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Internationally-educated/Non-CMA-accredited program

What is the CMLTO?

To work as a medical laboratory technologist (MLT) in Ontario, you must be registered with the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO). While called a college, the CMLTO is a regulatory body rather than an educational body. It was established in 1993 by a law titled, the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA). The CMLTO membership is composed of approximately 7,000 regulated MLTs who serve Ontario’s citizens.

Once registered, MLTs must practice their profession in accordance with the CMLTO regulations and standards . This process protects the public’s right to safe, effective, ethical service from MLTs.

 

How do I become eligible for a Practising Certificate of Registration?

You must:

  1. be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada, or have an authorization under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada)
  2. have a  equivalency according to Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) to Canadian MLT education
  3. have Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) certification (formerly CSLT)
  4. a) have been actively engaged (used your knowledge, skill and judgement as an MLT) in the practice of medical laboratory technology during the three years immediately preceding the date of the application OR 
    b) have successfully completed refresher courses approved by the CMLTO within the three years preceding the date of the application. 

How do I become eligible for a Non-practising Certificate of Registration?
You must:

  1. be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada, or have an authorization under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada)
  2. have a  equivalency according to Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) to Canadian MLT education
  3. have Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) certification (formerly CSLT).

Note that members with Non-Practising certificates of registration:

  1. may not practice medical laboratory technology in Ontario
  2. may call himself/herself a medical laboratory technologist (MLT) in Ontario
  3. must upgrade to a Practising certificate of registration before starting to work as an MLT.


Before you apply for registration 
Before you can apply for registration as a medical laboratory technologist in Ontario, you must: 

1. be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada or have authorization under the Immigration & Refugee Protection Act (Canada).

For more information on Canadian citizenship, contact the Canadian Embassy or the Canada Immigration Centre.

You may wish to visit the following Internet resources:

2. provide evidence of reasonable fluency in English or French;

The following table outlines the minimum scores required on the fluency tests approved by the CMLTO Registration Committee.

Test Section

TOEFL iBT

IELTS – AC

IELTS – GT

CanTest

MELA*

Listening

20

7.0

7.0

4.0

8

Reading

22

7.0

7.0

4.0

7

Writing

22

7.0

7.0

4.0

7

Speaking

24

7.0

7.0

4.0

8

Overall/Total

88

7.0

7.0

4.0

-

Generally, the CMLTO accepts that an applicant is reasonably fluent in English or French if that is the applicant's primary language, or if the applicant graduated from an institution where the language of instruction for medical laboratory technology was English or French.

3. Have an assessment to establish equivalency to Canadian qualifications:

If your MLT education is not listed as a CMA-accredited program, your education must be assessed for equivalency to Canadian MLT education. Please check the list of CMA-accredited programs.

The organization the CMLTO uses to assess equivalency is the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS). The evaluation process used by the CSMLS is called the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). There are three parts to the PLA:

  1. Evaluation of English or French fluency.
  2. Evaluation of academic qualifications.
  3. Evaluation of past training and experience.

Contact the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science for more information about Prior Learning Assessment (PLA).

The Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS)

PO Box 2830, LCD 1

33 Wellington Street North

HAMILTON ON L8N 3N8

Toll free: 1-800-263-8277

Tel: (905) 528-8642

Fax: (905) 528-4968
www.csmls.org


What happens are the CSMLS completes my PLA?

If your education is deemed equivalent to Canadian MLT education, you can apply to write the CSMLS examination. Exam eligibility is determined by the CSMLS. 
 

4. Pass the CSMLS Examination.

5. Provide proof of Active Engagement (practice) as a medical laboratory technologist (MLT):

  • within the three years preceding the application, 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 three years preceding the application, successful completion of a refresher course in the relevant specialties in laboratory science approved by the Registration Committee.

How do I apply for CMLTO registration?

1. Complete the online registration application process.
2. Pay registration application fee online (VISA or MasterCard accepted).
3. Print the Guarantor’s verification form via online application process.
4. Mail the supporting documentation along with the Guarantor’s verification form to CMLTO. 
* Refer to the process map.

 

How do I contact the CMLTO?

Should you require further information, please contact the CMLTO Registration Department at 416-861-9605 [toll-free in Canada: 1-800-323-9672] ext. 1 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . To apply for membership, please complete the online registration application.

 

View the complete Registration Regulation.

View Frequently Asked Registration Questions