Midwife

Midwife Administrator Mon, 01/18/2016 - 12:48

You will need to have a licence

If you would like to practice as a midwife in Sweden, you will need a Swedish licence or special authorisation. The title of midwife is protected by law. In other words, you may refer to yourself as a midwife only if you have a licence.

If you do not have a Swedish personal identity number, residence permit or address

You may obtain a licence even if you do not have a Swedish personal identity number, residence permit or address. In order to practice or go to school in Sweden, however, you will have to obtain a residence or work permit from the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket).

If you have a licence in an EU or EEA country

If you were educated outside the EU and EEA, were awarded a licence in an EU or EEA country and practiced under that licence for at least three years, apply as if your education were in an EU or EEA country.

A brief look at licences
A licence is proof that a practitioner has the skills and qualifications that a profession requires. A total of 21 different healthcare professions demand licences in Sweden. To put it another way, those particular professions are regulated by law. A licence is permanent but may be revoked due to malpractice, gross incompetence or conviction for a serious criminal offence.

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Various ways to obtain a licence

Various ways to obtain a licence Johanna Embretsen Thu, 02/11/2016 - 14:58

You have three options

If you were educated outside the EU and EEA, you have three options for obtaining a licence in Sweden. No matter which option you choose, the final step is to apply for a licence from us.

Option 1: Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare

If you choose to go through the National Board of Health and Welfare, you need to do the following to obtain a licence:

The length of time it takes to complete the various steps that lead to a Swedish licence will vary according to your particular situation. One way to expedite the process is by starting to study Swedish as soon as possible.

Option 2: Additional training

Instead of turning to us first, you can take additional training at a college or university and then apply for a licence. 

Karolinska institutet i Stockholm offer additional training to become a midwife.

You may be entitled to study allowance for additional training – contact CSN.

Option 3: Obtain a Swedish degree

If you do not have a post-secondary degree or if your education  is not equivalent to the system in Sweden, you can go to school to obtain a Swedish degree and then apply for a licence to practice your profession.

Go to universityadmissions.se and studera.nu to learn about application procedures and admission requirements. The college or university that admits you may determine that you can use your previous education to expedite completion of its programme.

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Assessing your education

Assessing your education Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 01/03/2017 - 12:47

The first step is to have your education assessed

The first step towards obtaining a licence is for us to assess the education you received abroad. We will determine whether the level, length and content of your education are equivalent to the Swedish system. You will receive a decision explaining whether you can proceed and how to take the next step.

Obtaining an assessment of your education is free of charge. You do not need to know Swedish or have a Swedish personal identity number, residence permit or address.

This is what to do

You will need to submit an application if you would like your education to be assessed. Fill out an application form and send it to us along with several required documents. Do not send your original documents. If we need to assess the original documents, we will notify you.

Submit your application

The application must contain

Please also send copies of the following documents, in both the original language and translated:

After entering your application in our system, we will send a confirmation to any email address you have provided. Confirmation is sent via e-mail only.

Application form for assessment of education abroad

Each document must be in both the original language and a Swedish or English translation

Make sure that you submit each document in the original language, as well as a Swedish or English translation. You must use an authorised translator. The translation can be made in any country. You do not have to translate your passport.

If you do not have all the documents

If the situation in your country of education does not allow you to get the documents needed for your application you can still apply. If that is the case, you should submit the documents you have and an explanation why you cannot submit all the required documents.

If you do not have a graduate certificate or diploma, contact the Swedish Council for Higher Education (Universitets- och högskolerådet, UHR) and apply for a so-called Background Paper. Once you have this, please enclose it with your application to us.

Post your application

Socialstyrelsen
Behörighet
SE-106 30 Stockholm, Sweden

Things to do while waiting for our decision

Here are a few suggestions:

Decision via e-mail

When the National Board of Health and Welfare has reviewed your education and made a decision, we will send the decision to the e-mail address you have provided in your application. From June 1, 2017 we do not sign the decisions, but they are valid in the same way as before.

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Learn Swedish

Learn Swedish Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 01/03/2017 - 12:58

You will need to know Swedish

You will need to know the level of Swedish required to obtain a licence. You can start learning Swedish at any point, but you will have to certify your knowledge before applying for a licence.

Proceeding to the next step requires a certificate that you have successfully completed one of the following:

Equivalent proficiency in Norwegian or Danish

Equivalent proficiency in Norwegian or Danish will also satisfy the requirements for Swedish. You will need to provide certification that your language skills meet the entry requirements at a Norwegian or Danish college or university.

Submit a copy of your certificate of language skills

Socialstyrelsen
Behörighet
SE-106 30 Stockholm, Sweden

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Take a proficiency test

Take a proficiency test Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 01/03/2017 - 13:02

A proficiency test shows what you know and have learned

Once your education has been assessed, the next step is to take two different proficiency tests. First you need to take the test for nurses and then the test for midwives. The Swedish training to become a midwife is a supplementary training that follows the training to become a nurse. You therefor have to show your skills and knowledge both as a nurse and as a midwife. A licence to practice as a nurse responsible for general care is however not a requirement for a licence to practice as a midwife.

The tests will determine whether your proficiency meets the requirements for successfully completing the remaining steps. The test is administered in Swedish and you will have to know Swedish in order to pass the test.

First you take the proficiency test for nurses

First you take the proficiency test for nurses. The University of Gothenburg arranges the test on our behalf and sends the results to us.

The test contains a theoretical part and a practical part. You have to pass the theoretical part before you can do the practical part. You will have up to three attempts to pass the theoretical part and three attempts to pass the practical one. If you do not pass the test on your first attempt you will from that day on have a time limit of five years to pass it.

For more information on dates and registration, go to the University of Gothenburg's website.

You also need to take the proficiency test for midwives

When you have passed the proficiency test for nurses you can choose between two options. You can either choose to continue towards a licence as a nurse responsible for general care before you continue towards a licence as a midwife. You can also choose to continue towards a licence as a midwife directly and take the proficiency test for midwives.

Lund University arranges the test on our behalf and sends the results to us. The test contains a theoretical part and a practical part. You have to pass the theoretical part before you can do the practical part. You will have up to three attempts to pass the theoretical part and three attempts to pass the practical one. If you do not pass the test on your first attempt you will from that day on have a time limit of five years to pass it. If you have passed the theoretical part, but have not passed the practical part yet, the five years limit starts counting on July 1, 2019.

For more information on dates and registration, go to Lund University's website

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Take a course in Swedish laws and regulations

Take a course in Swedish laws and regulations Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 02/20/2018 - 13:09

Learn about laws and regulations

Once you have received a decision from us that you have passed the proficiency test, the next step is to complete your clinical training and take a course in Swedish laws and regulations.

The course focuses on the laws and regulations to which the healthcare system is subject. The course is free of charge.

Take the course at home

Umeå University arranges the course on our behalf. The course is completely web based. Once you have received our decision, you can start the course whenever you like, except for the summer break. The course can be read full time or part time.

For more information on the course and how to register, go to Umeå University's website.

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Undergo clinical training

Undergo clinical training Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 01/03/2017 - 13:14

Demonstrate your practical knowledge and skills

Once you have received a decision from us that you have passed the proficiency tests, the next step is to complete your clinical training and take a course in Swedish laws and regulations. During your clinical training periods you demonstrate your practical knowledge and skills and your suitability for the profession. At the same time, you will see how the Swedish healthcare system works.

Two three-month training periods

You will undergo two clinical training periods that will last for three months each. You must find the training positions yourself. So-cialstyrelsen does not give any financial aid during your clinical training. If you have questions on how to find a training position and how to support yourself during that time it might be a good idea to contact the Swedish Public Employment Service, Arbetsförmedlingen.

You will need special authorisation

In order to practice as a midwife you need to have a temporary permission, i.e. a special authorisation. The workplace must apply for special authorisation at least one month before you are due to start. You cannot apply yourself. You may not begin practicing until the application submitted by the workplace has been approved

Application form for special authorisation

You will need to undergo clinical training even if you have practised your profession before. Previous experience does not entitle you to a shorter period of clinical training.

Complete your training at two workplaces

You will undergo your clinical training at two workplaces for three months each in no particular order. You complete one training period at a maternity ward and another one at a midwife’s clinic. It is the workplace that determines whether or not it is a suitable place for your clinical training. The certificate of clinical training contains more information about requirements for a workplace to be able to accept you for training.

The workplace issues a certificate for your clinical training

Your manager and your supervisor will fill out a certificate for your clinical training. You must also sign the certificate. Enclose the certificate when you submit your application for a licence.

Certificate of clinical training (in Swedish)

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Submit your application for a licence

Submit your application for a licence Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 01/03/2017 - 13:16

Apply once you have completed all of the steps above

Once you have successfully completed all of the steps or taken additional training, you will be ready to apply for a licence. Pay the application fee, fill out the form and submit it along with the documents listed below.

Once we have made a decision, we will enter your details in the National Board of Health and Welfare register of licenced healthcare professionals and notify you by post. You may start practicing your profession as soon as you receive the licence.

Documents to include with your application

Make sure to enclose the following documents:

Application form to obtain a licence

Pay the fee as soon as you submit the application

The fee to apply for a licence is SEK 700. Deposit the fee to bank giro account 790‑3750 when submitting your application. Include your Swedish personal identity no. (yyyymmddxxxx) in the message box without any hyphens or spaces.

Post your application

Socialstyrelsen
Behörighet
SE-106 30 Stockholm, Sweden

When we receive your application, we will review the police records to verify that you have not been convicted of a serious criminal offence. If your name appears in the records, we will contact you in order to evaluate the situation on an individual basis. You will then have to wait a bit longer than normal.

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