Things to Know About Becoming a Medical Laboratory Technologist in Canada
Provincial regulatory bodies (also called regulatory colleges) establish the rules and regulations that determine who may practice as a medical laboratory technologist. Their primary role is to protect the public.
Regulatory bodies exist in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. If you wish to work as a technologist in any of these provinces, you must be registered with the regulatory body (see list below).
In Canada, the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) is the national certifying body for medical laboratory technologists. The CSMLS administers the certification exam for medical laboratory technologists. To write the exam, applicants must have graduated from a program accredited by the Conjoint Accreditation Services, Canadian Medical Association or equivalent. All of the regulated provinces (with the exception of Quebec, which has its own regulations) require CSMLS certification, and most employers in the unregulated provinces and territories require CSMLS certification.