Fact Sheet – Medical Laboratory Technologist

Last updated: August 31, 2018

Regulated profession:

  • Medical Laboratory Technologist
NOC 2016¹ Occupation
3211 Medical laboratory technologist (Open NOC 3211 see ‘View all titles’)

Regulator:

Regulated title:

  • Medical Laboratory Technologist (M.L.T.)
    • Note: Medical Laboratory Assistant certification, while not yet mandatory in any province or territory, is gaining recognition across Canada.

National body:

Application process (for certification):

Credential evaluation:

Language proficiency:

  • In 2017, CMLTM revised its language proficiency policy. For details:
    • Open CMLTM Policies
    • Scroll down to open Policy # BOA 17 – Language Proficiency

 Professional competency profiles:

 Tools/resources:

Membership associations:

Voluntary membership is available in:

(Neither organization is a regulatory body.)

Employment outlook:

  • Open Explore careers by outlook
  • Enter occupation name or NOC code in window; click “Search”
  • Scroll down to view employment outlook by provinces and regions across Canada.

Job search tools:

To search job postings in any occupation visit:

  • Government of Canada – Job Bank – Job Search
  • Government of Canada – Job Bank – Job Match

Related occupations / Alternate careers:

There are many reasons an internationally-educated medical laboratory technologist may be interested in working in a related occupation.  Related occupations provide an individual with the opportunity to:

  • apply his/her skills and experience in a different (but related) occupation;
  • gain meaningful, interim employment while pursuing professional certification;
  • gain meaningful, alternative employment (as a stepping stone or career goal) if he/she chooses not to pursue professional certification or if he/she is not eligible to pursue professional certification.

See CSMLS Alternate Careers for Lab Professionals to access valuable information, tools, and resources on alternate careers.

In addition to the CSMLS resource, listed below are examples of occupations in the broader field of health and technology.  While each occupation will have its own set of employment requirements, none are regulated occupations in Manitoba and therefore do not have certification / registration requirements with a professional regulatory body.  Employers often, however, require applicants to have job-specific experience, training, and/or certification.  Always check the hiring criteria carefully.  Hiring criteria is set by the employer and will vary from employer to employer.

Listed below are examples of occupations in the broader field of health and technology.  While each occupation will have its own set of employment requirements, none are regulated occupations in Manitoba and therefore do not have certification / registration requirements with a professional regulatory body.  Employers often, however, require applicants to have job-specific experience, training, and/or certification.  Always check the hiring criteria carefully.  Hiring criteria is set by the employer and will vary from employer to employer.

NOC 2016¹ Occupation
3212 Medical laboratory technicians (Open NOC 3212 see ‘View all titles’)
3414 Other assisting occupations in support of health services (incl. blood donor clinic assistant)
6221 Technical sales specialists (incl. medical instruments and pharmaceutical sales representative)
2221 Biological technologists and technicians
2211 Chemical technologists and technicians

Other resources:

  • BioTalent Canada provides career exploration tools for internationally educated professionals interested in pursuing alternative careers in biotechnology. Open BioTalent Canada – Foreign Professionals and search available resources including Skills Transfer and Alternate Careers.

Note: This Fact Sheet was developed by Manitoba Education and Training, Immigration and Economic Opportunities Division.  It serves as a guide and will be updated periodically. When researching information on professional registration policies and procedures, always refer to the regulator to ensure accurate, up-to-date information.

1 The Government of Canada updates the National Occupational Classification (NOC) every five years. At present, users can access three versions of NOC (2016, 2011, and 2006) on the NOC website. With each update, some NOC codes will change but the majority will stay the same. When searching an occupation on the NOC website always use the most recent version (NOC 2016). The Government of Canada also operates Job Bank using NOC codes. Job Bank, however, currently operates on NOC 2011. When navigating on Job Bank, always use 2011 NOC codes.