Medical Laboratory Technologists
Membership - annual
$139.00 - MLTs working in a Canadian laboratory.
Medical Laboratory Assistants
Membership only (annual)
$85.00 - MLAs working in a Canadian laboratory.
MLA Certification only (one-time fee)
$89.00 - for graduates of BC MLA programs. Details on the right side of this page.
MLA Certification & Membership
$149.00 - reduced rate (This is for graduates of BC MLA programs only). Combined certification (one-time) and first year of BCSLS membership (annual).
**Fees include MLA Liability Insurance for current MLA members who are also BCSLS certified.
$80.00 - MLT or MLA not working in a Canadian laboratory for at least the past 12 months. Internationally trained or retired.
$75.00 - students enrolled in approved programs leading to certification by CSMLS or BCSLS.
May 1st - April 30th Membership fees must be paid annually. Fees are not prorated if paid after May 1st.
BCSLS fees can be paid via CSMLS when a CSMLS member is renewing their annual membership or joining for the first time. When this is done prior to the end of the current calendar year BCSLS will recognize new members as of January 1st of next year. If this is done between January 1st and April 30th of the current year new members will be immediately recognized and their membership will extend to April 30th of the following year.
Refunds are available only for those who pay in advance of May 1st of the next membership period. No refunds will be made after May 1st. All refunds will be assessed a $25 processing fee.
Membership & Certification Fees
May 1, 2013 - April 30, 2014
Renewals & New members
Online Membership Registration
Mail-in 2013/2014 Membership form
2012 or 2013 MLA Graduates
Certification & Membership Special:
Get BCSLS certified and your first year membership is free!
Our members are Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLT), Medical Laboratory Assistants (MLA), trainees and affiliate members. They are employed in hospitals, government agencies, educational institutions, commercial laboratories and other private and public health facilities. Some members have pursued careers in health care administration and elsewhere within and outside the laboratory. Retired and unemployed members can maintain their membership as affiliates
Areas of Specialization
Medical laboratory Technologists work in many specialist areas such as Clinical Chemistry, Clinical Microbiology, Hematology, Transfusion Science, Histology, Diagnostic Cytology, Clinical Genetics, Immunology, Electron Microscopy, Virology, Parasitology, and Flow Cytometry.
Medical Laboratory Assistants collect, prepare and assist with specimen testing.
Advocacy: We advocate on behalf of the profession with the provincial government, health authorities, and coordinating bodies (e.g. Diagnostic Accreditation Program, Private Career Training Agency, Provincial Laboratory Coordinating Organization and the BC Academic Health Council). We send representatives to educational advisory committees, health regulatory organizations meetings, and liaise with other health professional associations and unions. We also participate with CSMLS in national task forces and other initiatives.
Recognition: Our members are recognized throughout the province as meeting high standards of education and clinical experience. We maintain a database of members, so that with your permission, we can verify your credentials to employers.
Education: We organize lectures, seminars, workshops, conferences, and distance education courses to maintain your knowledge and update your skills to keep pace with changing conditions in the workplace. Our members enjoy special low rates on all such events and services.
Communication: Our communication is a two-way process. We listen to your concerns! Our staff and board members are available to discuss matters important to you and the profession. We keep you informed of emerging issues through our newsletter, broadcast faxes, e-mail notices, information-rich website and events.
Leadership: Members have the opportunity to contribute to advancing their profession by serving on the Board of Directors, committees and task forces. By volunteering you can gain important skills and insights that can assist with your career. BCSLS regularly recognizes its volunteers through short and long-term service awards.
Insurance: Current MLA members with BCSLS certification receive professional liability insurance coverage with their annual membership fee.
Bursaries: The Dr. Phil Reid Bursary Fund was established to provide members with some support for professional development. Each year the interest earned on the fund is available to support eligible education courses or events.
Medical Laboratory Technologist Certification
Please contact the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science for information about certification.
BCSLS Medical Laboratory Assistant Certification
BCSLS reviews applications from public and private colleges, to determine whether their MLA programs meet BCSLS Competency Guidelines and Practicum Competency. Graduates of approved programs can apply for BCSLS certification after graduation.
BCSLS Approved Colleges
Only these colleges are approved by BCSLS to offer MLA programs:
- Camosun College
- MTI Community College
- Stenberg College
- Thompson Rivers University
- VCC: Vancouver Community College
- West Coast College of Health Care
- CDI College (Abbotsford & Burnaby)
- CDI: Vancouver Career College (Abbotsford)
Graduates from these colleges can apply for BCSLS certification.
BCSLS Certification Information
To apply for BCSLS certification please register through the Membership/Certification Application. Press the purple 'Register Now' button on the left
MLA Liability Insurance
MLA's working in BC who are current MLA members with BCSLS certification receive professional liability insurance coverage with their annual membership fee.