Medical Laboratory Assistant

Roadmap to Success

Wondering if a career as a medical laboratory assistant is right for you? Think of CSMLS as your GPS and let us guide you along your journey. Below is the recommended route to get you to your destination, on time and prepared!

Travel with CSMLS - we’ll take you in the right direction.

PACK YOUR BAGS (Profession) START YOUR ENGINE (Education) FUEL UP (Certification) GRAB THE ESSENTIALS (Exam) GRAB A PASSENGER (CSMLS & Your Career) YOU HAVE ARRIVED (Entering the Profession) UNPACK YOUR BAGS (Working as an MLA) NEXT JOURNEY


Medical lab professionals (MLPs) provide laboratory test results to physicians that help them make critical medical decisions. MLPs role in the health care system is vital, even though their patient interaction is limited.

The majority of Canadians surveyed (96%) believe that MLAs impact patient care


If you are interested in a career in the medical laboratory sciences, your career path starts in the classroom with an MLA training program.

EXAM ONLY $195 for members


Why challenge the CSMLS exam?

Lowest priced MLA exam in Canada
A professional credential recognized nationally
An exam developed by MLAs for MLAs
Rigorous exam development unlike any other MLA exam offered in Canada
National recognition of competence to practice within national standards
Provides portability to most provinces and territories; because you never know where life is going to take you!

NEW! CSMLS now offers a practice test to help you prepare for the exam


Am I eligible to take the CSMLS exam?

When do the exams take place?

How do I register?

To help you prepare, CSMLS has created video modules to provide helpful information for those getting ready for the competency based CSMLS Certification Exam.

Watch The Videos

NEW - ECG Course now available from CSMLS


At CSMLS we understand you and your profession.

We offer our members:

  •    Peace of Mind
  •    Money savings
  •    Career enrichment opportunities
  •    Connection to the Industry
  •    Support for your profession
  •    See the full benefits of membership

Over 125 hours of FREE learning included in membership


Need a little career direction? CSMLS has gathered career tips (including resume writing and interview skills) all in one place for you with our new series “Career Advice”. With the help of employers across Canada, CSMLS has created five videos to help you prepare for your first (or next) career move in the medical laboratory profession.

The basics of Resume Writing
Cover Letters & References on your Resume
Preparing for an Interview
What to do the Day of the Interview
During the interview

Take pride in your chosen career and rely on CSMLS to support you every step of the way!


Working as an MLA? Still wondering if the profession is right for you?

Join the online discussion to connect with MLAs across the country. Share your challenges, successes and plans for your professional future. Visit the forum.

How can I get involved with CSMLS?

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85% of Canadians surveyed would feel more confident in the abilities of an MLA if they passed a national exam.


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