Certification Examination

Purpose/Scope/Target Audience for CNM and CM Certification

The purpose of AMCB certification program is to set the national standard for the profession of midwifery and to protect the public by ensuring that certified individuals have met pre‚Äźdetermined criteria for safe practice. The exam is intended to assess the cognitive knowledge of a beginning midwifery practitioner (CNM or CM) to include both normal and abnormal, physical examination findings, lab values, physiology, pharmacology, and clinical decision making. The level of practice measures entry-level midwifery practice as a beginning practitioner. The audience for the AMCB certification programs are successful graduates of an accredited educational program for nurse-midwives or midwives with a graduate degree. CNM candidates must also have an active RN license.

Computer-Based Testing (CBT)

AMCB offers Computer-Based Testing for the Certification Examination in Nurse-Midwifery/Midwifery

The American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) is pleased to offer computer-based testing (CBT) for the certification examination in nurse-midwifery/midwifery in collaboration with Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc. (AMP): 18000 W. 105th St, Olathe, KS 66061; Telephone (913) 895-4600; goamp.com. Through AMP there are more than 120 testing sites nationally. Each state, plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, has at least one test center. Centers are within a 2-hour drive of the top 150 metropolitan areas.

CBT provides immediate official results to all candidates at the testing site.

CBT makes taking the AMCB certification exam convenient and hassle free. Once a graduate of an ACNM-ACME (Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education) accredited nurse-midwifery/midwifery program submits a complete, valid examination application, she or he will be approved as a candidate for certification and be cleared to schedule the examination through AMP. The certification exam will continue to be comprised of 175 multiple-choice items. During CBT, the candidate will be able to review and change, as desired, previously answered items within the allotted four-hour examination time.

AMP testing sites each provide a comfortable, secure environment that is ADA compliant, has restroom facilities, and is available 5 days per week, except holidays. Several individual testing stations are available at each test site. Strict verification of identity is made at the testing site. Prior to beginning the examination, the candidate is oriented to the computer and receives a brief tutorial about taking the exam using CBT. A clock is available on the screen that shows the remaining testing time throughout the examination.

Please Note: As of January 1, 2011, a graduate degree will be required to be eligible to take the AMCB certification examination. This would include certificants who have allowed their certification to lapse.

If you have any questions about AMCB Certification, please contact:

Rebecca Herzfeld
Certification Coordinator
Phone: 410-694-9424 ext. 7021