Frequently Asked Questions

No. While we understand that the new process includes taking the test online, NARM only accepts certification from courses which include a hands-on skills component. Online-only courses are not accepted. Approved CPR courses include the American Heart Association, the Red Cross, and American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) Basic Life Support. Neonatal resuscitation courses must be approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Canadian Paediatric Society, or pre-approved by NARM. Courses must be approved for use in the U.S. or Canada.

No, pay all fees by Money Order or Cashier’s Check made payable to NARM and mailed to the applications office. Credit Card payments are also accepted. You can find the links at www.narm.org/billing.

Yes, NARM accepts Credit Card transactions. The link for the various application fees can be found at www.narm.org/billing. There is an 8% handling fee for all credit card transactions.

Address or email updates may be sent by email to applications@narm.org.

NARM is more than happy to make name changes in the database as long as you send in legal documentation.

  • Submit a copy of one photo ID: Driver’s license, passport, or other government issued photo ID card; or
  • Submit two of the following documents: Social security card, divorce decree stating name change, marriage stating name change, or other court documents of name change.

You may order a revised certificate and/or wallet card by sending the appropriate fees listed below along with your name change information.

Replacement Certificate and Wallet Card: $30
Replacement Certificate or Wallet Card only: $20

Click here for a pdf file to order a Replacement Certificate and/or Wallet Card

Send proof and fee (if you want a replacement Certificate or Wallet Card) to:

NARM Applications Department
PO Box 420
Summertown, TN 38483

Each client must have their own individual code that remains the same throughout the application. If listing more than one pregnancy with the same client, use a different client code for each pregnancy. Client and baby must have the same code. If more than one student is working with a client they should use the same code.

No, each client’s birth should have its own unique code.

CPMs are randomly audited for quality assurance purposes. Documents required for random audits are Practice Guidelines, Informed Disclosure, Informed Consent Documents, and Emergency Care Form. Audits require submission of documents within two weeks of notification.

An Emergency Care Form is a document that is completed for each client. It should include a place to document:

  1. Client name and phone number
  2. Back up physician’s name and phone number
  3. Pediatrician’s name and phone number
  4. Preferred hospital’s name and phone number
  5. Closest hospital’s name and phone number
  6. Directions to client’s home

Faxes to the NARM Applications office should be 10 pages or less. Longer documents should be mailed.

All Certified Professional Midwives are required to have written Practice Guidelines. In the CPM Application, the candidate and her preceptor sign affidavits that the candidate maintains these documents. In the recertification application, the CPM again signs a statement verifying that she has written Practice Guidelines and utilizes Informed Consent in sharing these protocols with her clients. NARM does not require that these protocols be turned in with every application, but random audits of applications and recertifications are conducted. Audits require candidates to send copies of their Practice Guidelines and other documents to the NARM Board to verify compliance with NARM’s standards.

The NARM Examination is now computer-based testing. Candidates who have been approved to test can set up a convenient test date directly through the testing company.

No, all fees will be paid directly to NARM.

The test is a 300 question, multiple choice exam given in two parts. Three hours are allowed for each part. You may leave the testing room when you finish each part.

Yes, but this will be up to each individual test site.

Candidates will be allowed to make comments about the test questions on the computer. The comments do not affect the score, but may provide guidance on revising or replacing questions for the next form of the examination. There is a comment button next to each question. Please note that there is limited time to take the examination, and adding comments will not extend that time limit. Comments may also be submitted by mail to the NARM Test Department. Comments submitted by mail must be postmarked no later than 7 days after the test date to be considered as part of the appeals process. NARM will carefully consider all comments.

Each version of the exam may have a slightly different raw score for passing, but it ranges between 79%-81%. The score is reported on a scale where 75 is the passing score. A scaled score of 75 or higher is passing.

Two test results letters will be sent from the testing companies as an email within the first week of completing the exam. An official letter from NARM reporting your exam results will be sent 2-3 weeks after the exam date. If you have completed all requirements for certification, your CPM certification will be sent 3-4 weeks after notification. If you tested as a student in a MEAC-accredited program, your test scores will be sent to the program. Notification of certification will be sent after the school notifies NARM of your graduation. If you registered for the exam through a state licensing agency rather than as a CPM applicant through NARM, your scores will also be sent to your licensing agency. You may apply for the CPM certification after you receive the license.

Your official notification letter from NARM will contain a registration form to retake the exam. Submit the registration form and retake fee by the deadline listed on the form. You will have six months to retake the written exam. Candidates can only take the exam once every two months, maximum six times a year. If a candidate does not pass within three years of application, a “currency” application must be submitted documenting ten additional supervised births. For more information, contact NARM. There is no maximum number of times you may take the NARM exam. Some states that give the exam for licensure do have a maximum number of times the test may be taken. In that case NARM will need another letter from the state for testing.

Receipt of an application by the deadline does not guarantee automatic approval to take the NARM Examination.  After review of an application, the Applications Department will send notification of approval or any needed corrections.

 

Approval to take the NARM Examination is dependent on completion of the application process, not submission of an application.  NARM reserves the right to return any incomplete applications.

 

Applicants must complete all required work within the timetable set by NARM, including written extensions. An applicant whose application has expired will forfeit all fees. Candidates should keep copies of all application materials submitted. If the candidate needs to have expired application materials returned, a $100 fee will be required. Requests for extensions must be received in writing by the deadline listed. Every effort will be made by NARM to notify applicants of approaching expiration deadlines, but NARM cannot be responsible for notifying candidates who have moved or who do not receive mail at the address listed on the application. The responsibility for meeting deadlines and/or requesting extensions is the candidate’s. If unusual circumstances prevent an applicant from meeting these deadlines, NARM will consider further extensions on an individual basis if submitted in writing prior to the deadline. NARM recommends continued supervised practice throughout the application and testing process.

 

Extension deadlines can be found in the Candidate Information Booklet.

  • Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (adult) and neonatal resuscitation certification cards must be submitted with the application. These must be kept current during the testing process. If the cards are due to expire within three months at the time all certification requirements are met, new cards must be submitted.
  • Audits are done on every sixth application. Random audits do not stop the candidate from proceeding through the testing process, but if discrepancies are discovered during the audit, they will need to be resolved before certification is issued.
  • Complaints against a CPM candidate must be resolved before the certification is issued.

No. While we understand that the new process includes taking the test online, NARM only accepts certification from courses which include a hands-on skills component. Online-only courses are not accepted. Approved CPR courses include the American Heart Association, the Red Cross, and American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) Basic Life Support. Neonatal resuscitation courses must be approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Canadian Paediatric Society, or pre-approved by NARM. Courses must be approved for use in the U.S. or Canada.

No, pay all fees by Money Order or Cashier’s Check made payable to NARM and mailed to the applications office. Credit Card payments are also accepted. You can find the links at www.narm.org/billing.

Yes, NARM accepts Credit Card transactions. The link for the various application fees can be found at www.narm.org/billing. There is an 8% handling fee for all credit card transactions.

Address or email updates may be sent by email to applications@narm.org.

NARM is more than happy to make name changes in the database as long as you send in legal documentation.

  • Submit a copy of one photo ID: Driver’s license, passport, or other government issued photo ID card; or
  • Submit two of the following documents: Social security card, divorce decree stating name change, marriage stating name change, or other court documents of name change.

You may order a revised certificate and/or wallet card by sending the appropriate fees listed below along with your name change information.

Replacement Certificate and Wallet Card: $30
Replacement Certificate or Wallet Card only: $20

Click here for a pdf file to order a Replacement Certificate and/or Wallet Card

Send proof and fee (if you want a replacement Certificate or Wallet Card) to:

NARM Applications Department
PO Box 420
Summertown, TN 38483

Each client must have their own individual code that remains the same throughout the application. If listing more than one pregnancy with the same client, use a different client code for each pregnancy. Client and baby must have the same code. If more than one student is working with a client they should use the same code.

No, each client’s birth should have its own unique code.

CPMs are randomly audited for quality assurance purposes. Documents required for random audits are Practice Guidelines, Informed Disclosure, Informed Consent Documents, and Emergency Care Form. Audits require submission of documents within two weeks of notification.

An Emergency Care Form is a document that is completed for each client. It should include a place to document:

  1. Client name and phone number
  2. Back up physician’s name and phone number
  3. Pediatrician’s name and phone number
  4. Preferred hospital’s name and phone number
  5. Closest hospital’s name and phone number
  6. Directions to client’s home

Faxes to the NARM Applications office should be 10 pages or less. Longer documents should be mailed.

All Certified Professional Midwives are required to have written Practice Guidelines. In the CPM Application, the candidate and her preceptor sign affidavits that the candidate maintains these documents. In the recertification application, the CPM again signs a statement verifying that she has written Practice Guidelines and utilizes Informed Consent in sharing these protocols with her clients. NARM does not require that these protocols be turned in with every application, but random audits of applications and recertifications are conducted. Audits require candidates to send copies of their Practice Guidelines and other documents to the NARM Board to verify compliance with NARM’s standards.

The NARM Examination is now computer-based testing. Candidates who have been approved to test can set up a convenient test date directly through the testing company.

No, all fees will be paid directly to NARM.

The test is a 300 question, multiple choice exam given in two parts. Three hours are allowed for each part. You may leave the testing room when you finish each part.

Yes, but this will be up to each individual test site.

Candidates will be allowed to make comments about the test questions on the computer. The comments do not affect the score, but may provide guidance on revising or replacing questions for the next form of the examination. There is a comment button next to each question. Please note that there is limited time to take the examination, and adding comments will not extend that time limit. Comments may also be submitted by mail to the NARM Test Department. Comments submitted by mail must be postmarked no later than 7 days after the test date to be considered as part of the appeals process. NARM will carefully consider all comments.

Each version of the exam may have a slightly different raw score for passing, but it ranges between 79%-81%. The score is reported on a scale where 75 is the passing score. A scaled score of 75 or higher is passing.

Two test results letters will be sent from the testing companies as an email within the first week of completing the exam. An official letter from NARM reporting your exam results will be sent 2-3 weeks after the exam date. If you have completed all requirements for certification, your CPM certification will be sent 3-4 weeks after notification. If you tested as a student in a MEAC-accredited program, your test scores will be sent to the program. Notification of certification will be sent after the school notifies NARM of your graduation. If you registered for the exam through a state licensing agency rather than as a CPM applicant through NARM, your scores will also be sent to your licensing agency. You may apply for the CPM certification after you receive the license.

Your official notification letter from NARM will contain a registration form to retake the exam. Submit the registration form and retake fee by the deadline listed on the form. You will have six months to retake the written exam. Candidates can only take the exam once every two months, maximum six times a year. If a candidate does not pass within three years of application, a “currency” application must be submitted documenting ten additional supervised births. For more information, contact NARM. There is no maximum number of times you may take the NARM exam. Some states that give the exam for licensure do have a maximum number of times the test may be taken. In that case NARM will need another letter from the state for testing.

Receipt of an application by the deadline does not guarantee automatic approval to take the NARM Examination.  After review of an application, the Applications Department will send notification of approval or any needed corrections.

 

Approval to take the NARM Examination is dependent on completion of the application process, not submission of an application.  NARM reserves the right to return any incomplete applications.

 

Applicants must complete all required work within the timetable set by NARM, including written extensions. An applicant whose application has expired will forfeit all fees. Candidates should keep copies of all application materials submitted. If the candidate needs to have expired application materials returned, a $100 fee will be required. Requests for extensions must be received in writing by the deadline listed. Every effort will be made by NARM to notify applicants of approaching expiration deadlines, but NARM cannot be responsible for notifying candidates who have moved or who do not receive mail at the address listed on the application. The responsibility for meeting deadlines and/or requesting extensions is the candidate’s. If unusual circumstances prevent an applicant from meeting these deadlines, NARM will consider further extensions on an individual basis if submitted in writing prior to the deadline. NARM recommends continued supervised practice throughout the application and testing process.

 

Extension deadlines can be found in the Candidate Information Booklet.

  • Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (adult) and neonatal resuscitation certification cards must be submitted with the application. These must be kept current during the testing process. If the cards are due to expire within three months at the time all certification requirements are met, new cards must be submitted.
  • Audits are done on every sixth application. Random audits do not stop the candidate from proceeding through the testing process, but if discrepancies are discovered during the audit, they will need to be resolved before certification is issued.
  • Complaints against a CPM candidate must be resolved before the certification is issued.