This is an overview for Internationally Educated Medical seeking certification and licencing.
Immigration vs. Registration
Immigration to Canada and registration with the SSMLT are two separate processes. 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 qualified to work as a medical laboratory technologist in Saskatchewan but may not be eligible to immigrate.
If you are not currently residing in Canada, please read more information for Non-Residents of Canada .
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 Regulations
It is essential that you work on both the immigration and the registration processes.
Visit Government of Saskatchewan - Immigrating to Saskatchewan for more information.
Medical Laboratory Technologist Profession (MLT) in Canada
Medical Laboratory Technologists are 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.
To be licenced as a MLT in Saskatchewan you must be CSMLS MLT Certified or be eligible to write the CSMLS Certification Exam.
SSMLT licences MLTs in the following three (3) Categories:
- MLT- General Practice ( Includes all: Chemistry, Hematology, Transfusion Science, Microbiology, and Histology)
- Diagnostic Cytology
- Clinical Genetics
Step 1: Certification Equivalency Process
MLTs formally educated and trained outside of Canada who are interested in working in Saskatchewan and who are looking to become registered with the SSMLT must first make application for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) to the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) at:
The PLA process will establish Canadian certification equivalency in order to determine eligibility to challenge the CSMLS certification examination(s).
Carefully review the requirements for a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)
This process is detailed and it is important that you read all documents carefully to determine if you are eligible to make application for one of the three (3) categories.
Submit all required documentation directly to CSMLS as outlined in the CSMLS PLA Handbook.
Following submission of all required documents the CSMLS will provide a PLA assessment report.
There are three (3) possible outcomes:
1. You meet the requirements and are eligible to write the CSMLS Certification Examination
2. 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.
3. You do not meet the requirements to be a Certified Medical Laboratory Technologist. You may wish to pursue
alternate career options.
Upon successful completion of all requirements of the PLA process, you may be deemed eligible to write the CSMLS Certification Examination.
Once you are CSMLS certified or CSMLS exam eligible you may be eligible for a SSMLT licence and can proceed to SSMLT Licencing Process.
Step 2: SSMLT Licencing Process
SSMLT registration is available to MLTs that have successful challenged the CSMLS MLT Certification Examination or are eligible to write the CSMLS Certification Exam as follows:
1. Temporary Licence-Practicing under Supervision
Once an individual has been deemed by the CSMLS, eligible to challenge the CSMLS certification examination on the CSMLS PLA, the individual may apply for registration with the SSMLT for a Temporary Licence-Practicing under Supervision.
- You are eligible to write the CSMLS certification exam
- You are eligible to work in Saskatchewan.
- Submit required information to SSMLT for review via email to firstname.lastname@example.org subject 'Application documents for review'