Thank you for Becoming a Registered Preceptor!
The future of midwifery relies upon training new midwives. This is an essential task, and NARM wants to ensure that preceptors have the tools and training to best serve midwifery students and the future families who desire midwifery care. We hope to answer some frequently asked questions and direct NARM Registered Preceptors to resources that will enable them to develop and improve their skills.
Who can be a Registered Preceptor?
The Registered Preceptor must be credentialed as a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), Certified Midwife (CM); or must be a licensed practitioner legally recognized by a state/jurisdiction to provide maternity care. A preceptor must have an additional three years of experience after credentialing or fifty primary/co-primary births beyond entry-level CPM requirements. Additionally, they must also have ten continuity of care births beyond entry-level CPM requirements. A preceptor must have attended a minimum of ten out-of-hospital births in the last three years.
What is the registration process?
- Read the Preceptor Registration Handbook
- Take a Cultural Awareness class within the past three years. NARM has a suggested list on the Continuing Education Resource page.
- Create an agreement with your student that outlines the course of study, timelines, and guidelines to ensure expectations are understood by both parties. NARM Preceptor-Student agreement template is coming soon!
- Complete the application in the Preceptor Registration Handbook or on our online portal, Certemy.
I’m a CPM and Registered Preceptor, What next?
- Teach some midwifery students!
- Renew your registration each time you submit your CPM Recertification on Certemy
- Upload verification of your Cultural Awareness course at the time of renewal
I’m not a CPM and my credential/license is on a different renewal cycle.
- Upload a copy of the license at the time of renewal of your state credential
- For those with a shorter than three year license, you will need to submit verification of licensure more often than your Preceptor Registration is renewed
- For those with a longer than three year license, you may be able to submit the same verification of licensure for more than one Preceptor Registration renewal cycle
- Registered Preceptors can keep track of their expiration by logging into their Certemy portal
Need more preceptor resources?
- Watch the NARM Preceptor Webinar
- Ask for assistance! Midwifery practice requires a diverse skill set, and educating students does not come naturally to all of us. Many midwives have never been taught how to be preceptors, but there are many resources to help find solutions for common concerns.
- Visit the NARM Preceptor Resource page for tools and continuing education
Some other reminders…
NARM’s New Renewal Deadline
In recent years, expiration dates of Certifications have been the CPM’s birth date. However, NARM has provided a grace period from the actual birth date through the end of the birth month.
With integration of the Certemy portal, this grace period is being phased out. Effective June 1, 2022, expiration dates will now be the actual date listed for Certification or Preceptor Registration.
Have you registered with Certemy?
Certemy is the new online portal to process Certification, Recertification, and Preceptor applications. In December 2020, NARM sent an email with information on how to log in to the Certemy portal. If you no longer have the link or you need assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
eBlast emailed April 25, 2022