Internationally Educated MLT
Internationally educated MLTs that are Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) certified and working in another Canadian jurisdiction, refer to Canadian Certified MLT application.
Immigration to Canada and registration with the SSMLT are two separate processes. It is essential that you work on both the immigration and the registration processes.
Registration (Licensure) Process
Medical Laboratory Technologist Profession in Canada is regulated in each province in Canada except British Columbia and Prince Edward Island. Entrance requirements for each province are similar. In Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists is the regulator.
You must hold a license to be able to practice medical laboratory technology in Saskatchewan. If your education and experience do not qualify you to be an MLT in one province, you will not be licensed in another province.
SSMLT licences MLTs in the following three (3) Categories:
Remember: You cannot work as a medical laboratory technologist in Saskatchewan until you have received notice from SSMLT that your license application has been approved.
Steps to SSMLT registration (Licensure)Internationally Educated Medical Laboratory Technologists (IEMLTs) undergo various levels of training in order to obtain the credential to practice their profession in their home country.
SSMLT registration (licensure) requires the following 3 steps in order:
Step 1: Substantial equivalency - CSMLS Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)
- Step 1 must be completed prior to proceeding to Step 2
- Any questions related to PLA must be directed to CSMLS. (See final page of PLA Handbook for CSMLS contact information)
- Information in Step 1-Details below has several links to the CSMLS website for the PLA information. Read all information related to Prior Learning Assessment and Handbook.
Step 1 Details:
To complete the PLA substantial equivalency process you first must review all requirements and if eligible make application for PLA to the CSMLS: www.csmls.org
Carefully review the requirements for a CSMLS Steps to Certification. This process is detailed and it is important that you read all documents including the CSMLS PLA Handbook carefully to determine if you are eligible to proceed.
NOTE: The length of time to complete the PLA process is applicant dependent. It can take several weeks, to months or even years to be deemed eligible to write the CSMLS exam or to become CSMLS certified.
Following successful completion of all requirements of the PLA process and upon receiving a PLA report that indicates " You meet the requirements and are eligible to write the CSMLS Certification Exam" you can proceed to step 2.
Step 2: Credential Document Review - SSMLT application
- If you have completed Step 1 and are in Canada and eligible to work in Canada contact SSMLT office at email@example.com for registration information
- IEMLTs currently outside Canada and not eligible to work in Canada continue with Step 2:
- Step 1 must be completed prior to proceeding to this Step
- You must be eligible to write the CSMLS certification exam or have written the exam awaiting results
- Items required for CDR will be reviewed to determine if an applicant meets the initial requirements for registration with SSMLT
- If your CDR letter from SSMLT indicates you meet the initial requirements to apply for SSMLT membership, this letter can be used for SINP application.
- Note: A positive Credential Document Review does not guarantee a SSMLT license. All SSMLT license applicants are required to submit current credential documents, all general application requirements and submit the required payment to be considered for a SSMLT license.
Step 2 Details:
1. If you are currently not in Canada or eligible to work in Canada, SSMLT must determine membership eligibility. Proceed with Credential Document Review (CDR) application. IEMLTs not currently in Canada must have completed requirements of the CSMLS Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) in Step 1 above may be in one of the following categories:
2. If you are eligible to work in Canada (Permanent Resident or Work Visa) and your Prior Learning Assessment from CSMLS indicates you are eligible to write the CSMLS certification exam or you are CSMLS certified and have no work experience in Canada, a Credential Document Review Application may not be required. Contact SSMLT office at firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions.
How to Apply
Once you have reviewed the applicable document checklist and have all required documents you can complete the Credential Document Review Application Form below, remit the fee (non-refundable $150) and submit required documents.
Some documents are required to be sent from source directly to SSMLT office as outlined in the document checklist. Application processing will not begin until all documents are received and takes up to 3 weeks.
The on-line application will allow you to create your own login-id and password.
Username requires a minimum length of 5 characters.
Password requires a minimum length of 6 characters, must contain an uppercase letter and a digit.
These login credentials which you may reset, will allow you access to your 'Applicant Portal' where you can upload the required supporting documents.
Please note that once you submit your on-line credential document review form, your credential documents review application will have a status of 'pending'. When all required credential documents are received, SSMLT staff will review your application and either advise you as follows:
Credential document review file expires 12 months from the date of initial application. Should you meet the requirements for SSMLT license application, you must proceed to license application prior to file expiration. If you do not apply for a license prior to file expiration, you must submit a new Credential Document Review application, required updated documents and applicable fee. Note: A positive Credential Document Review does not guarantee a SSMLT license.
Step 3: License application-SSMLT
SSMLT General Requirements for Membership effective December 1, 2019
Section 7, of the SSMLT bylaws outlines the general requirements for membership.
The following applies to all new applicants:
3. Evidence of Photo ID
In addition to the general requirements for membership:
- You must have completed all requirements of Steps 1 & 2
- You must be eligible to work in Canada to complete Step 3
- Note: A positive Credential Document Review does not guarantee a SSMLT license
CDR applicants must notify SSMLT via email at email@example.com and indicate that they are ready to proceed with application for licensure.
Typically applicants would be applying for membership following their arrival to Canada. Once SSMLT receives notification that you are ready to proceed with license application, if eligible, you will be provided the SSMLT license application form for completion. SSMLT license applicants must complete the online application form, provide all general application documents required and pay the application and license fees.