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Medical Laboratory Technologist

Medical laboratory technologists perform various lab tests and procedures to help doctors diagnose, monitor, treat, and prevent disease and maintain health.


College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Alberta (CMLTA)
Suite 301
9426 - 51st Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T6E 5A6

Call: 780-435-5452
Toll-free: 1-800-265-9351
Fax: 780-437-1442



Under Alberta’s Health Professions Act [pdf], Health Professions Restricted Activity Regulation [pdf], and Medical Laboratory Technologists Profession Regulation [pdf], registration with the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Alberta (CMLTA) is mandatory. Only registered members may provide restricted activities specified in the Regulations. This includes those who:

  • Conduct laboratory tests that are used by other regulated members to provide professional services directly to the public
  • Meet identified competency requirements and provide professional services directly to the public
  • Teach the practice of the profession to members or students of the profession
  • Supervise registered members who provide services to the public
  • Use the titles and initials: medical laboratory technologist, registered medical laboratory technologist, or MLT

What You Need

The medical laboratory technologist register includes 3 categories:

  • General
  • Diagnostic cytology
  • Clinical genetics

The designation depends on the applicant’s education and the corresponding national certification exam.

To register as a medical laboratory technologist (MLT) in Alberta, you must successfully complete:

  • An approved or accredited 2-year diploma or 4-year bachelor’s degree program in medical laboratory science
  • Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) National Certification Examination
  • CMLTA Jurisprudence Learning Module

Applicants who have been out of practice for a period may have to demonstrate that they are currently competent to practice.

There is another registration category for medical laboratory technologists.

A provisional medical laboratory technologist:

  • Has met the academic requirement but has not completed the CSMLS exam yet
  • Must work under the direct supervision of an MLT

For details about all registration requirements, contact the CMLTA or visit the CMLTA website.

Working in Alberta

Medical laboratory technologists who are registered by and in good standing with a regulatory body elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta if their scope of practice and competencies are similar.

For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory in Canada? and the CMLTA website.

Internationally educated medical laboratory technologists can apply through the CMLTA Internationally Educated MLTs pathway.

The certification information in this profile may change at any time and without notice. Before making any career decisions, we advise you to contact the regulatory organization or visit their website for the most updated information.

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