Job requirements Medical Laboratory Technical Assistant in Canada

National Occupational Classification update

We have updated this page to reflect the transition to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the occupation "medical laboratory technical assistant" was moved from the group Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants (NOC 3212) to the group Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations (NOC 33101).

Find out what you typically need to work as a medical laboratory technical assistant in Canada. These requirements are applicable to all Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants (NOC 33101).

Employment requirements

This is what you typically need for the job.

  • Medical laboratory assistants and related technical workers require completion of a college certificate program in medical laboratory science.
  • Certification by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science is usually required by employers.

Source National Occupational Classification

Professional certification and licensing

You might need to get a certification from a regulatory authority before you start working. Find out if this occupation is regulated in your province or territory.

Table listing provincial regulation requirements
Location Job title Regulation Regulatory body
British Columbia Medical Laboratory Technicians And Pathologists' Assistants Regulated Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science

Source Foreign Credential Recognition Program - ESDC

Do you want to work in another province or territory?

If you are already certified to work in a regulated occupation in your province or territory, it will be easier for you to have your certification recognized in another province or territory. See the Workers Mobility's website to learn more.

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