Medical Laboratory Technician

Definition

Medical Laboratory Technicians (“technicians”) collect, receive, prepare, test and analyse human biological material to support patient diagnosis, management and treatment. Technicians select appropriate samples and prepare those for analysis using the appropriate laboratory equipment and testing protocols. While technicians may analyse and interpret laboratory results, they work within approved guidelines and protocols. Departures from defined parameters are to be referred to Medical Laboratory Scientists or other appropriately qualified and registered health practitioners prior to their release to referring clinicians. Technicians training includes a general overview of the practice of medical laboratory science and they are qualified to practise in a particular discipline.

Prescribed Qualifications

The Council has prescribed the following qualifications for a person to be eligible for provisional registration as a medical laboratory technician:

  • Have completed a minimum of six-calendar months employment in an appropriately accredited NZ laboratory and passed the Qualified Medical Laboratory Technician (QMLT) examination as set by the New Zealand Institute of Medical Laboratory Science (NZIMLS); or
  • Hold a New Zealand Bachelor of Science degree (or equivalent) with a major in a relevant biological science; or
  • Hold a Level 6 New Zealand Certificate in Science in a relevant biological science; or
  • Hold an overseas biological science qualification that has been assessed by the Council as being substantially equivalent to the New Zealand QMLT certificate.
  • You must have six month’s experience as a trainee in an ISO 15189 accredited New Zealand diagnostic medical laboratory prior to sitting the QMLT examination.   You will be required to complete the remaining time under provisional registration until you have gained two-years’ experience in an ISO 15189 accredited New Zealand diagnostic medical laboratory.

Required Experience

  • You must have six month’s experience as a trainee in an appropriately accredited New Zealand diagnostic medical laboratory prior to sitting the QMLT examination.   You will be required to complete the remaining time under provisional registration until you have gained two-years’ experience in an ISO 15189 accredited New Zealand diagnostic medical laboratory.