Registration Requirements & Application Pathways
Before submitting an application for registration, it is important to understand the differences between initial registration, renewal, and reinstatement. Initial registration, as the title infers, is the initial or first time an individual obtains registration and an MLT Practice Permit with the CMLTA. Renewal refers to the annual process of renewing a current registration and MLT Practice Permit for one or more subsequent years and occurs during the designated renewal period of each calendar year. Reinstatement refers to the process of reinstating a registration and MLT Practice Permit if the current CMLTA registration and MLT Practice Permit have expired or if returning to MLT employment in Alberta after an absence from professional practice.
The basic entrance to practice registration requirements for all applicants (unless otherwise noted) include:
- Successful completion of a recognized formal MLT training program;
- Successful completion of the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) national certification examination (Quebec MLT graduates are exempt and must be currently registered in Quebec with a comparable practice permit);
- Evidence of English language proficiency;
- Evidence of good character and reputation (declaration of professional conduct and discipline history);
- Compliance with Continuing Competence Program;
- Minimum of 900 MLT practice hours* in the four (4) years immediately preceding the date of the registration application;
- Criminal Record Check within 90 days of application (from local police or online from Backcheck.net); and
- Remittance of the required registration dues and applicable fees. The initial application fee is $150. The MLT dues are $500 ($250 for new graduates). After July 1, the MLT dues are $250 ($125 for new graduates).
*The minimum 900 MLT practice hours requirement is not required if:
- An applicant is an internationally trained MLT with CSMLS PLA/certification within two (2) years of the date of the registration application, or
- A refresher education program (as approved by the CMLTA Council) is completed within two years of the date of the registration application (click here for additional information), or
- An applicant is a graduate of a Canadian MLT program within four (4) years of the date of the registration application.
Complete applications can be processed usually within 7 business days. Individuals satisfying the registration requirements are issued a registration and an MLT Practice Permit on the appropriate register as provided for in the Medical Laboratory Technologists Profession Regulation. The register categories include General, Diagnostic Cytology, Clinical Genetics, Provisional, and Courtesy. The appropriate register for each applicant is determined by the formal program of study completed and the corresponding CSMLS certification examination that was successfully challenged. For example, if an individual completed a formal General MLT program of study and successfully challenged the General CSMLS certification examination, this individual would be issued a registration and General MLT Practice Permit.
An application/registration is for the calendar year. If you require registration in the last few months of the year, that registration is only for those few months and you will also be required to renew your registration for the next year shortly after you initially registered as the annual renewal process starts Sept. 15. If you do not require registration until the new year, please submit an application in mid-December as all other applications are for the current year. Please email email@example.com if you are unsure of when you should register.
Registration requirements for registration as a Regulated Member of the CMLTA are dependent upon an applicant’s currency of practice and CSMLS certification. The CMLTA online application process recognizes the following five (5) application pathways:
- Initial Registration – New Graduate [graduated one (1) year prior and possess CSMLS certification or the CSMLS Confirmation of Examination Registration email]
Section 9 of the Medical Laboratory Technologists Profession Regulation provides for a registration pathway for new graduates of Canadian MLT training programs who do not possess CSMLS certification. New graduates may apply for a provisional registration and MLT Practice Permit if they have completed a formal MLT training program, but have not yet successfully challenged the CSMLS certification examination or have written and are awaiting confirmation of the examination results. If a new graduate does not have CSMLS certification, a copy of the CSMLS Confirmation of Examination Registration email for the most recent scheduled examination in the calendar year for which results have not been received must be submitted in the application process.
- Initial Registration – Recent Graduate (graduated two (2) to four (4) years prior and possess CSMLS certification)
- Initial Registration – Regular MLT (graduated more than four (4) years prior and possess CSMLS certification)
- Initial Registration – Internationally Educated MLT (graduated outside of Canada and possess CSMLS certification or the CSMLS Confirmation of Examination Registration email). This pathway is intended for Internationally Educated MLTs (IEMLTs) who possess a CSMLS Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) stating their training and education are substantially equivalent to a Canadian MLT education program and are eligible to challenge the certification examination.
- Reinstatement Registration – was previously registered with the CMLTA.
It is not a registration requirement in Alberta to have Professional Liability Insurance (PLI) as it is in some other Canadian jurisdictions where MLTs are a self-regulating healthcare profession. Even though PLI is not a mandatory requirement for registration with the CMLTA, it is advisable that all Regulated Members have PLI. PLI is group insurance offered by the CSMLS which provides professional liability (a complaint of unprofessional conduct or malpractice) and legal defense (disciplinary hearing and criminal proceedings). Please visit www.csmls.org for more information about PLI.
To ensure timeliness, fairness, and to meet fiduciary responsibilities, the CMLTA uses electronic means (email) as the primary source for all communication. All Regulated Members are responsible for receiving, reviewing, and where necessary; responding to all communications from the CMLTA.