Registered Laboratory Animal Technician

The Registered Laboratory Animal Technician (RLAT) is comprised of a written and oral/practical examination.

RLAT Application Requirements

A diploma in a 2 or 3 year Animal Health Technology or Veterinary Technician (CALAS/ACSAL approved) Program or completion of a related university degree and a minimum of 12 months full-time employment or a minimum of 1500 hours at time of application (October 1st) in the laboratory animal science field or completion of the 3 ARLAT modules and a total of 5 years or 7500 hours of work experience in the laboratory animal science field.

Documentation Required by CALAS/ACSAL

A diploma in Animal Health Technology or Veterinary Technician Program or degree in a related field and Résumé You will be required to submit all relevant certifications, degrees and schools you have attended

About the exam

Multiple Choice Exam
• 100 single answer multiple choice questions each worth one mark.
• The total time allotted is 2.5 hours
• Exam takes place Mid-April
• Passing mark is 75%

Oral/Practical Exam
• Only candidates that were successful in the multiple choice take the oral exam
• The oral exam takes place in June
• Passing mark is 65%

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 (http://www.ccac.ca/en_/standards/guidelines ) for routine husbandry, procedures, and euthanasia of fish, will improve your chances for success.


CALAS/ACSAL National Office: PO Box 20507 - 2901 Sheppard Avenue East Toronto, ON M1T 3V5
Tel.:416-593-0268 | Fax: 416-979-1819 | Email: office@calas-acsal.org