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.  

Important Dates

The following are important deadlines for anyone considering taking an exam. Please note that all dates are subject to change.  Updates will be made on this site as changes need to occur.  Candidates are encouraged to double check this site at least two weeks before any milestone date in their exam process.

Travel to an examination site is the responsibility of the candidate.  All efforts will be made by the organisation to connect candidates with examination sites as close to them as possible. No extensions are provided without medical reasons and documentation. 

October 31, 2018

All exam applications must be submitted online by October 31st, 2018.

November 30, 2018

All applicants notified of their application status (accepted/rejected) and all study materials will be sent.

December 14, 2018

Last date for candidates to withdraw applications. A $31.00 (+HST) withdrawal fee will be charged. No refunds will be made after this date.







2019 Certification Exam Dates


April 3, 2019    Take home exam due

May 3, 2019     Notified of results



April 3, 2019    Proctored written exam

May 3, 2019     Notified of Results



April 3, 2019    Written exam

May 3, 2019     Notified of Results

June 2019       Oral/Practical Exam *NOTE: handling of mice and rats on oral exam is mandatory


ARLAT Accelerated Program

Jan. 25, 2019 ARLAT 1 Take home exam due

Feb. 6, 2019 ARLAT 2 Proctored written exam

Mar 8, 2019     Notified of Results for both ARLAT 1 & 2 exams

April 3, 2019    ARLAT 3 written exam

May 3, 2019     Notified of results

June 2019       Oral/Practical Exam *NOTE: handling of mice and rats on oral exam is mandatory




April 3, 2019    Written exam

May 4, 2019     Notified of results       

June 2019       Oral/Practical Exam *NOTE: handling of mice, rats and aquatic species on oral exam is mandatory




Feb. 7, 2019 Written exam

Mar 9, 2019     Notified of Results

April 27, 2019  Paper due

Symposium     Oral exam



Please note that the practical exam material has been updated to replace rabbit handling with aquatic species content.  The oral portion of the exam will still contain material concerning rabbits, in addition to aquatic species. Review of the information package that you received at the time you were accepted into the program, along with the current CCAC Guidelines ( ) for routine husbandry, procedures, and euthanasia of fish, will improve your chances for success.

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