Medical Laboratory Assistant
CSMLS is proud to offer national certification for Medical Laboratory Assistants (MLAs). Although not mandatory in Canada, MLA certification is quickly gaining recognition as the standard requirement in the profession.
This voluntary national certification provides you with:
- A professional credential recognized by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science and the Professional Standards Council
- Recognition of your competence to practice within a set of national standards
- The foundation for a national professional culture that promotes pride, excellence and recognition
The national certification examination is open to graduates of formal MLA programs. Programs can be from both educational institutions and hospital-based programs.
We will contact your educational institution on your behalf to verify that you have completed the program requirements. If we are unable to verify program completion, you will be required to provide to us one of the following at your own cost:
- a notarized copy of certificate and/or transcript confirming successful completion of a CMA accredited educational institution (training program), or
- a verification of successful program completion (transcript and/or diploma) to be sent to the CSMLS directly from your educational institution
Not a Recent Graduate?
Medical Laboratory Assistants who are currently working, but have no formal training, can also challenge the exam after being declared eligible through a Prior Learning Assessment.
The examinations are competency-based exams, testing what an exam candidate can do or accomplish rather than simply knowledge acquired. It focuses on the application of knowledge not simply 'textbook' learning.
The CSMLS provides competency profiles for each of the certified disciplines. These profiles indicate the skills and knowledge that an entry-level professional needs to have when entering the workforce.
Below is the Competency Profile for Medical Laboratory Assistant.
The CSMLS certification exam is based on the Competency Profile. Each category within the profile is weighted for the percentage of marks allotted on the exam. The Competency Profiles are a valuable study tool.
Preparing for the Exam
All MLA examination candidates are required to read and complete the MLA Examination Handbook and Application.
The Handbook contains all the information you need to prepare for writing the exam. It includes:
View the Exam Handbook
- Policies and procedures that candidates need to follow
- Explanation of how the exam is created and scored
- Details on how to apply for exams and eligibility criteria
- What to expect after you write the exam
- And much more!