The deadline for all exam application is October 31st, 2018!


Please note that online applications must be completed once started, including an upload of ALL supporting documents. If any information or documents are missing from your application you will be denied entry into the certification process and will need to wait until the next exam cycle to apply. 

Effective for the 2019 Exam Cycle:

  • The ARLAT-Administrative program will no longer be offered.
  • Candidates who wish to pursue the ARLAT Module Program can complete the three modules together in an accelerated program, or one exam each year. The ARLAT 1,2 and the ARLAT 2,3 programs will no longer be offered. 
  • Members involved with CALAS certification in the last two years are aware that study material and exams are evolving.  The goal is to update study materials to be relevant to current research needs and promote best practice.  Research needs and what is best practice are evolving at increased rates as science and technology are advancing even faster.  It is difficult for CALAS to maintain a current and relevant written manual.  For these reasons, the organization will be transitioning to providing core competencies and a reading list as study material for exam candidates.  The exam will also be reviewed and portions will be revised to ensure it matches the core competencies and reading list.  This is not an easy or quickly completed endeavor, especially for a volunteer-based organization.  
    The 2018/19 exam cycle is a transition year focusing on updating the RLAT certification stream.  The CALAS manual will still be part of the study materials and questions related to that material will still be part of the written and oral exam.  The new core competencies and reading list will also be available to candidates.  We do not anticipate on being able to cover all topics with the reading list this year as papers need to be reviewed, sources finalized, and questions created from them by individual volunteers.  Then that content is reviewed and approved by a committee.  Where information is covered on the reading list and by the manuals, candidates should consider the reading list as current material that supersedes the CALAS Manual.   The Education Committee and Certifications Committee will work to update as much of the exam as they can this year.  However, a completely updated exam will not be in place for this exam cycle.  Volunteer efforts will focus on areas where the manual and exam content is outdated or erroneous.  The National Office will notify candidates in the 2018/2018 exam cycle if particular areas of the CALAS manual are not required for study. 
    Also in transition is the CALAS website, which members use to apply for Certification exams.  The process will be the same this year.  Please read the web material carefully!  The application date has been extended this year due to the tremendous amount of change occurring.  This will allow members plenty of time to take in the new material and work through any new processes.  
    An additional communique will be released to answer questions and provide regular updates to the membership in the coming months.  



The CALAS/ACSAL Certifications Committee, through the examination process, enables technicians working in a variety of laboratory animal settings opportunity to become registered with a national standard at one or more of the following levels of registration:

ARLAT: Associate Registered Laboratory Animal Technician This level is for those working in a laboratory animal setting who do not have an animal science related education but would like to develop this knowledge.

Click here to find out about the ARLAT Exam Process

RLAT: Registered Laboratory Animal Technician This level is for those who hold a diploma from a CALAS/ACSAL approved program in the study of Animal Health/Veterinary Technology or a university degree in an animal science /life science related field of study.

Click here to find out about the RLAT Exam Process

RMLAT: Registered Master Laboratory Animal Technician This level is for those who have a minimum 5 years laboratory animal experience post RLAT certification. The RMLAT is aimed at the supervisory and management level.

Click here to find out about the RMLAT Exam Process

Provisional/RLAT Exam The provisional exam is for candidates that are students in their last year of college, have graduated from college or have completed a related university degree. They take the written exam only and once they have enough hours in the field, they can apply to take the oral exam and achieve their RLAT. 

Click here to find out about the Provisional/RLAT Oral Exam

CALAS/ACSAL National Office: PO Box 20507 - 2901 Sheppard Avenue East Toronto, ON M1T 3V5
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