he ACCMLSW Board have recognised that recording of continuing professional development activities (CPD) is something medical laboratory staff have not been required to do in the past and as a result, a number of people wishing to apply for certification are unable to provide the records to meet the CPD requirements for full certification.
In addition, staff who leave the workforce for a period may not have the opportunity to continue CPD and will again fall short of the requirement for certification upon returning to the profession.
To address this, the Board have initiated a new status of Provisional Certification. Like the Conditional Certification for new graduates, there is no need to meet the CPD requirement to apply, however the remaining minimum standards of experience, demonstrated competency and qualifications must be met at the time of application. Those applying for provisional certification need to commit to completing the minimum CPD over the period of their provisional certification to progress to full certification. There will be no option to extend provisional certification beyond one 2 year cycle.
Previous fully certified practitioners who have taken a career break would also be provisionally certified upon their return to work until they are able to demonstrate they have met the CPD requirements.
The professional bodies who make up the ACCMLSW are committed to meeting the needs of the medical laboratory workforce and employers whilst maintaining the standards expected of a certification scheme.
To apply visit www.accmlsw.org.au/Apply