Nova Scotia College of Medical Laboratory Technologists

Frequently Asked Questions

Continuing education is essential as MLTs assume leadership roles in the health care system. MLTs must strive to contribute to the improvement of the profession by embracing the ideals of life-long learning.

TeKnowledge.ns criteria promote professional activities, transferable skills, and lab related professional learning. Licensure and the need for TeKnowledge.ns creates an environment of accountability and uniformity for daily interactions and promotes the educational activities for professional growth.

The purpose of TeKnowledge.ns is to provide the NSCMLT members with recognition and documentation of achieving sufficient professional development to be eligible for licensing.

New NSCMLT members have 4 years to achieve their TeKnowledge.NS certificate?

New grads and new members from other provinces or internationally trained will have 4 years from their initial registration with the NSCMLT to achieve 8 CE credits toward the TeKnowledge.NS certificate. Completion of the MLT program or courses related to the certificate or degree does not count towards the required work credits.

How do I find out how many contact hours a formal course provides?

Most courses have a number of contact hours listed in the course description. CSMLS has a list of courses that have been assessed as well to help determine the appropriate number of contact hours. It is the responsibility of the individual to gather this information.

The formula used by CSMLS to assess and calculate course contact hours is it being used by the NSCMLT?

No, the NSCMLT does not have the resources to evaluate individual courses and therefore uses the contact hours provided with the course description.

What credit value do LIS system testers get?

Initial training provided 0.1 credit per hour of training. Recertification/upgrading training are 0.1 credit per hour to a maximum of 0.5 per 4 years.

What is the difference between Tutoring and Tech II for teaching students?

There is no difference in the eligibility for credits. Any technologist who is in a teaching role would get credit value for preparing and delivering educational material only once. If there is new material prepared and delivered it can count as additional credits; however, if the same training/tutoring is delivered more than once, the individual only gets credit one time.

Do credits get tallied by the person providing the assessment at NSCMLT?

No, the credits must be recorded on the application and tallied by the applicant. The NSCMLT assessor will not add up the credits or assign credit values and the application may be returned as incomplete.

Does NSCMLT send out a reminder that TeKnowledge.NS is expiring?

Yes, the NSCMLT office sends out an e-mail reminder @ 30 days prior to a member’s TeKnowledge.NS due date However, it is the responsibility of the member to be aware of when their TeKnowledge.NS expires and to submit their application on time. The NSCMLT Members roster includes the expiry date.

What credit values are individual’s eligible for related to Occupational Health and Safety?

Initial training provides 0.1 credit per hour of training. Recertification training is 0.1 credit per hour to a maximum of 0.5 per 4 years. These credits are submitted in category 2. There is a maximum of 0.5 credits for safety.

What credit values are individual’s eligible for related to performing CAP surveys and answering Cellavison questions?

CAP surveys and cellavision questions are considered part of your employment and are not granted any credits towards your TeKnowledge application.

How is the number of hours decided for training in an area?

Training in a new area is eligible for credits at 0.1 credit per hour as determined by the person responsible for the training. It includes only actual training time and does not include practice time.

What are the options for retirees?

Since a TeKnowledge.NS certificate is good for 4 years it may be advantageous to renew your TeKnowledge.NS as you retire so you will have 4 years that you will maintain your eligibility to work. At all times you must hold a valid TeKnowledge.NS to be licensed as an MLT even when you work casual or part time.

Do you require work credits to renew your TeKnowledge.ns certificate?

The 8 credits required for the TeKnowledge.NS certificate can be acquired solely through continuing education activities and do not require work credits at this time.

What credit value do preceptors for student clinical rotations get?

In the case where technologists are in a teaching or a mentoring role as part of their job, the technologist would get credit value for the preparation and delivery of formal training materials and documentation. The individual gets a one time credit. – 0.1 credit/ hour of preparation to a maximum of 1.0 credit. There is no credit for knowledge transfer. If the preceptor attends a course offered onsite or online - 0.1 credit/ hour.

Does vendor supply training on a new instrument count for credits?

A one-time credit value for the learning (no credits for teaching – in a train the trainer situation) 0.1 credit/ hour.There is no maximum credit value for the key operator training but it must be supported by vendor documentation or the description of the training session. (Most will issue a certificate that indicates the # of hours of training on it for CE credit purposes).

If a technologist is active on several committees how many TeKnowledge.ns credits can they claim?

The TeKnowledge.ns program allows those who serve on workplace professional committees, boards or regulatory bodies quality, safety, WHMIS, CSMLS/ NSCMLT or convention to claim TeKnowledge.ns credits – Since it is not recommended that all TeKnowledge.ns credits are achieved in this manner, members may claim 0.5 credits/ year up to a maximum of 1 credit / 4 year cycle regardless of how many committees the member is on.

There is not nearly enough room to list the types of workshops and the presenters' names etc in the space provided. Is it ok to submit on separate sheets?

It is fine to add a sheet to list your courses. If applying online you may attach a file with the list of workshop, courses etc. To attach a file you will find a box to upload a file under category 3.

In category 2 is it correct that you can only accumulate 1 credit for that whole category?

It is correct that there is a maximum of 1 credit for category 2 activities. These activities may happen during work time (already get 4.0 credits) and may be a part of the job requirement or considered to be important to the development of laboratory professionals but not deemed to be significant to the upgrading knowledge and skills in Medical Technology. These activities are being accepted to recognize the importance of new learning and updating knowledge. These maximum credit values are indicated in the credit value chart.

What do we fill in for the Documentation on file for Audit field?

You are required to answer yes or no. You do not have to state what the document is.

Does an attendance sheet qualify for documentation?

Yes, the attendance sheet does qualify for documentation.

What documentation do I include from online learning centres?

The print screen of the completed courses with the date of completion would suffice.

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