Working in BC as a Medical Laboratory Technologist or as a Medical Laboratory Assistant
Health Match BC is a free health professional recruitment service funded by the government of British Columbia, Canada. Their role is to provide preliminary information that will steer you in the right direction; ensuring you have the employment requirements necessary for eligibility to practice in British Columbia. They will also assist you by providing information regarding prospective employers within the Health Authorities. For more information contact: Catherine Omueti - Recruitment Associate, Allied Health Services Health Match BC - 604.736.5920 ext. 360
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Medical Laboratory Technologist
*** The BC Ministry of Health and the BCSLS are moving towards a new self-regulating college for the approximately 8,500 diagnostic and therapeutic health professionals in British Columbia, including Medical Laboratory Technologists and will become fully functional by early 2019.
You can become a member of BCSLS, regardless of your MLT Certification process.
To work as a MLT in BC you must be certified to work. Employers require certification from CSMLS. www.csmls.org/Certification/Certification-Process.aspx
They will tell you that you have two options…
- MLT program from a Canadian recognized college – In BC that is BCIT (BC Institute of Technology) or CNC (College of New Caledonia)
- Write the challenge exam through CSMLS which includes applying for PLA (Prior Learning Assessment).
For more information about CSMLS certification, contact Lorna Zilic: Manager, Certification & Prior Learning Assessment, 905-528-8642 ext. 8681
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medical laboratory assistant
*** The BC Ministry of Health and the BCSLS are moving towards a new self-regulating college for the approximately 8,500 diagnostic and therapeutic health professionals in British Columbia, Once the new college has been substantially implemented (early 2019), the ministry will continue its work on regulatory options for a number of other diagnostic and therapeutic health care occupations, including Medical Laboratory Assistants.
BCSLS certification: To work as an MLA in BC right now (things will change as we are moving forward to create a regulatory college), it is not regulated that you have to be certified through us, BCSLS. This means that you could go out and find a job without BCSLS certification (education is up to the employer)…BUT…in reality many employers do ask that you are provincially certified.
BCSLS membership (different from certification) is easily received by just registering. You can do so from the membership webpage.
Current BCSLS Members who are also BCSLS certified: Current BCSLS members (annual renewal; no exams) who are also BCSLS certified (one-time fee) are entitled to professional liability insurance. BCSLS and OSMT have partnered with LMS PROLINK to deliver an enhanced Professional Liability Insurance program for BCSLS certified members. Some level of uncertainty is present in all lab work. But your professional status is NOT dependent on random variables.
PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY - As a Medical Laboratory Assistant, you’re aware that contamination, experimental errors, random errors or even human errors can happen at any time during sample processing or analysis. And that’s despite taking all of the proper precautions. Unfortunately, in your profession, a mistake can pose a great risk. That’s because a doctor’s treatment plan relies on your findings. This type of coverage protects you against liability or damages due to allegations of a negligent act, error, omission or malpractice arising from your profession as a Medical Laboratory Assistant and within your scope of practice including delegated acts communicated by a Laboratory or Medical Practitioner. For more information, click here
Apply for certification or membership from our Membership page.
BCSLS reviews applications from public and private colleges, to determine whether their MLA programs meet BCSLS Competency Guidelines. Graduates of approved programs can apply for BCSLS certification after graduation.
To obtain certification through us, you have two options.
- Attend an MLA program at one of the below recognized colleges
- VCC - Vancouver Community College
- Camosun College
- West Coast College of Health Care
- Stenberg College
- MTI – (Graduated before 2018)
- CDI College (campus specific)
- Vancouver Career College
- Thompson Rivers University
- Saskatchewan Polytechnic
- Please note that the exams are in English so it is your responsibility to ensure that your English Language abilities are good enough to write the exam. There is no English test for you to take to ensure your Language Standards for this exam.
- Apply with OSMT and go through their Learning Assessment.
- Write your MLA certification exam.
- Once you have your OSMT certification, you can apply for BCSLS certification.
- You will need to supply us with a copy of your OSMT certificate.
BCSLS certification: Once you have a diploma from one of the above colleges or an OSMT certificate then apply for BCSLS Certification.
Note: CSMLS certification for MLA’s does not have an ECG component that BC requires to work - so anyone wanting BC certification should consider getting certified through BCSLS instead of or as well as CSMLS.
medical laboratory technician
Medical Laboratory Technicians (not Technologist) - We are aware that in Eastern Canada there are medical lab technicians. BC does not recognize this designation. You will need to upgrade to a Medical Lab Technologist or find work as an Medical Lab Assistant.