Before you apply to the CMLTM, you need to determine if your education and experience matches what is required to be a MLT in Manitoba. You need to write the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Sciences (CSMLS) National Certification Examinations.
There are two ways to be eligible to write the exam:
- Graduate from a CMA* accredited MLT educational program. All program requirements must be complete before the examination; or,
- "Equivalent" prior learning assessment
The CSMLS offers a self-assessment to help you to determine whether your education and experience align with the requirements of the MLT profession in Canada. This self-assessment will guide you in deciding if you should a) continue with the CMLTM application process or b) apply to a post-secondary educational institute for further learning. Self-Assessment
*Accredited by Conjoint Accreditation Services, Canadian Medical Association
CSMLS Prior Learning Assessment
As an IEMLT, you may be able to establish your eligibility to write the CSMLS National Certification Examination through the prior learning assessment (PLA) process.
The PLA process evaluates your academic credentials, experiential (practical) learning, professional development and work history to determine your equivalency to the national competency profile which is the standard for Canada.
A Language Proficiency test may be required if your credential evaluation states your language of instruction was not in English or French. For specific information about the Language Proficiency Requirement in the PLA process, see the CSMLS website.
All information pertaining to the prior learning assessment can be found on the CSMLS website. On the website you will find:
- Prior Learning Assessment handbook and application
- Competency profiles (personal competency rating booklet (click Step 3) for General Medical Laboratory Technologists, Diagnostic Cytology Medical Laboratory Technologists and Clinical Genetics Medical Laboratory Technologists)
- Certification Exam Information and Resources
The cost for the PLA is $1760 CDN.
There are three types of assessment results:
- You meet the requirements and are eligible to write the CSMLS Certification Examination
- You meet the majority of requirements, but there is a gap in your education or experience. The CSMLS may be able to help you find ways to fill the gap.
- You do not meet the requirements to be a Registered Medical Laboratory Technologist. You may receive information about other possible options.
If your assessment results conclude that there is a gap in your education or experience, you will be given a report explaining the gaps that need to be filled. This will include a Learning Plan outlining required courses and educational institutions offering the courses. Once these gap training courses are completed you will be eligible to write the CSMLS National Certification Examinations. Completing a bridging program is another option for completing the gap training.
Recognized bridging programs:
The Professional Standards Council requires PLA clients with more than one comprehensive gap in their didactic and clinical training to a full training program.
NOTE: If official documents are not available during the PLA process, the CSMLS will evaluate alternate documents on a case by case basis. CSMLS will only proceed with an evaluation if documents have been authenticated according to standard procedures.