CSMLS works closely with provincial societies and regulatory bodies. The structure and function of the provincial organizations varies from province to province. British Columbia and Prince Edward Island have voluntary societies that represent the profession. In Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan, the provincial regulatory body and the provincial society are one in the same. In Ontario and Manitoba the regulatory body and professional society are separate organizations. Alberta has only a regulatory body.
The Professional Standards Council (PSC) approves the competency profiles that are used for certification and accreditation of education programs. It is also the policy recommendation body for Certification, Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) and Standards of Practice. The PSC chooses certified subject matter experts from across Canada to form exam panels which are responsible for the development of exams, exam plans and new questions. They also validate exams to ensure they are fair and they assess the skills within the terms of the competency profiles.