Registration

Reinstatement/Currency of Practice

Currency of Practice Policy OPP-1.3
 (revised: February 12, 2016)

As the required knowledge, skills, judgments, and attitudes of Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLTs) change rapidly in the laboratory field, the CMLTA upholds currency of practice. The CMLTA must ensure individuals possess and demonstrate the necessary competencies for the current work environment and the advancements in laboratory techniques, technologies, and methodologies.

The CMLTA recognizes that the currency of practice requirements for registration must ensure public protection and patient safety, but must not be an unreasonable barrier to professional MLT practice.

Currency of practice requirements for registration will vary depending upon:

 

a)   Length of time since last MLT registration/licensure in a regulated jurisdiction.
b)   Length of time since last MLT employment in an unregulated jurisdiction.
c)   Anticipated area of professional practice.

Parameters:

 

1.   Absence (in years) from MLT registration:

a)   Four years or less and who have met all registration requirements may be issued an MLT Practice Permit without conditions.

b)   Four years or less, but who lack the required 900 MLT practice hours, may be issued a Conditional MLT Practice Permit, to allow time for completion of 900 MLT practice hours as validated by another Regulated Member with an appropriate MLT Practice Permit, or completion of applicable coursework as approved by the Registrar. Conditions and expiry date to be determined at the discretion of the Registrar and/or Registration Committee.

c)   Greater than four years, but less than 10 years, may be issued a Conditional MLT Practice Permit, to allow time for completion of 900 MLT practice hours as validated by another Regulated Member with an appropriate MLT Practice Permit and completion of applicable coursework as approved by the Registrar. Conditions and expiry date to be determined at the discretion of the Registrar and/or Registration Committee.

d)   Ten years or more, may be issued a Conditional MLT Practice Permit, to allow time for completion of 900 MLT practice hours as validated by another Regulated Member with an appropriate MLT Practice Permit and completion of applicable coursework as approved by the Registrar. MLT Practice Permits will be restricted to those areas in which coursework and MLT practice hours have been completed. Conditions and expiry date to be determined at the discretion of the Registrar and/or Registration Committee.

2.   Individuals may be subject to supervision as determined by the Registrar and/or Registration Committee. The CMLTA defines three levels of supervision as per OPP-1.

3.   Required coursework must be applicable to the area of professional practice. If an individual intends to practice in more than one area, additional coursework must be completed. Required coursework may be recognized up to two years from the date of the application and can be used in lieu of MLT practice hours for a maximum of two consecutive registration years.

4.   All conditions must be met prior to the expiry of the MLT Practice Permit. Official transcripts are required for all coursework.

5.   Extensions for conditions on MLT Practice Permits may be considered for accrual of MLT practice hours, but no extensions will be considered for completion of coursework.


For more information, please contact the CMLTA at info@cmlta.org.

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