Registration

Returning to the MLT Field

The Medical Laboratory Technologists Profession Regulation stipulates that an applicant for registration as an MLT in Alberta must have at least 900 MLT hours within the previous four (4) years (if they have not graduated from an approved MLT program within four years). If an individual does not have 900 hours, approved refresher education must be successfully  completed within two (2) years and prior to the date of application for registration.

The number of completed courses required prior to applying for registration depends on the length of absence from the MLT field and certification area.

General MLT
Any individual who has some MLT practice hours in the past four (4) years, but does not meet the 900 hour requirement, must complete one (1) approved refresher course option from one (1) of the following areas of practice: Hematology, Transfusion Science, Clinical Chemistry, Microbiology or Histology. The refresher course option taken must be relevant to the MLT’s current role.

Any individual who has been out of practice for four to nine (4-9) years must complete one (1) approved refresher course option from each of the five (5) areas of practice (Hematology, Transfusion Science, Clinical Chemistry, Microbiology and Histology).

Any individual who has been out of practice for 10 or more years must complete one (1) approved refresher course option from each of the five (5) areas of practice (Hematology, Transfusion Science, Clinical Chemistry, Microbiology and Histology). In addition to these courses, the individual must also complete two (2) approved general refresher course options.

Click here to view the list of approved refresher education courses for a General MLT.

Diagnostic Cytology
If an applicant has less than 900 hours in the past 4 years, they must complete the following course:

  • The Michener Institute – CY611: Gynecological Cytology

Clinical Genetics
If an applicant has worked any hours in the past four (4) years, but does not meet the 900 hour requirement, they must complete one of the following courses:

  • CSMLS – 9890-12 Molecular Biology I: Overview of Nucleic Acid Structure
  • University of Waterloo – BIOL 239: Genetics (or equivalent, as pre-approved by the CMLTA)

If an applicant has been out of the profession for four (4) years or more, they must complete all of the following courses:

  • CSMLS – 9890-12 Molecular Biology I: Overview of Nucleic Acid Structure
  • University of Waterloo – BIOL 239: Genetics (or equivalent, as pre-approved by the CMLTA)

Internationally Educated MLTs and Recent Graduates who were required to complete a CSMLS Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

  • The CSMLS PLA is considered to be refresher education. The date of completion for this refresher education is the most current date stated on the CSMLS Prior Learning Assessment Report that granted eligibility to challenge the CSMLS certificate examination. A PLA must not be older than two (2) years from the date of reinstatement.

If a return to professional practice is anticipated, please contact the CMLTA at info@cmlta.org to obtain confirmation regarding the specific course requirements prior to registering for the course(s).

Before the CMLTA will consider an application for reinstatement, an individual must pay any outstanding fees and comply with any outstanding requests, such as Continuing Competence Program requirements (e.g. completed Learning Plan, Compliance Audit, etc.).


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.

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