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Certification Examinations

Learn more about entry level certification examination with the Exam Handbook. This guide will help determine if you are prepared to take the certification exam. Included in the Handbook is the Exam Application form. Refer to dates above for the appropriate application deadline. Instructions for the application process are included in the Handbook.


Preparing for the Exam - Videos Series

CSMLS has put together videos to help you prepare for the exam. Each one is full of valuable information that will help answer any questions you may have heading into the exam.


Examination Dates and Application Deadlines for:

General Medical Laboratory Technology
Diagnostic Cytology
Clinical Genetics

Examination Date Session Opens Deadline Late Deadline
February 19 October 1 November 1 December 1
June 9 February 1 March 1 April 1
October 20 June 1 July 1 August 1
February 18 October 1 November 1 December 1
June 14 February 1 March 1 April 1
October 18 June 1 July 1 August 1



Examination Dates and Application Deadlines for:

Medical Laboratory Assistant

Examination Date Session Opens Deadline Late Deadline
February 26 October 31 November 30 December 31
June 16 February 28 March 31 April 30
October 27 June 30 July 31 August 31
February 25 October 31 November 30 December 31
June 21 February 28 March 31 April 30
October 25 June 30 July 31 August 31

For more information, contact our Certification department.


Certification Resources

Personal Assessment

The Personal Competency Rating Booklet will help you rate your level of competency and where you may need more help before challenging the certification exam.

Personal Competency Rating Booklets:

The Online Assessment Tool will help internationally educated technologists determine if they are ready to enter into the Prior Learning Assessment process.


Prior Learning Assessment Resources

The CSMLS has put together these resources to help internationally trained technologists working towards the goal of certification.

Learning Plans

Learning Plans will help you to fill any educational gaps identified in your prior learning assessment technical report. A learning plan must be successfully completed in order to be deemed eligible to write the certification exam. The learning plan must be completed within a two year time frame.


Supplemental Documentation

If you think that additional documents from your employer or academic institutions will change your PLA result, you must submit an application for supplemental documentation. There is a fee of $100. We will only accept documents from employers or institutions that are included on your original PLA application.

 Appeal Policy

If you disagree with your PLA result and you want your file reviewed again, you must submit an application for appeal. There is a fee of $100. You must send your application for appeal within 45 days of the date on your PLA report. You can find the application forms for Supplemental Documentation and Appeal on our website.


SART Tools

Are you an internationally-educated health professional interested in a career in medical laboratory science?
CSMLS encourages you to check out Self-Assessment Readiness Tools (SART© )!

The tools are available in both official languages and they can be accessed for free at the following links:

English MLT
French MLT
English MLA
French MLA

The tools are designed to help internationally-educated health professionals understand the requirements for medical laboratory science professions in Canada: Medical Laboratory Technologist (MLT) and Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA). The tools describe knowledge, skills and abilities that are expected of Canadian MLTs and MLAs and provide information to support migration to Canada for those interested in the medical laboratory science field.

The SARTs© were produced by PMA Health Workforce Development Solutions and the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) with content from CSMLS and project assistance and funding from IEHP Atlantic Connection via Health Canada's IEHP Initiative. Atlantic Connection supports initiatives for attraction, integration and retention of internationally educated health professionals (IEHPs) in the Atlantic provinces. More information can be found on their website:

Examination References

All exam questions are referenced to the Competency Profiles.

All exam answers are referenced in a textbook listed below.


Verification of Credentials

Please submit your completed Visa Screen Validation of Registration/License form with the CSMLS application form entitled "Verification of Credential" to the attention of the Certification department.

The fee for this service is $25 for members and $50 for non-members. Payment must be included with the validation form and Verification of Credential application.

CSMLS will send the form and verification of your CSMLS certification credentials directly to ICHP Visa Screen.

The CSMLS does not issue licenses and does not certify date of birth or provide copies of transcripts from training programs.