CSMLS certification and MLT diploma or degree are required for MLT registration, but often new graduates are presented with an offer of MLT employment prior to successfully passing the CSMLS certification examination.
Section 9 of the Medical Laboratory Technologists Profession Regulation provides for an avenue of registration for new graduates of Canadian MLT training programs that do not possess CSMLS certification. New graduates may apply for CMLTA registration and a Provisional Practice Permit if they have completed a formal MLT training program, but have not yet successfully challenged the CSMLS certification examination or have written the examination and are awaiting confirmation of the results.
Completion of a formal MLT training program means that an individual possesses official transcripts or unofficial transcripts stating that an MLT diploma/degree has been awarded. 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 is a requirement for registration. New graduates must contact the CSMLS directly to register for the certification examination and to pay the appropriate fees.
In the case of a provisional Practice Permit, once an application for registration is approved, a Provisional MLT Practice Permit is issued (via email) with an expiry date of December 31 for the current registration year. Individuals practicing with a Provisional MLT Practice Permit must practice under “direct supervision”. “Direct supervision” means that a Regulated Member with an appropriate MLT Practice Permit is physically present and available to assist and/or consult.
Once CSMLS certification and education credentials are available, Regulated Members with Provisional MLT Practice Permits are required to provide the CMLTA with verification of CSMLS certification (a copy of certificate or examination results) and a copy of diploma/degree, or must have official sealed transcripts sent directly to the CMLTA from the educational institution. If satisfactory, the Regulated Member will be upgraded from the provisional register to the applicable full standing register (e.g. General, Clinical Genetics) and receive a new MLT Practice Permit. It is advisable to provide an upgraded MLT Practice Permit to an employer as soon as possible to remove the condition of direct supervision.
Completed applications can usually be processed within 10 business days. As per section 31 of the Health Professions Act, applicants who have registered and have been issued a provisional practice permit have 30 days to request a review by Council of this registration decision.