Internationally Educated Medical Laboratory Technologists (IEMLT)
First Steps to MLT Certification
We offer the CSMLS National Certification MLT Examination (Exam) to IEMLTs who have been deemed eligible through the CSMLS Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). The Exam may only be written in Canada.
Before you can write the Exam, your eligibility must be established through the CSMLS PLA.
Your education and experience in another country do not automatically make you eligible to write the Exam.
If you have been educated and trained as an MLT outside of Canada, you can have your MLT education and clinical work experience assessed through the CSMLS PLA. This process is performed by CSMLS on behalf of eight (8) Canadian provincial MLT regulators and provides a single point of access for IEMLTs who are seeking Canadian certification.
The PLA process reviews and evaluates your education, training and clinical work experience, at the technologist level, in comparison to the CSMLS MLT competency profiles.
First Steps to the CSMLS PLA:
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If your PLA report indicates you are not eligible to write the exam:
Over 80% of internationally educated PLA clients need to complete some form of gap training or education, with an assigned learning plan, before they can write the CSMLS National Certification Examination (Exam). This can be a costly and time-consuming process and may take two to three years to complete.
Other PLA clients may never receive eligibility to the Exam, as their background, education and experience do not meet the Canadian medical laboratory technologist (MLT) entry-level threshold.
For these individuals, alternate or related careers may be pursued while in the process of becoming a CSMLS certified MLT or as a permanent career option.
For more information and to see the list of the alternate career options, please visit altcareers.csmls.org
Individuals who are pursuing a General MLT certification may receive eligibility to write the MLA exam if they are assigned a learning plan as part of their PLA and reside in Canada.
As an Immigrant to Canada you may be eligible to get a loan to help if you are a newcomer and struggling to pay for the costs of the Canadian accreditation or training you need so you can work in your pre-immigration career. Please feel free to contact one of the programs listed in the attached document for more information and to see if you qualify.
Do you want to continue your career in Canada?
We offer microloans to help you pay for the Canadian credentials you need.
GREATER MONTRÉAL, QUEBEC
Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) Loan Project
Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) Loan Project offers a competitive low-interest rate loan to residents of B.C. who are internationally trained to help them pursue FCR and obtain employment in their field in Canada.
Phone: (778) 819-0728 (ext. 1001)
“Recognition Counts!” is a program that provides accessible, low interest loans to assist skilled immigrants to Manitoba with qualification recognition, upgrading and/or training needed for employment in the fields for which they have education and experience obtained outside of Canada.
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WILL Employment Solutions
The Internationally Trained Worker (ITW) Loan Program delivered through WILL Access provides access to the funds necessary to complete foreign credential recognition, for those who are living in Southwestern Ontario.
The ITW Loan Program can help overcome financial barriers to licensure and certification by providing one of the lowest interest rates for loans up to $15,000 of this type in Canada. If an IEMLT is approved by WILL Access for a loan, it could be used towards CSMLS PLA fees, CSMLS National Certification Exam fees, and CMLTO registration fees if CSMLS certified.
Visit the WILL Access website for more information.
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Canada Microcredit Educators Group (CMEG)
Canada Microcredit Educators Group invites inquiries and applications from internationally trained people of all occupations living in Prince Edward Island. CMEG is committed to your prosperity.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 902-626-8667
Newcomers can experience multiple barriers to employment, especially when their foreign credentials are not recognized in Canada or when their employment training and experience do not align with labour market needs.
The Atlantic Immigrant Career Loan Fund is a micro loan fund for internationally trained individuals. The purpose of the fund is to assist newcomers by providing micro-loans to overcome financial barriers to becoming licensed to practice and entering the workforce/working in their occupations or related/other fields.
The project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Foreign Credential Recognition Program, and is administered by Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia in partnership with Royal Bank of Canada, Association for New Canadians (Newfoundland and Labrador), PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada, New Brunswick Multicultural Council, Multicultural Association of Fredericton, Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area and YMCA of Greater Saint John.
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
Acquiring eXperience; Integrating Skills (AXIS) Employment Services
Axis Career Services, the employment division of the Association for New Canadians, has established a targeted Small Loans Program to support and expedite the integration of Internationally Educated Professionals into the Newfoundland and Labrador workforce.
To determine if you are eligible for assistance, visit www.AXIScareers.net