Internationally Educated MLTs (IEMLTs) are individuals that have completed a formal MLT program of study outside of Canada.
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If you are an internationally educated MLT wanting to practice in Alberta, please follow these steps:
Applicants are required to submit:
Completed applications are usually processed within 10 business days. Once an application for an MLT practice permit is approved, the applicant is notified via email. The expiry of the permit aligns with the end of the CMLTA’s registration year which is December 31.
This is appropriate for an applicant who has registered for but has not yet successfully challenged the CSMLS certification exam or is awaiting results. Under a provisional practice permit, the MLT must work under the direct supervision of another MLT. Direct supervision means that the supervising MLT is physically present and available to assist the provisional member.
An IEMLT applicant for a provisional practice permit is required to submit:
Completed applications are usually processed within 10 business days. Once an application for a provisional practice permit is approved, the applicant is notified via email. The expiry of the permit aligns with the end of the CMLTA’s registration year which is December 31.
The CSMLS exam results process and timelines can be viewed on their website.
After Passing the CSMLS Exam
Once the provisional member has received verification of successful certification from the CSMLS, they must provide a copy of the certificate or examination results to the CMLTA by uploading the documents in the MLT’s member profile under “Additional Document Upload”.
Once received, the MLT will be moved from the provisional register to the applicable full register (e.g., General, Clinical Genetics, Diagnostic Cytology) and receive a new MLT practice permit.
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.
Bridging programs are refresher courses for individuals who have already completed post-secondary studies in medical laboratory technology and wish to re-enter the workforce and practice their profession again or for individuals who trained outside of Canada and wish to practice their profession in Canada. Bridging programs provide support and training needed because of the knowledge gap detected in a CSMLS PLA. To learn more about a bridging program offered at The Michener Institute please click here.
For information on the national certification exam, please visit the CSMLS website (www.csmls.org) or contact CSMLS at 1.800.263.6277.
The CSMLS assists internationally trained professionals find employment in Canada. There are many career options and potential career alternatives for individuals that want to use their medical laboratory skills in a non-licensed or unregulated field. To learn more, please visit the Alternate Careers website.
Directions for Immigrants in Trades and Professional Careers
This is a no-cost career service center that assists internationally educated professionals to secure professional employment and gain accreditation. They also help internationally educated MLTs prepare for the CSMLS certification examination. To learn more, please visit their website.
Government of Alberta
Alberta’s official immigration website has information on employment in Alberta, regulated professions, and accreditation. To learn more, please visit the website.
Government of Canada
The Foreign Credentials Referral Office has additional information on becoming an MLT in Canada. To learn more, please visit the website.
Orientation to the Canadian healthcare system
Both the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) and the University of Toronto offer courses designed to familiarize internationally educated health professionals with the Canadian healthcare system and its patients.
Course: Orientation to Canadian Healthcare
Intake: six times per year
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University of Toronto
Course: Orientation to the Canadian Health Care System, Culture and Context
Intake: twice per year
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The College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Alberta (CMLTA) is the regulatory body for Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLTs) employed in Alberta.
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