Medical Lab Assistant



Who is the certification body responsible for Medical Laboratory Assistants in Alberta?

In Alberta, certification is not required to work as a Medical Lab Assistant, but may be an asset when seeking employment. Certification is offered by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS).

What are the registration requirements for internationally educated Medical Laboratory Assistants?

Medical Lab Assistants are neither regulated nor licenced in Alberta.

Internationally educated Medical Lab Assistants (MLA) do not qualify for CSMLS PLA (Prior Learning Assessment) for MLA. In order to become certified as an MLA, internationally educated MLAs must complete the same process as a Canadian MLA.

What are the educational requirements for Medical Laboratory Assistants in Alberta?

In Alberta, the following post-secondary institutions offer programs directly related programs:

ABES (Alberta Business and Educational Services) in Calgary
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton
Red Deer College in Red Deer
SAIT Polytechnic (SAIT) in Calgary

What supports are available to support internationally educated health professionals to integrate into the Canadian labour force?

Directions for Immigrants, Clear Communication for Health Professionals 

Developed for health care professionals, Clear Communication for Health Professionals is a facilitated study group that focuses on the essence of effective communication in a health care setting. Participants will learn more about Canadian workplace culture, developing effective listening skills and other techniques designed to help you succeed in the workplace. Please visit the Job Success Groups tab on the Study Groups page.

Where can I find more information about specific Medical Lab Assistant occupations, salary information and employment options?

Additional Occupational Information 

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