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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.

Immigration Process

Important: The immigration process can take a long time. If you are approved to immigrate to Saskatchewan, you must still be accepted and qualified to work as a medical laboratory technologist. Conversely, you may be eligible to apply for a license as a medical laboratory technologist in Saskatchewan but may not be eligible to work or immigrate.

Work Requirements

To work in Saskatchewan, you must have one of the following:

  • Be a Canadian Citizen
  • Be a permanent resident of Canada
  • Have authorization to work in Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations

Visit Government of Saskatchewan - Immigrating to Saskatchewan for more information.


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:

  • MLT- General Practice (Chemistry, Hematology, Transfusion Science, Microbiology, and Histology)
  • Diagnostic Cytology (Diagnostic Cytology and Histology since June 2017)
  • Clinical Genetics

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)

The Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) assesses IEMLTs for substantial equivalence for all jurisdictions in Canada.  Prior to SSMLT review for eligibility to registration, a Prior Learning Assessment must be completed.
  • 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:

The SSMLT must confirm that your education is substantially equivalent to that of a Canadian MLT graduate. The Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process administered by the CSMLS will establish Canadian equivalency in order to determine eligibility to challenge the CSMLS certification examination(s).

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 Prior Learning Assessment. 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 submission of all required documents for CSMLS PLA, you will be issued a PLA assessment report.

There are three (3) possible outcomes:

  • You meet the requirements and are eligible to write the CSMLS Certification Examination
  • You meet most of the requirements, but there is a gap in your education or experience. The CSMLS PLA report will provide guidance on ways to fill the gap. The learning plan will explain options for acceptable courses or training required to become eligible to write the CSMLS certification exam.
  • You do not meet the requirements to be a Certified Medical Laboratory Technologist. You may wish to pursue alternate career options.

    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 info@ssmlt.org 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 document requirements and submit the required payment to be considered for a SSMLT license.
    Carefully read Step 2 details below and if applicable submit a Credential Document Review application. 


    Step 2 Details:

    The Saskatchewan Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists (SSMLT) has been mandated to ensure that the public is protected by ensuring a minimum professional standard is obtained in order to be issued a License to Practice the profession in Saskatchewan.

    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:

    • CSMLS certification exam written and results pending -Document checklist
    • CSMLS certification exam eligible -Document checklist

    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 info@ssmlt.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.


    Requirements

    • Enter all required profile information.
    • Pay applicable credential document review fees.
    • Upload your supporting documents through your "Applicant Portal"

      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:

      • You meet the requirement to apply for SSMLT membership; or
      • You are required to submit further documents; or
      • You that you do not meet requirements for SSMLT membership
        CDR Term:
        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.

        Apply for Credential Document Review



        Step 3: License application-SSMLT



        • 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 info@ssmlt.org and indicate that they are ready to proceed with application for licensure. 

        Typically this would be 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.

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