Anyone performing laboratory investigations on the human body or on specimens taken from the human body, and the interpretation of quality control data to verify the accuracy and precision of investigation results, for the use by other health care professionals in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease must be on the register of the CMLTM and in possession of a valid Certificate to Practice. As part of its mandate to protect the public interest, the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Manitoba (CMLTM) sets the requirements to enter the profession in Manitoba. In this section:
NEW English Language Proficiency Requirement:
The CMLTM recognizes that a high degree of proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking is extremely important for providing safe Medical Laboratory services. Therefore, an appropriate level of language proficiency is necessary to engage in Medical Laboratory Technology practice for the province of Manitoba.
An applicant for registration as a Medical Laboratory Technologist in Manitoba who meets one or more of the following criteria is deemed to be proficient in the English language when he or she has:
- Graduated within the past two (2) years from an Accreditation Canada HSO-EQual accredited Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) education program taught in English (which included English language proficiency entrance requirements) approved by CMLTM; or
- Evidence of safe practice (letter of standing), within the past two (2) years working as a Medical Laboratory Technologist in another Canadian jurisdiction where services were provided in English and where the primary language of the practice setting and clients was English.
All other applicants for registration in Manitoba are required to provide evidence of competence in, and a comprehension of, English language. For more information, please refer to Policy BOA-17.
The Winnipeg English Language Assessment and Referral Center (WELARC) provides language proficiency testing and English upgrading classes free of charge to landed immigrants. More information can be found at WELARC.