First Steps to Certification

To work in Canada as a medical laboratory technologist, you must become certified through the CSMLS.

We offer a certification examination, which is to be written in-person, at a designated examination site in Canada.

  Before you can write the exam, you must establish your eligibility. Learn More.

If you have been educated and/or trained as a medical laboratory technologist outside of Canada, you can have your experience assessed through a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). This process reviews your education, training and work experience and evaluates it in comparison of the expectations of a Canadian educated professional.

**Your education and experience in another country do not automatically make you eligible to write the certification exam.

Here are your first steps to Certification
  1. Read about the PLA process and certification exam
  2. Complete the Personal Competency Rating Booklet (PCRB)
  3. Complete the PLA Online Self-Assessment (OSA) 
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