Internationally Educated MLT

MLTs formally educated and trained outside of Canada who are interested in working in Alberta and who are looking to become registered with the CMLTA must first contact the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) at to request a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). The PLA will establish Canadian equivalency in order to determine readiness to challenge the applicable CSMLS certification examination.

Once an individual has been deemed eligible by the CSMLS to challenge the CSMLS certification examination and has received the "Admission to Examination" notice, an individual may apply for registration with the CMLTA.

Start the Application Process (NOTE: As part of the application process, internationally educated MLTs are required to submit an original PLA with CSMLS authentication stamp to the CMLTA by mail or courier.)

Incomplete applications will not be processed. MLT registration applications are assessed in accordance with current legislation.


1. Directions for Immigrants in Trades and Professional Careers

At Directions for Immigrants we help internationally educated medical laboratory technologists prepare for the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) certification examination.

We offer a Join our no cost study group* to help you prepare for the exam.

* For internationally educated Medical Laboratory Technologists registered with the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSLMS) and eligible to write the examination.

We provide a structured study schedule ensuring you cover all competencies, mock quizzes and exams and help from Canadian trained and experienced Medical Lab Technologists.

Delivery method:

  • Calgary residents: Blended delivery of online and face to face sessions
  • Alberta residents outside of Calgary: Virtual online sessions

Contact us:
Email your first and last name and phone number to to book an appointment with a career coach to determine eligibility for joining the group. Write MLT study group in the subject line. Phone: 403-770-5155 | Toll free: 1-877-297-2553

This study group is not affiliated with The Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science national certifying body.

Directions for Immigrants is a no-cost career service centre that helps internationally educated professionals secure professional employment and gain accreditation. We work with professionals in all occupations. To learn more, visit


The CSMLS is pleased to announce the launch of a new project in association with the Government of Canada – Alternate Careers.

We understand the time and cost associated with finding work in Canada as an internationally educated professional. We know that many applicants would like to learn about all of the possible career options early in the process.

For these reasons we created the Alternate Careers website. This website is full of information on possible alternative career options for applicants that want to use their medical laboratory skills in a non-licensed or unregulated field.

3. Bridging Programs

New Brunswick

4. Government of Alberta

Alberta's official immigration website has further information on working in Alberta, regulated professions, and accreditation. Read more.

5. Government of Canada

The Foreign Credentials Referral Office has further information on becoming an MLT in Canada.

Orientation Course to Canadian Healthcare System, Culture and Context

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