCB. Additionally, we have also asked AMCB to develop additional resources to explain the AMCB Certificate Maintenance Program and what CNMS who are new to the program need to do to stay certified.
On February 7, 2011, ACNM held a webinar on this transition for CNMs certified prior to 1996. Access the archive in the ACNM online learning center.