Preparing for PLA
If you are considering applying for a Prior Learning Assessment, you will need to start here.
Each step outlined below has required reading and forms in order to proceed through PLA.
Step 1 - Read about the PLA process and certification exam
Download and read through the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Handbook
This Handbook is the key to your success. Take the time to read it thoroughly as it will answer any questions you have about Prior Learning Assessment and Certification.
Step 2 - Go Through the Self-Assessment Readiness Tools (SART)
The tools are designed to help internationally educated health professionals understand the requirements for medical laboratory science professions in Canada. The tools describe knowledge, skills and abilities that are expected of Canadian medical laboratory professionals and provide information to support migration to Canada for those interested in the medical laboratory science field.
Step 3 - Complete the Personal Competency Rating Booklet (PCRB)
Step 4 - Complete the PLA Online Self-Assessment (OSA)
The Online Self- Assessment (OSA) will give you insight into the medical laboratory practice in Canada and your readiness for the Canadian workforce. There is no minimum passing score. Your OSA score and report are for your information only and CSMLS will not use them to decide your PLA result.
This test will give you valuable information to help you decide whether to pursue Canadian certification. It will provide you with feedback and help you to identify areas in which you may need more education.
You must complete the 100 question test before you apply for PLA. Your username from the OSA must be sent in, along with your completed rating booklet with your PLA application. There is a fee for the OSA, so we suggest completing the competency rating booklet first.
Is PLA Right for You?
The PLA process is time intensive and expensive, so be sure you have all the information you need before starting.
If you decide that starting the PLA process is not right for you at this time, there are other options available to you.
Pre-Assessment and Fees