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Registration Requirements for Internationally Educated Medical Laboratory Technologists

To practise as a regulated health professional in Ontario, you must be a member of your profession’s regulatory college and hold a certificate of registration. Regulated health professionals are required by law to deliver competent, ethical and professional services, and are accountable to the public through their respective colleges.

The College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO) is the regulatory body for medical laboratory technology (MLT) practice in Ontario. The CMLTO exists so that, in Ontario, the public’s right to quality medical laboratory services is protected by providing self-regulation and leadership to the practice of medical laboratory technologists. Further, the CMLTO exists to ensure such services are provided by ethical and competent practitioners to maximize health outcomes.

Ontario Registration Requirements

To practice medical laboratory technology in Ontario, internationally educated medical laboratory technologists (MLTs) must hold a Certificate of Registration and meet the requirements set out by the CMLTO. To become eligible for the Certificate of Registration, internationally educated medical laboratory technologists (MLTs) must meet the following registration requirements:

  1. Show proof of successful completion of a medical laboratory technology program that is equivalent to a medical laboratory technology program offered at an institution accredited by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) in Canada.
  2. Show proof of reasonable fluency in English or French.
  3. Show you are mentally competent to practise the profession and will practise with decency, integrity, and honesty in accordance with the law.
  4. Show you can communicate effectively with and will display an appropriate attitude towards patients and colleagues.
  5. Show proof of Canadian citizenship, Permanent Residency or authorization to practise medical laboratory technology in Canada.
  6. Successfully complete the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) National Certification Examination.
  7. Satisfy one of the following educational and training requirements:
    • Within the 3 years preceding the application, show active engagement in the practice of medical laboratory technology, which may include time spent as a student, or in the teaching of medical laboratory technology, that demonstrates, in the opinion of the Registration Committee, that he or she could meet the current standards of practice in Ontario; or
    • Within the 3 years preceding the application, show successful completion of a refresher course in the relevant specialties in laboratory science approved by the Registration Committee.

To learn more about the registration requirements, please visit the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario website..

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