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.

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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

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.

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