No, CSMLS does not discriminate for any reason, including age, gender, race, ethnic origin, colour, religion, sexual orientation or marital status.
Any individual applying for certification from a non- EQual™ accredited program is required to undergo a PLA process to determine the comparability of their medical laboratory background to the CSMLS competency profiles. The PLA process reviews the applicant’s education, training and work experience to determine if they are equivalent to the national competency profile.
PLA applicants should understand that typically, more than 80% of all applicants have gaps in their education that must be filled. Medical laboratory technologists who are not immediately eligible to the Exam may have the option of completing a Learning Plan to gain eligibility; and is dependant on the outcome of their PLA assessment. For some applicants, this process can take several years to complete.
Learning Plan options are not available for medical laboratory assistants completing the PLA process.