Professional Development

The MLPAO provides variety of professional development opportunities to MLT and MLA/T members including: up to date information on the laboratory industry though our quarterly publication ADVOCATE, weekly email updates, volunteering opportunities, Hotline Questions and much more.

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We’ve started an online pop-up webinar event series to keep us connected through the pandemic. Pop-Ups may occur sporadically through the year, but they usually happen on a monthly basis.


Speakers have ranged from Pediatric Phlebotomy to COVID-19. A half-hour presentation is followed by a Q+A with members. Participants receive a CE Certificate to include in their professional portfolio.


Pop-Up learning is 100% free for MLPAO Members!


MLPAO LUnch And Learn

Learn about the MLPAO, our Call to Action, and how to amplify your voice in a convenient Lunch and Learn presentation.

If you would like MLPAO CEO Michelle Hoad, CAE, to visit your lab for a lunch and learn presentation, please email and include your manager's contact information

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This 6-hour P.A.C.E. ® accredited course is designed to train Medical Laboratory Technologists working in other areas of the laboratory and Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technicians to help support MLTs with COVID-19 and other Molecular Diagnostics testing.


This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

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Our 2022 60th Anniversary Congress in Hamilton was a big success. It was great to see everyone again. Next year, we will be meeting in Ottawa on June 17th and 18th. Stay tuned for information about next year's congress!


Whether you're an MLT, MLA/T, or Lab Leader, our congress is an incredible learning experience.



The Dish helps you keep up with all of your Ontario-specific medical laboratory news and issues. This season we're focusing on an issue which impacts all of us here in Ontario: an impending medical laboratory staffing crisis. We’ll hear from small laboratories in rural and remote areas, lab managers preparing for shifting workforces, advocacy groups approaching the province to address the crisis, MLTs and MLA/Ts working on the ground, and many more stories from the frontlines of the shortage.

If you would like to share your story, email us at!



All members receive an annual subscription to ADVOCATE, the association’s magazine that runs feature articles, case studies, educational reports, and provides information about advocacy issues to laboratory personnel. Articles from members are always welcome.


If you would like to contribute an article or request copies for your laboratory or workplace please email us.



How You Impact Your Patients' With What You Do As A MLT

This 16-hour course is designed to provide insight to how the work carried out or not carried out by Medical Laboratory Technologists impacts patients’ outcomes. This course is a self-paced online course, once purchased you will be provided access within 2-3 business days.



MLPAO members have access to over 170 online education courses with MediaLab. Review an overview of offered courses here. All completed courses are validated with personalized certificates and training records. What an effective way to complete your QA hours!

To activate your MediaLab account send us an email using the "Contact Us" button below. You will automatically be connected to General Compliance CE. Please let us know if you would also like access to Histology. Once your account has been activated, you will find the courses online at



Access MLPAO's hotline question list here.

Have a question? Send it to




The MLPAO supports interprofessional collaboration amongst all health care professions. The following articles provides insight to the importance of working together. 

Other Medical Laboratory Events and Resources

The Only Glucose Meter Specifically Approved by Health Canada for Use with Critically Ill Patients

Jingzi Sherman, MD, MS, CCRA -Director, Medical and Scientific Affairs Nova Biomedical

Thursday, July 30 - 1 PM

COVID-19 Bedside Glucose Management—Risk of Ascorbic Acid and Hematocrit Interference

Charbel Abou-Diwan, PhD - North American Director of Medical and Scientific Affairs, Nova Biomedical

Thursday, June 18 - 4 PM

Bloody Easy For Healthcare Professionals

Bloody Easy Coagulation Simplified, second edition - Just released!

Click here to learn more and to download PDF version.

Hotline Questions

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QUESTION: Does an MLA have the authority to reject specimens? Or, does the MLA require the ability to know the criteria for you rejection so that a MLT can reject?


An MLA is required to know the standard operating procedures (SOPs) criteria of rejection for their place of employment which may also include the ability to reject certain specimens that are received. For example, your work place may have a procedure that states if a sample is received unlabelled that you would reject the sample in the computer system and that you would call the appropriate location to let them know as such. Even further to that, some employers would require the MLA to complete an incident report stating the facts of receiving an unlabelled sample (time specimen was received, location from which the sample came and who was called to notify to redraw). At some employers it may state in the SOP that only a MLT should reject the specimen. It all depends on the employer. An MLA should always refer to the SOP of their specific employer and if unclear as to what should be rejected or if it isn't clearly stated to discuss it right away with the supervisor. 
Tania Toffner, MLPAO Manager, Professional Services


QUESTION: I'm looking for resource information on the best gloves to offer biohazard protection in Microbiology. I have read, recently, that nitrile gloves are preferable to vinyl. Joan, Brockville 


  • In Histology we use Micro-Touch Nitrile gloves that are powder-free and latex-free because they fit so nicely and are impervious to solvents. With these qualities I think that they would also work well in microbiology. They are made by Ansell Cat. No. 4002, Phone: 1-800-363-8340 (Canada) Jan, Richmond Hill

  • Nitrile is far superior over vinyl, and is the recommended type for use with chemicals as well. Neoprene is also excellent for blood and body fluids, as well as chemicals. We have just starting switching over to a new glove for such purposes. It's by Medline and is called "Sensicare and is a Nitrile Powder-Free Medical glove, maximum protection against chemicals, harmful abrasions, type I allergic reactions to nitrile and viral exposure. Meets or exceeds ASTM D6319." Neen, Sudbury


I am currently attending a private school as an MLA/T student. In class recently the topic of liquid bandages was brought up and my teacher was unable to give an answer as to the regulations regarding use of these products. I know these products are available for use in hospital, but I am unsure as to whether or not they are acceptable for use in a lab environment to cover scratches etc before gloving (in place of a regular bandaid). My question to you is, can regular bandaids be replaced by the use of liquid bandaids in a lab environment? Would the regulation for this product fall under the jurisdiction of each particular lab, or is there a general consensus as to whether they can be used?


Don't know the regulations but we have liquid skin on the bone marrow try. We do use it on ourselves sometime. Don't know if it is a higher quality to liquid bandaids or not. If a person is gloving after, my personal opinion is that it should be okay but for a policy type answer I am not sure. I would think they would be better than regular bandaids as they are a total seal. I would not put it on a patient though. Wendy, Ottawa

There was an article in the Globe and Mail this week, written by a plastic surgeon, it reviewed different ways scars are formed and how to reduce them. Liquid bandage was mentioned. It is probably still on the paper's web site, and might be relevant. Jim, London

I am looking for some information regarding the collection of sweat by iontophoresis for the purpose sweat chloride testing. At Guelph General Hospital, we currently have MLTs perform both the collection of sweat and the sweat chloride analysis. We are currently considering having our certified MLA/Ts perform the sweat collection. MLTs would continue to perform the sweat analysis.
My question is: Are MLA/Ts certified to collect sweat? Must the collection be an MLT function?


  • I think this question should be answered by OLA/QMP-LS. Sue, MLT, Sudbury

  • To my knowledge no school teaches this procedure formally. I myself have never even heard of it before so I have no idea how it is done. Lorraine, MLA/T, Aurora

  • At the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in Thunder Bay, the MLA/T's collect the sweat by iontophoreses for sweat chloride analysis and the MLT's do the actual analysis. Irene, MLT, Thunder Bay