This registration pathway is applicable for those who have previously been registered with the CMLTA and wish to return to practice. As a result of the legislation and practice hours required for reinstatement, the route that is taken within this registration pathway may differ and is dependent on how recently the applicant has practiced and for how long.
Becoming a regulated member of the CMLTA is a legal requirement for any individual to be employed and practice as a MLT in Alberta. Only individuals with a valid CMLTA registration and practice permit may practice as an MLT in Alberta and use the protected titles “medical laboratory technologist” or “MLT”. It is unlawful for an individual to practice as an MLT or to present themselves as an MLT without CMLTA registration.
The Medical Laboratory Technologists Profession Regulation stipulates that an applicant must have worked at least 900 hours as an MLT within the previous four years. This does not apply if the applicant has graduated from an approved MLT program within the four years immediately preceding the date of application or if the applicant is trained internationally and their PLA from the CSMLS is dated within the two years immediately preceding the date of application.
If an applicant has not met the 900 practice hours requirement, the applicant must complete a general MLT refresher education program, or a Diagnostic Cytologist/Clinical Genetics/Internationally Educated MLT refresher education program, as approved by the CMLTA Council, within two years prior to the date of the registration application. The number of refresher courses required depends on the length of absence from practice and the applicant’s certification area. Please refer to the categories below to determine the appropriate route for reinstatement.
For all reinstatement applications, the following requirements must be submitted to the CMLTA in addition to any route-specific requirements.
Applicants are also required to complete the CMLTA Jurisprudence Examination.
Please refer to the categories below to determine the most appropriate route for reinstatement.
Note: If an applicant has received a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) within two years and obtained certification from the CSMLS, they are exempt from the listed course requirements.
If a return to professional practice is anticipated, please contact the CMLTA at firstname.lastname@example.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 applicant must pay any outstanding fees or levies and comply with any other outstanding regulatory requirements (e.g., Continuing Competence Program requirements, professional conduct fines or costs).
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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