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 of 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
If an applicant has less than 900 MLT hours in the past 4 years, they must complete of one (1) of the following SAIT courses:

  • Clinical Chemistry – CHEM 102 OR 104
  • Hematology – HEMA 001
  • Clinical Microbiology – MBIO 102
  • Transfusion Science – MEDL 104
  • Histotechnology – MED 102

If an applicant has been out of the profession for four (4) to (9) years, they must complete all of the following five (5) SAIT courses:

  • Clinical Chemistry – CHEM 102 OR 104
  • Hematology – HEMA 001
  • Clinical Microbiology – MBIO 102
  • Transfusion Science – MEDL 104
  • Histotechnology – MED 102

If an applicant has been out of the profession for ten (10) years or more, they must complete all of the following eight (8) SAIT courses:

  • Clinical Chemistry – CHEM 102
  • Clinical Chemistry – CHEM 104
  • Hematology – HEMA 001
  • Clinical Microbiology – MBIO 102
  • Transfusion Science – MEDL 104
  • Histotechnology – MED 102
  • Lab Results Correlation – MEDL 125
  • MLT Quality Management – MEDL 354

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.

 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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