Becoming a Registered MLT
In order to register as an MLT in Alberta, an applicant must provide proof of:
- CSMLS certification (or Admission to Examination notice if waiting to challenge certification examination or if have written certification examination and awaiting marks).
- MLT diploma/degree (or Prior Learning Assessment from the CSMLS if an internationally educated MLT).
- 900 MLT practice hours in the previous four calendar years (or an offer of pending MLT employment).
Individuals applying with MLT practice hours from other regulated jurisdictions, must provide a Letter of Standing from each applicable regulatory body. Individuals applying with MLT practice hours from other unregulated jurisdictions must provide a letter from previous employer(s) stating MLT position and total MLT practice hours for each year.
New graduates of accredited MLT training programs requesting registration prior to obtaining CSMLS certification, click here for more information.
For those not meeting the minimum 900 MLT Practice hours in the previous four years, click here more information.
For those internationally educated individuals with an MLT diploma/degree obtained outside of Canada, please click here for more information.
CMLTA Operational Program Policy OPP-1.1: Registration-Medical Laboratory Technologist (revised March 7, 2015)
Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLTs) meeting the requirements for registration with the CMLTA as provided for in current legislation are placed on the appropriate CMLTA Register and issued a valid Practice Permit.
Sections 28 and 46 of the Health Professions Act (HPA) and Sections 3 – 11 inclusive of the Medical Laboratory Technologist Profession Regulation set out the provisions for MLT registration.
1. Mandatory registration is outlined in Section 46 of the HPA and includes the following:
A person must apply for registration if the person
a. is qualified to meet the requirements of section 28(2) for registration as a regulated member, and
b. intends to provide any or all of the following:
i. professional services directly to the public;
ii. . . .conducting of laboratory tests that are used by other regulated members to provide professional services directly to the public;
iii. food and nutrition professional services that are used by other regulated members and individuals to provide services directly to the public;
iv. the teaching of the practice of a regulated profession to regulated members or students of the regulated profession;
v. the supervision of regulated members who provide professional services to the public.
2. New graduates applying within four years of graduating from an accredited Canadian MLT training program:
- Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) certification is the entry level requirement for MLT registration.
- New graduates may apply for a Provisional Practice Permit once they receive their CSMLS Admission to Examination notice and will be processed pursuant to section 9 of the Medical Laboratory Technologists Profession Regulation.
3. Applicants are registered on the appropriate register as provided for in the Medical Laboratory Technologists Profession Regulation, subject to any restrictions:
a) General Register – Hematology, Chemistry, Transfusion Science, Microbiology, and Histology.
b) Diagnostic Cytology Register.
c) Clinical Genetics Register – Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics.
4. Applicants having CSMLS certification, but lacking mandatory MLT practice hours, are assessed in accordance with the provisions set out in the Currency of Practice Program Policy OPP-1.3.
5. Applicants meeting requirements of registration under current legislation but whose job description does not fall under section 46(1) of the HPA may apply for MLT registration.
6. Applicants ineligible for CSMLS certification are assessed in accordance with the substantial equivalence provisions in section 28(2)(c) of the HPA, section 8 of the Medical Laboratory Technologists Profession Regulation, and CMLTA Program Policy OPP-1.2.
7. Applicants from other Canadian regulated MLT jurisdictions lacking CSMLS certification will be processed as required by Chapter 7 of the Agreement on Internal Trade.
8. Registration and annual MLT Practice Permit dues are reduced 50% for new graduates applying for initial registration within one year of graduating from an accredited Canadian MLT training program.
9. Applicants are responsible for submitting all documents in English. Only translated documents, notarized by a lawyer certifying the English translation is accurate and complete, will be accepted.
Incomplete applications will not be processed. MLT registration applications are assessed in accordance with current legislation and CMLTA policy.
Substantial Equivalency (SE) Process to MLT Registration
For more information regarding the SE process, click here.
For the SE policy and application, click here.