Continuous Education

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The NLCMLS acknowledges the NSCMLT for the use of their Continuing Educational Program material
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 TechEducational.nl is to provide NLCMLS members with recognition and documentation of achieving sufficient professional development to be eligible for licensing. 
 
The program is designed to:
 
TechEducation.nl Credits
To renew a license on an annual basis the MLT must have at least ten hours of educational credits and at least 240 hours of practice.
 
Work credits 
For every 240 hours worked the applicant will have accumulated 1 work credit  Educational credits can be converted to work credits in the event the minimum work hour credits have not been achieved. The formula for conversion can be found on the TechEducational credit chart.
 
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 on the basis of 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 (already get 240 hours credit per year) 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.
 
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 the majority 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 TechEducational.nl 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 of your information. 
 
Completing Member Information
The member information section must be completely filled in. 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:
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:
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.
 
Signature
Once the official application is completed with your signature, it becomes a legal document.