With the launch of the new website, applications for Certification Exams will open in the middle of September, with the deadline being October 31st, 2018! Make sure to keep an eye out for updates!


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. 
  • Candidates pursuing the RLAT, Provisional or RMLAT examinations - the certifications committee is moving towards a reading list for the 2019 examination cycle. A study guide will be provided as part of your exam package, however the training manual will be discontinued. 



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

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