MLA/T Certification: International Applicants

International Applicants

The Ontario Society of Medical Technologists is a professional society for Medical Laboratory Technologists and Medical Laboratory Assistants/Technicians in the province of Ontario. The Society does not maintain an employment bureau, grant permission to practice or evaluate credentials for employment purposes.
Legislation in Ontario requires medical laboratory technologists to be members of the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO). Inquiries on entry to practice requirements should be addressed to:
The Registrar
College of Medical Laboratory Technologists
of Ontario
25 Adelaide St. E., Suite 2100
Toronto, ON    M5C 3A1
Phone: 416-861-9605
Please contact the CMLTO for the requirements needed to be certified as a medical laboratory technologist.
OSMT membership is comprised of various membership categories.  To be an Medical Laboratory Technologist member it is mandatory to be registered with the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO) or have received certification by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS).  Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician members must have passed the OSMT MLA/T certification exam.

There are also other membership opportunities with the OSMT.  Please review our Membership Categories page for more details.

The Foreign Credentials Refferal Office (FCRO) at Citizenship and Immigration Canada was established in May 2007 to provide internationally trained individuals with the information, path-finding and referral services they need to better apply their skills in Canada.  The Government of Canada is committed to helping newcomers succeed in Canada and over the past few years has published its annual Progress Report on foreign credential recognizition.  The 2009 Progress Report is now available at


NEW: A pilot program was offered in early 2008 on "Understanding the Canadian Health Care System, Culture and Context: An Orientation Program for Internationally Trained Health Professionals". Orientation to Canadian Health Care Systems, Culture and Context is designed for nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, medical radiation technologists, and medical laboratory technologists at any stage of licensure. This five week course will provide learners with a deepened understanding of how the Canadian Health Care System is organized, what Canadian patients expect from their health care providers, and how to communicate with patients and caregivers, as well as provide an opportunity to meet other newly arrived health care professionals in a supportive learning environment.  For additional information, see



Citizenship and Immigration Canada has created a new office to help internationally trained individuals find the information and services they need to get their training and credentials assessed and recognized in Canada.  Canada?s Foreign Credentials Referral Office (FCRO) can be accessed at
Service Canada also provides information and referral services in Canada toll-free at 1-888-854-1805.
By the fall 2007, 320 walk-in Service Canada Centres will be available throughout Canada to provide one-stop, easy access to a growing range of programs and services to individuals who are already in Canada.
The OSMT wishes to thank the Government of Canada for this new and much needed initiative to help integrate internationally trained individuals bring their diverse skills and experience to Canada.

Bridging Program and Continuing Education for laboratory technologists

The NBSMLT, in partnership with the Community College of New Brunswick, has recently launched a bridging program for internationally-educated laboratory technologists available in both French and English.  The program is mostly online, but also offers a 90 hour face to face training and a clinical placement.  It is a CE program with continuous enrollment.

Interested technologists can register for the individual courses if they choose and courses are also open to Canadian-educated technologists for professional development or re-entry to practice.

To view the program details, click on one of these links:

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