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Requirements to apply for certification

The following minimum requirements must be met for your certification.

1.     For a Medical Scientist or Clinical Scientist, a relevant degree in Science or Applied Science (AQF Level 7 or above) which permit membership as a scientist of a member organisation, or an overseas qualification assessed as equivalent by the Australian Institute of Medical and Clinical Scientists, or an associate qualification conferred by the Australian Institute of Medical Technologists before 1st December 1973.

2.     In addition, for a Clinical Scientist, one or more of the following qualifications:

  • Fellowship of Australasian Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine;

  • Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Medical and Clinical Scientists;

  • Fellowship of the Australian Society for Microbiology (Medical Microbiology or Clinical Microbiology);

  • Fellowship of the Human Genetics Society of Australasia (Biochemical Genetics, Cytogenetics or Molecular Genetics);

  • Fellowship of the Australian Society of Cytology;

  • Fellowship of the Faculty of Science (by examination) of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia;

  • A Doctorate of Philosophy, Australian Qualifications Framework level 10 or equivalent doctoral level degree, in a subject relevant to the scope of diagnostic testing of the laboratory they are supervising.

  • For ART laboratories, meets the criteria in the RTAC code of practice for scientific directors.

  • For Bone Marrow Transplant laboratories, meets the requirements of the Bone Marrow Transplant Scientists Association of Australasia (BMTSAA).

3.     For a Technical Officer, documentary evidence of completing a relevant VET sector course at AQF 5 or 6 which permits membership as a technical officer of a member organisation (or higher relevant qualification such as a science degree), or an overseas qualification assessed as equivalent by the Australian Institute of Medical and Clinical Scientists.

4.     Minimum 2 years relevant recent experience for a Technical Officer or Medical Scientist, and minimum 5 years relevant experience for a Clinical Scientist.

5.     Declaration of competency assessment, in their current role, by applicant's supervisor using the CMLS pro forma. 

7.     Meeting the requirements for CPD from an accredited CPD provider in the previous 2 years.

Provisional Certification 

With the move to certification being linked to meeting the CPD requirements of the relevant professional body, issuing Provisional Certification for those who have yet to meet CPD goals and any concessions to CPD requirements for those with breaks in service (such as maternity leave) are at the discretion of the individual professional body.  

Conditional Certification

Scientists and Technical Officers who are currently employed and have met the qualification requirements but do not yet have the minimum 2 years relevant recent experience and CPD record may apply  to their professional body for conditional certification. 

They must still  provide a declaration from their supervisor that they are employed in a relevant role but with less than 2 years experience and that they are undertaking ongoing training and competency assessment. Applicants for conditional certification also need to commit to participate in CPD activities and recording.

Conditional certification will run for a maximum of two years, after which they will be required to undergo competency assessment and meet CPD requirements to transition to full certification.

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