Nova Scotia College of Medical Laboratory Technologists



To qualify as a medical laboratory technologist in Nova Scotia you must successfully complete a Canadian accredited Medical Laboratory Technology program and successfully challenge the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) national exam. For those educated internationally, you must successfully complete a prior learning assessment by CSMLS and successfully challenge the CSMLS national exam. For further information see below.

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. 

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

To apply for a NSCMLT membership, please choose the appropriate application.

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 recieve a confirmation email when your application is complete or requires further attention. Licensing allow 2-3 weeks for processing.

New Registrant

First time applicants (recent MLT graduates or to-be graduates please see the MLT Grad page for additional required documents list)

Annual Renewal

For those previously licensed by the NSCMLT and wishing to renew their license refer to license renewal.

New Graduate

If you are a student who is applying for a license refer to MLT Grad tab

Please note: You must have your license before starting employment orientation.

Canadian Practicing

For those licensed by a province other than Nova Scotia.

Internationally Trained

If you are an Internationally Trained Professional, please review the step by step guide of your requirements to become licensed in Nova Scotia found under Applications.

Return to Practice

If you are planning to return to the work force after an absence of more than 5 years, refer to the current NSCMLT Return to Practice Policy.

Change of Registration Status

For those members who wish to change or update their registration status.


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

Get in Touch

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


Phone: 902-453-9605

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

Fax: 902-454-3535