Continuing Competence Program


For an overview of the CMLTA Continuing Competence Program, click here to view a video.

To provide safe, competent, and ethical medical laboratory services; MLTs must be able to demonstrate the necessary knowledge, skills, judgments, and attitudes in their professional practice. The Self-Assessment of Practice is designed to assist Regulated Members in the reflection of their practice strengths and weaknesses and establish an annual Learning Plan to guide the maintenance and/or development of competence in the workplace.

The CMLTA Standards of Practice (Standards) have been adapted into the MLT Competency Profile, which is the basis of the annual Self-Assessment of Practice. The Standards represent the minimum standards for knowledge, skills, judgements, and attitudes expected of all MLTs in Alberta.

Completing the Self-Assessment of Practice
The online Self-Assessment of Practice provides a systematic and organized method to assist Regulated Members in the self-reflection of their practice, to recognize potential areas for continued or new learning, and to create a Learning Plan. 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.

Enabling Competencies
Each of the three main standards (e.g. professional accountability, knowledge based practice, and professional roles) within the Standards of Practice contain a list of statements which qualify the main standard and further expand on the practical application of the standard in the workplace. Theses qualifying statements in the Standards are referred to in the context of the MLT Competency Profile as Enabling Competencies.

Self-Assessment of Practice Statements:
There are two 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 your professional role as an MLT and neither COM or DEV are accurate practice statements, it is not mandatory to select a practice statement for this specific Enabling Competency.

The Self-Assessment of Practice Statements do not imply unskilled or incompetent professional practice. If uncertain how to rate a particular area or Enabling Competency, individuals are encouraged to consult a peer or the CMLTA for assistance.

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