Nova Scotia College of Medical Laboratory Technologists



To qualify as a MLT in Nova Scotia you must successfully complete a Canadian accredited Medical Laboratory Technology program and successfully challenge the national exam. For those educated internationally, you must successfully complete a prior learning assessment and successfully challenge the national exam. For further information see below. 

The MLT requirements are reflected in the national MLT competency profile

General MLT          Diagnostic Cytology          Clinical Genetics Technology

For a list of MLT accredited programs - click here  accredited programs

For a list of requirements for the prior learning assessment please visit the CSMLS website  

Click here for the requirements to write the national exam 

Please note that a practising license does not just refer to MLTs on the bench, but also to MLTs that are using their MLT knowledge that may directly or indirectly affect patient outcome or is a requirement of the employer. 

Remember: You cannot work as a medical laboratory technologist (MLT) in Nova Scotia until you have received notice from NSCMLT that your application has been approved.

To apply for a NSCMLT MLT license to practice, please choose the appropriate tab below.

When you apply to NSCMLT for registration as a MLT you are required to provide a number of documents as evidence that you have the required knowledge and skills that demonstrate you are competent and fit to practice. All applications are online and you will receive a confirmation email when your application is complete or requires further attention. For licensing please allow 2-3 weeks for processing. To help you with your application process, please refer to the registration policies found under the Registration Policy Tab. 

New Registrant

First time applicants shall complete an initial application. For more information please review REG.001 Initial Registration policy.

Previous Registrant with NSCMLT

If you were previously registered and/or are returning to work after an absence, please complete a reinstatement application. For more information please refer to the return to practice in Nova Scotia tab and REG.006 Reinstatement - Lapsed License Policy. 

To access the reinstatement application please login in to the NSCMLT member portal using your previous email account with NSCMLT and then if needed, click on forgot password and a password will be sent to you. If required, please contact NSCMLT at to retrieve your email account information.   

Annual Renewal

For those licensed by the NSCMLT and wish to renew their license, please complete a license renewal application. For more information please review REG.002 Annual License Renewal Policy . Note: Annual renewal is available September 1st to December 31st of each year. 

New Graduate

If you are a recent graduate awaiting your national exam result or to write the national exam and wish to apply for a license please refer to REG.011 Provisional License - New Graduate Policy for more information. Please note: YOU MUST HAVE YOUR LICENSE BEFORE STARTING YOUR EMPLOYMENT ORIENTATION.

Canadian Practicing

For those licensed by another regulated province other than Nova Scotia, please refer to REG.008 Labour Mobility Policy for more information.

Internationally Trained

If your MLT training was achieved outside of Canada, please review the step by step guide for your requirements to become licensed in Nova Scotia found under Internationally Trained Tab and refer to REG.010 Provisional License - IEMLT Policy for more information. 

Change of Registration Status

For MLTs who wish to change or update their registration status please log in and under Requests select the appropiate form: Notice of Non-Practice or License Upgrade.

All new or reinstatement applicants now require a criminal records/ vulnerable sector check 

Payroll deduction fee payment is not available for new and reinstatemnt applicants.


All inquiries and feedback should be made through the Registrar of the NSCMLT: Email and voicemail: Allow 1-3 business days (delays may occur if away for business travel).

Tel: (902) 453-9605             Toll Free: (888) 897-4095 (NS only)            Fax: (902) 454-3535

Mailing address:
Registrar c/o NSCMLT
202_380 Bedford Hwy
Halifax, NS B3M 2L4

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Land Acknowledgement - NSCMLT would like to begin by respectfully acknowleding that the province of Nova Scotia is the ancestral homelands of many diverse populations and acknowledge that we are on the traditional lands, referred to as Mi'kma'ki the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi'kmaq People who are the founding people of Nova Scotia under the "Treaties of Peace and Friendship". We respect the Peace and Friendship treaties, we acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past, and we dedicate ourselves to move forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.  

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380 Bedford Highway, Suite 202
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3M 2L4


Have an inquiry? Please complete the Contact Us Form under Contact tab

Phone: 902-453-9605

Toll Free: 888-897-4095 (NS only)

Fax: 902-454-3535