ALARM Courses

The SOGC places the utmost importance on improving intrapartum care, from the process to its outcomes. One way to achieve that objective is through offering continuing education programs like the ALARM course (Advances in Labour and Risk Management).

Welcome and Overview

ALARM was developed by obstetricians/gynaecologists, family physicians, midwives and nurses, who jointly continue to maintain and teach the course. Backed by the SOGC, the ALARM course arose out of our work to improve the care provided to women, babies, and families during pregnancy, labour, and postpartum.

  • The content of the course is evidence-based and incorporates the Canadian practice guidelines, so participants who complete the course gain an understanding of the latest best practices for providing care.
  • The ALARM course objective is to evaluate, update and maintain the competence of obstetricians/gynaecologists, family physicians, midwifes and nurses.
  • This two-day course offers case-based and hands-on workshops.
  • This course is not intended to certify attendees in any procedural skills. It provides education and hands-on experience, but this is not a substitute for clinical exposure and mentorship.
  • The courses have a ratio of approximately 6 participants to 1 faculty member to ensure a highly interactive and educational course.
The ALARM certificate will be awarded only to those who pass the written examination and who attend the course in its entirety.

If you are unable to attend an ALARM course but would like to purchase the PDF ALARM manual, please download this form  and submit it by email to [email protected].

Registration Fees

Current registration fees for ALARM courses:


Member Rate*

Non-Member Rate




Ob/gyn Resident



Family Physician



Family Practice Resident



Registered Midwife



Registered Nurse /
Nurse Practitioner



Student in health care
training / research



*Please note, in order to qualify for the member rate, you must be an SOGC member prior to registering for ALARM. Click to apply for membership now

Registration includes:

  • Improved format: Clinical skills and multi-case scenario workshops
  • Access to the online portal, online exam, and ALARM manual
  • Online portal support from SOGC ALARM staff
  • Hands-on coaching from skilled obstetrical professionals
  • Breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks on both course days
  • Continuing medical education credits: 15 hours Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada MOC Section 3 credits, 45 College of Family Physicians of Canada Mainpro+ credits 

Fail/cancellation policy:

  • If you are not successful after 2 attempts at the exam, 31 days or more before the course date, you will be refunded your registration fee minus an administration cost of 25% of the total course fee.
  • Cancellation and Rescheduling requests received 31 days or more from the course date will be refunded minus an administration cost of 25% of the total course fee.
  • If you are not successful after 2 attempts at the exam, 30 days or less before the course date, the course fee is non-refundable and non-transferable and you cannot attend the course.
  • For cancellation and rescheduling requests received 30 days or less from the course date, the course fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.
All cancellations or rescheduling requests must be made in writing to the SOGC National Office by mail to:

ALARM Division
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
2781 Lancaster Road, Suite 200
Ottawa, Ontario
K1B 1A7
or by email at [email protected].


  • Please do not make any travel arrangements until you have received confirmation from SOGC that you are registered and you have passed the written examination. 
  • All course participants will be provided with further information in the e-mail sent from the SOGC with their ALARM Course Kit.
  • Photo/video disclaimer: By registering for an ALARM course, I understand that I may appear in photos/videos taken by the SOGC at the event and that the SOGC may use such photos/videos for a variety of purposes, including but not limited to print or online promotional material. I agree that I shall have no claim against the SOGC or against anyone accessing these materials and that they remain the property of the SOGC.

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Upcoming Courses

We have also developed "ALARM Virtual", an independent online study program that is available for registration. For more information or to register for ALARM virtual, please click here.

June 4 - 5
ALARM 2023 - Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario
June 24 - 25
ALARM 2023 - Halifax
Halifax, Nova Scotia
November 18 - 19
ALARM 2023 - Saskatoon
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
November 26 - 27
ALARM 2023 - Toronto
Toronto, Ontario

If you would like to hold an ALARM course in your community, please contact us at [email protected]. Please note that a minimum of 12 participants is required.

Should you have any questions about your registration, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected].


Instructor Courses - Overview

The ALARM program would not be possible without the efforts of specialists, physicians, nurses and midwives trained to teach this course to their peers. In order to maintain the quality of this highly recognized program, the ALARM Committee has identified specific requirements for instructors throughout Canada.

In order to be eligible to take the instructor course, you must:
  • Have participated in an ALARM course in the past 4 years
  • Be currently registered as an MD (Family Physician or OB/GYN), Registered Nurse or Registered Midwife
  • Be actively providing intrapartum obstetrical care

If you meet the above requirements and wish to participate in the ALARM instructor course, please submit an application at the link below. Please note, a letter of recommendation from your employer, department head or a current ALARM Course Director is required.

If you are selected, you will be sent a registration link for the course. At this point, you will be able to pay your registration fees ($650 plus applicable taxes for OB/GYN and FP doctors; $500 plus applicable taxes for Registered Nurses and Registered Midwives) and receive access to the course materials.

Your participation at the ALARM instructor course is not a guarantee that you will become a qualified ALARM Instructor. 

To become a qualified ALARM instructor, you must:
  • Complete the Instructor course
  • Teach a course
  • Receive a favourable evaluation from the Course Director

Please note you will be required to teach once every three years to maintain your status as an active instructor following a successful completion of the evaluation process. If you fail to do so, you will have to take another ALARM course or Instructor course to maintain your active instructor status.

Space is limited to 24 participants per course. 

Upcoming Instructor Courses


Toronto, ON November 28, 2023
English only - Hilton Toronto

To apply, please complete this application prior to July 20, 2023.

Following the deadline, applications will be considered on a first-come first-served basis as space allows.
Selected candidates will be sent a registration link and additional course information.

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