How do I become a Clinical Chemist?
There are several routes to becoming a Clinical Chemist in Canada. The most common is first to obtain a Ph.D. in a branch of chemistry or life science (often biochemistry or physiology) and then to enter a two-year Postdoctoral Training Program in Clinical Chemistry (one centre has a 3-year program). Such programs, available at 6 universities in Canada are directed toward acquiring professional competence as well as a small research complement.
Professional competence is assessed through written and oral examinations set and supervised by the Canadian Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (CACB), a body within the Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists (CSCC). A Specialty Certificate is awarded following successful completion of the examinations.
If you have a university degree from a university outside Canada or the USA, and need your credentials assess and recognized for one of these programs, please consult the Government of Canada Foreign Credentials Referred Office (1-888-854-1805).
For more detailed information on the examination process, go to the Fellowship page, which includes the Syllabus (English and French versions), and copies of recent examinations.