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). Almost 190 scientists and technicians have already obtained certification and are listed at

A 10% discount will apply to the normal certification fee for new registrants until the end of 2020, in recognition of the challenges and sacrifices made by scientists and technical officers in 2020 to deliver core services in medical laboratories.

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 technical officers in the industry.

There have been 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 technical officers for their work, and hopes that the new national certification scheme will provide further educational and development opportunities. 

A webinar about the certification scheme is available at

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Content updated October 2020

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