New national medical laboratory workforce certification scheme
In July 2020 a new national certification scheme for the medical laboratory workforce was launched by the Board of the Australian Council for the Certification of the Medical Scientific Laboratory Workforce (ACCMLSW). More than 200 scientists and technicians have already obtained certification and are listed at https://accmlsw.wildapricot.org/register.
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 and education.
- Increased professional credibility and prestige of scientists and technicians in the industry.
There were many challenges in 2020 and Australia’s success in the battle against COVID-19 owes much to our highly trained and competent scientific workforce, to provide reliable and timely testing. The ACCMSLW thanks scientists and technicians for their work, and recognises the challenges and sacrifices made to deliver core services in medical laboratories.
The ACCMSLW hopes that the new national certification scheme will provide further educational and development opportunities for scientists and technicians.
A webinar about the certification scheme is available at https://accmlsw.wildapricot.org/news/8923320
Content updated February 2021