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Professional Development Across the Country

The role of the Medical Laboratory Technologist (MLT) is regulated in most provinces within Canada. Each regulated province has its own requirements of professional development for MLTs to maintain their licenses to practise. We’ve put together a summary of these requirements in each regulated province. 

 Click on a province to view its professional development requirements.

Alberta

Regulatory College: College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Alberta (CMLTA)

Requirements:

  • 900 practice hours over four years (new graduates applying within four years of graduating from an accredited Canadian MLT training program are exempt from practice hour requirement)
  • Continuing Competence Program
    • Annual Learning Plan
    • based on three to six specific Learning Objectives

Verification of professional development: Learning Plan must be submitted prior to renewal and may be subject to an audit process.

Website: cmlta.org

Saskatchewan

Regulatory College: Saskatchewan Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists (SSMLT)

Requirements:

  • 1,200 practice hours over five years
  • Continuing Education Program
    • 2 credits over five years (1 credit = 15 hours of education

Verification of professional development: Audit process

Website: ssmlt.ca

Manitoba

Regulatory College: College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Manitoba (CMLTM)

Requirements:

  • Continuing Competence Program
    • 1,200 practice hours over previous five years
    • 45 hours of continuing education over previous five years

Verification of professional development: Audit process

Website: cmltm.ca

Ontario

Regulatory College: College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO)

Requirements:

  • No minimum annual practice hours required
  • Quality Assurance Program
    • 30 hours of activity related to at least two established learning goals

Verification of professional development: Audit process

Website: cmlto.com

Quebec

Regulatory College: Ordre professionnel des technologistes médicaux du Québec (OPTMQ)

Requirements:

  • No minimum annual practice hours required
  • Professional development submitted via Formaline
    • 20 hours over two years

Verification of professional development: all educational activities must be submitted

Website: optmq.org

Newfoundland and Labrador

Regulatory College: Newfoundland and Labrador College of Medical Laboratory Science (NLCMLS)

Requirements:

  • 240 practice hours per year
  • TechEducational.nl credits
    • 10 hours per year

Verification of professional development: Audit process

Website: nlcmls.ca

Nova Scotia

Regulatory College: Nova Scotia College of Medical Laboratory Technologists (NSCMLT)

Requirements:

  • Valid and current TeKnowledge certificate
    • 4 work credits (500 hours = 1 credit)
    • 4 educational credits (1 hour = 0.1 credit or 40 hours over four years)

Verification of professional development: all educational activities must be submitted

Website: nscmlt.org

New Brunswick

Regulatory College: New Brunswick Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists (NBSMLT)

Requirements:

  • 900 practice hours over five years
  • Professional Development Plans (PDP)
    • 45 hours over three years

Verification of professional development: all educational activities are submitted, some are audited

Website: nbsmlt.nb.ca

British Columbia

British Columbia is a non-regulated province and does not have any specific requirements for professional development.

Northwest Territories

Northwest Territories is a non-regulated territory and does not have any specific requirements for professional development.

Yukon

Yukon is a non-regulated territory and does not have any specific requirements for professional development.

Nunavut

Nunavut is a non-regulated territory and does not have any specific requirements for professional development.

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island is a non-regulated province and does not have any specific requirements for professional development.

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