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Maintaining Competence

qap_symbol_and_noticeTo ensure ongoing competency, each medical laboratory technologist (MLT) makes a commitment to continuous quality improvement. The College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO) provides various member resources and programs to support this goal.

  • Professional Portfolio – helps members to maintain excellence in the profession by promoting ongoing self-reflection and development; mandatory for every practising member (random audits of portfolios are conducted throughout the year).
  • MLT Practice Guidelines – provide MLTs with current best practice advice and information, intended to support (not replace) the exercise of their professional judgment. Practice Guidelines are developed by working groups comprised of members of the College or other stakeholders, reflect both public and professional interests, and are maintained by the various CMLTO Committees.
  • Learning Modules – provide MLTs with additional practice resources to acquire knowledge, skill and judgment relevant to professional growth. Time spent reviewing the modules counts as professional development and may be included in the Professional Portfolio.
  • CMLTO event calendar and CMLTO news – members can check CMLTO resources for learning opportunities and events related to various medical laboratory science topics. Members and other stakeholders can keep up-to-date about the profession by participating in events such as conferences, webinars, courses etc.
  • Continuing education programs - suited for MLTs who prefer a traditional learning approach to professional development or practice in an environment where professional development activities are few or infrequent. Listed below are a few examples of organizations that offer programs that may be of interest to MLTs. 


Degree/ Diploma Programs

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Professional Enhancement Programs


For other professional development resources and information, click here.