Continuing Education


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Program Description:
Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLTs) are highly trained and skilled professionals who are an integral part of the health care community. Lifelong learning is essential to keep this expertise in the rapidly changing technical laboratory environment. The NLCMLS Standards of Practice, endorsed by the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science (
CSMLS), states that MLTs "demonstrate, maintain, and improve (our) knowledge and skills at an appropriate level while remaining current with scientific advances."

The purpose of is to provide NLCMLS members with recognition and documentation of achieving sufficient professional development to be eligible for licensing.

The program is designed to:

  • Assist members with participation in ongoing Professional Development (PD) activities

  • Assist members in obtaining PD credits for their PD activities

  • Assist members in accessing and identifying local PD opportunities

  • Assist members in documenting PD activities Credits
    To renew a license on an annual basis the MLT must have at least ten hours of educational credits and at least 960 hours 
    Professional Development Credits - Categories 1, 2, 3 – Minimum 10 hours per year.

    The minimum amount of education credits required is 10 hours per year. More than this amount can be submitted. Credits are typically assigned based on 1hour credit/ hour of activity. For example, every hour in attendance at a workshop seminar, lecture etc. the applicant will earn 1-hour credit and for each 1-day (7.5 hours) seminar the applicant may submit 7.5 hours credit.

    Maximum credit categories

    There are some activities that are assigned a maximum credit value/ year or / audit cycle regardless of how many hours are spent on the activity. These activities may happen during work time and may be a part of the job requirement or considered to be important to the development of laboratory professionals but not deemed to be significant to the upgrading knowledge and skills in Medical Technology. These activities are being accepted to recognize the importance of new learning and updating knowledge. These maximum credit values are indicated in the credit value chart.page1image1971276144

Categories of Professional Development:

Category 1 – Professional Activities

Activities that promote enhance and deliver learning to self and others

Category 2 – Non-laboratory related – Transferable skills

Workshops, courses, training in other non-lab specific subject matter

Category 3 – Lab Related Professional Learning

Professional learning consists of formally planned Courses, workshops and conferences related to Medical Laboratory Science. Credit values are assigned based on hours of the program as indicated by the course description or CSMLS PEP criteria. Courses that do not have a CSMLS designation shall be submitted with the course description hours.

To support continuously updating knowledge and skills, NLCMLS members are encouraged to obtain most of credits in Category 1 and 3, the Professional activities and the Lab Related Professional Learning categories.

(Effective January 2016)
Members should obtain at least 2(Two) credit hours in Category 3 Lab Related Professional Learning category per year.

Completing the credit form sent by the Health Professional Council:

All NLCMLS applicants must use the forms provided by the Health Professional Council. You may attach log sheets or additional forms to the application if there is insufficient space to record all your information.
Completing Member Information

The member information section must be completed in its entirety. It is very important to print clearly and include an email address and a phone number.

Claiming Credits

All professional development activities to be considered for credit shall:

  • Be listed on the application in the appropriate section

  • Include the title or name of the activity

  • Include the name of instructor/ presenter

  • Include the date of the activity (40 hours of training is not sufficient)

  • Include what you are keeping for documentation (certificate, log sheet, Proof of


  • Include the # of hours of activity (most events have a standard # of hours on certificates)

  • Include the number of hours you are claiming

  • Total the # of hours being claimed

    Any activity or reading material documented on the application must be itemized. Activities that are not itemized or do not contain the required information shall not be included in the calculation of hours and may be rejected.

    Unacceptable example: Applicants who submit “CSMLS journal articles x 10”

    Maintaining Documentation and Audit of Activities

    Documentation and proof of activity is required for all professional development activities. Appropriate documentation includes:

  • Certificates

  • Diplomas

  • Copy of paid registration,

  • Log sheets of seminars attended with the dates and instructor names

  • Front page of power point (must be dated with a title and presenter)

  • Other forms of documentation may be acceptable and should be approved by

    the Professional Development Director.

    You are not required to send all the documentation with your application. Random audits will be performed each year. Once you are identified for an audit you will have 1 month to produce the documentation for review. It will be returned to you within 2 months of receipt. Documentation and a copy of the application should be kept for 4 years in the event of an internal audit. A copy of the application should be kept by the member in case the initial application is lost or does not reach the Registrar’s office.


    Once the official application is completed with your signature, it becomes a legal document.

    The NLCMLS acknowledges the NSCMLT for the use of their Continuing Educational Program material