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National medical laboratory workforce certification scheme 

The medical laboratory science profession in Australia now has its own national professional certification scheme. 

The Australian Council for Certification of Medical Laboratory Scientific Workforce (CMLS) has worked with representatives from AIMS, AACB, ASM, HGSA, ASC, ANZSBT, ASCIA, FSA, THANZ, ACS, and AAHH to design a model of medical laboratory science certification for professionals, no matter their chosen discipline.  

The initial scheme launched in 2020 and a revised operating model, aimed at reducing costs to certificants came into operation in mid 2023. New applications for certification and renewals are processed by the professional bodies providing CPD.  Please contact your relevant association for details.

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Certification and inclusion on a public register demonstrates a commitment to superior professionalism, support of industry standards and is aligned with competency development and assessment processes. Certified medical laboratory scientists and technicians can expect an advantage in career progression, and other benefits, including:

  • Public recognition of scientific qualifications.
  • Acknowledgement of participation in continuing professional development (CPD) and education.
  • Increased professional credibility and prestige of scientists and technicians in the industry.
  • Potential to provide further educational and CPD opportunities for scientists and technicians. 

Content updated February 2024