All CSMLS Exams must be written in Canada, regardless of the testing method.

Applicants must wait 24 hours after receiving the CSMLS registration confirmation email to schedule their exam seat at a Prometric test location (in-person or remotely proctored).

Candidates must schedule their CSMLS Exam seat, through Prometric, no later than 30 days before the Exam session they are registered for.

Clinical Genetics Exams can ONLY be written at a test center.

We cannot guarantee the availability of CSMLS Exam seats after this date.


Before submitting an Exam registration, all applicants must read the Exam Handbook and indicate that they agree to abide by the policies and rules found within it.

Particular attention should be placed on the Test Centre Rules (which include both in-person testing and remote proctored testing) found in Appendix II of the Exam Handbook.

Registration is open to applicants who have successfully completed, or will successfully complete, an EQual™ accredited Canadian Medical Laboratory educational program 14 days to 12 months prior to the Exam they register for.

Online registration is open to all PLA clients who are residents of Canada and have received a Statement of Eligibility to the CSMLS National Certification Exam, providing the Eligibility Statement is not expired.

PLA clients who are non-residents of Canada and have received a Statement of Eligibility to the CSMLS National Certification Exam, can only register by submitting a “paper” application, providing their Eligibility Statement is not expired. The completed application must be sent with payment by email to or by fax or mail.

All candidates will be verified as eligible to take the Exam prior to the Exam they have registered for. If you are found ineligible to take the Exam and your registration is cancelled, you may lose that attempt (considered a fail) and you may receive a partial or no refund, depending on timing. Candidates verified by a program as not being eligible to take the exam will receive a full refund if the program provides the information by the due date on the verification form for that exam session. For our cancellation policy, please see below.

Indigenous Land Acknowledgement : We respectfully acknowledge the CSMLS office, located in Hamilton, Ontario, is situated upon the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Mississauga Nation, Anishinaabe Peoples, and the Neutral Peoples. This land is covered by the Dish With One Spoon wampum, which is a treaty between the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe to share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. We further acknowledge that this land is covered by the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, 1792, between the Crown and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.


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