Certification & Registration Process - Time and Cost

As you prepare for the certification and registration process, it is important to note the following:
It can take several months to more than 1 year to become certified and registered. (The average length of time to complete the entire process is 18 months to 2 years)

  • Documents required for application can take weeks or months to obtain
  • CSMLS Prior Learning Assessment Report takes 4 to 8 weeks after all the documents have been received.
  • CSMLS PLA cost is a non-refundable fee of $1,540 CAD (CSMLS Members) or $1,850 CAD (non-CSMLS Members)
  • Credential Evaluation cost is paid to WES ICAP (With ICAP you can request verified copies of your transcripts be sent to CSMLS) Course-by-Course $260, WES Basic Course-by-Course $223 or ICES Comprehensive $230
  • An English Language Proficiency assessment is required as per BOA-17. Fees are $160-$320 depending on the test selected.
  • Gap training courses that you may be required to complete cost $400-$600 per course and are generally delivered through distance education (on-line).

The CSMLS National Entry to Practice Examination is given four times per year (February, June, August,October). You may have to wait before you are able to take the next scheduled examination.

Fees for Examination:

Exam Type Canadian Resident Member Canadian Resident Non-Member Non-Resident (Member | Non-Member)
General MLT $985 $1255 $1860 |  $2160 
Clinical Genetics $1125 $1425 $2230 |  $2530 
Diagnostic Cytology $1125 $1425 $2230 |  $2530 

If you do not pass the examination the first time, you will have to re-write the examination and may also be required to complete extra education. You are allowed two consecutive attempts to pass the examination before you will be required to complete refresher courses. If you are required to complete extra education, you must pay for books and courses in addition to the cost of re-writing the examination.

Fees for Registration:

Processing fee: $100
2023 Active Registration Fee : $508.12
2023 Active Registration Fee after June 1st: $254.06 (first time applicants only)

The forms must be mailed, e-mailed, or delivered to the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Manitoba (CMLTM) office (245 Lilac Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3M 2S2).

Please use the "Document Checklist for CMLTM Registration" as a guide to prepare the documents required.

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