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;
- Evidence of English language proficiency;
- Evidence of good character and reputation (declaration of professional conduct discipline history and submission of criminal record and vulnerable sector checks);
- Compliance with Continuing Competence Program;
- Minimum of 900 MLT practice hours* in the four (4) years immediately preceding the date of the registration application, unless CSMLS certification was obtained within four years immediately preceding the date of the registration application;
- Criminal Record Check; and
- Remittance of the required registration dues and applicable fees.
*Applicants with CSMLS certification from more than four (4) years ago and without a minimum of 900 MLT practice hours in the four (4) years immediately preceding the date of the registration application, must complete a refresher education program approved by Council within two (2) years of the date the complete application is received by the CMLTA. Please click here for additional information.
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.
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 Admission to Examination notice]
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.