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Professional Recognition Programs

CSMLS offers two voluntary competence assurance programs, designed to recognize members’ efforts to maintain skill level and knowledge.

Professional Enhancement Program (PEP)

The Professional Enhancement Program is a voluntary quality assurance program offered free of charge to certified members of CSMLS. A PEP certificate requires 60 hours of professional development over a consecutive two year period. At least half of those hours must be officially documented.

PEP’s structured approach takes the guesswork out of quality assurance yet provides enough flexibility to meet the unique needs of your professional practice. It recognizes a broad range of learning experiences that contribute to professional growth such as formal courses, participation on workplace committees and publication of scientific or lab-related articles.

Successful completion of the PEP demonstrates that you have the knowledge and the skills to perform to the highest professional standards. It is formally recognized by some provincial societies and regulatory bodies. Check with the society/regulatory body in your province.


Certificate of Continuing Professional Studies (CPS)

The certificate of Continuing Professional Studies (CPS) formally recognizes successful completion of continuing education courses at the advanced level. To obtain a CPS certificate, you must accumulate 15 credits for eligible courses taken within the last 10 years. The CSMLS office maintains a list of courses eligible for CPS credit. Courses that are not on the list can be submitted to the CSMLS for evaluation. The Course Assessment Handbook provides details on the assessment process.

The CPS can be tailored to meet your professional goals and interests. Two options are available – general and speciality/sub-speciality. CPS is available to certified members of CSMLS at a cost of $75.

For more information on professional recognition programs, please contact Learning Services.