Continuing Competence Program

MLT Competency Profile

The MLT Competency Profile is the basis of the annual Self-Assessment of Practice.

The MLT Competency Profile was created using the CMLTA Standards of Practice. The Standards of Practice are a foundational and fundamental doctrine which lends itself to be adapted as an assessment tool for determining continuing competence within the numerous practice environments of MLTs. The Standards of Practice are integral to a Regulated Member’s professional practice, so are easily translated into tangible benchmarks which reflect an MLTs accountability to the public and the profession. Each of the three (3) main Standards of Practice (professional accountability, knowledge based practice, and professional roles) contains a list of statements which qualify the main standard and further expand on the practical application of the standard in the workplace. These qualifying statements in the Standards of Practice are referred to in the context of the MLT Competency Profile as Enabling Competencies. Enabling Competencies are the knowledge, skills, judgements, and attitudes necessary to provide safe, competent, and ethical medical laboratory services.

The Self-Assessment of Practice is a systematic and organized approach for the self-reflection of practice strengths and weaknesses and aids in establishing a purposeful annual Learning Plan to guide the maintenance and/or development of competence in the workplace. Regulated Members self-assess by selecting the Self-Assessment of Practice Statement which most accurately describes their abilities and circumstances for each Enabling Competency as derived from the Standards.

There are two (2) Self-Assessment of Practice statements:

  1. Competent (COM) – I have self-assessed this Enabling Competency as competent because I have the necessary knowledge, skills, judgments, and attitudes to adequately meet all the requirements for this Enabling Competency.
  2. Developmental/Advancing/Expanding (DEV) – I have self-assessed this Enabling Competency as developmental/advancing/expanding because I have identified weaknesses/gaps in my knowledge, skills, judgments, and attitudes in this Enabling Competency, and/or I would like to supplement my knowledge, skills, judgments, and attitudes in this Enabling Competency.

If an Enabling Competency is not relevant to a professional role as an MLT and neither COM nor DEV are accurate practice statements, it is not mandatory to select a practice statement for this specific Enabling Competency; only Enabling Competencies applicable to an area of practice are required. The Self-Assessment of Practice statements do not imply unskilled or incompetent professional practice, but simply allow for a Regulated Member to expand or augment their current skill set.

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