The following is general information pertaining to the Professional Board for Medical Technology (PBMT) examinations. For more in-depth information click on the sidebar tabs to the left under EXAMINATIONS.


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Examination fees
Examination dates and centres
Application to sit examination
Closing date for examination applications
Applicant postal address
Unable to write the examination
Examination rules
Examination re-mark process
Post examination registration with the HPCSA


Board Examination Fees

South Africa

Medical Laboratory Scientist: R800.00
Closing date for applications – 31st May

Medical Technologist: R800.00
Closing date for applications – 31st May

Medical Technician: R700.00
Closing date for applications – 31st May

Laboratory Assistant: R650.00
Closing date for applications – 31st January

Remark of exam papers: R300.00


Medical Technologist: R1200.00
Closing date for applications – 31st May

Medical Technician: R1000.00
Closing date for applications – 31st May


SMLTSA Banking Details

Bank: Standard Bank – Thibault Square
Account name: SMLTSA
Branch code: 020909
Account number: 070950504


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Examination Dates 2016

Medical Laboratory Scientist
Date will be in line with the academic final assessment period
Medical Technologists 1 14 March 2016
Medical Technologists Cytology Screening 15 March 2016
Laboratory Assistants 11 April 2016
Medical Technicians –
THEORY in Immunohaematology & Cytology ONLY
1 August 2016
Medical Technologists 2 12 September 2016
Medical Technologists Cytology Screening 13 September 2016
Medical Technicians –
excl. Immunohaematology, incl. Cytology PRACTICAL
10 October 2016
Medical Technicians –
Immunohaematology PRACTICAL
Must pass the August theory paper with minimum of 50% to enter the practical examination in October. The practical examination pass mark is 50%.
12 October 2016 (Wed)
BHSc:MLS Theory 21 November 2016
BHSc:MLS Cytology Screening 22 November 2016

Examination Centres

Note that examinations will be written at the following centres only:
Cape Town | Port Elizabeth | Durban | Bloemfontein | Johannesburg | Pretoria | Windhoek | Vanderbijlpark

Candidates are responsible for their own travel and/or accommodation costs.


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General Information for Submitting Examination Applications

Please read these notes very carefully. Implementation is with immediate effect:


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Closing Date for Examination Applications

Closing date for acceptance of applications:


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Applicant Postal Address


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Unable to Write the Examination

In the event that you are unable to write the examination the following must be carefully understood:


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Examination Rules

  1. Candidates must arrive a minimum of 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. Latecomers will not be given extra time.
  2. Cell phones are not permitted into the examination room.
  3. Communication between candidates is not allowed in the examination room.
  4. Supporting material (including blank paper, books, notes and electronic equipment) is not allowed in the examination room, unless the use of particular items is expressly allowed or prescribed. Only hand held non-programmable calculators may be used.
  5. No smoking, eating or drinking is allowed in the examination room.
  6. The front cover of each answer book must be fully completed.
  7. Candidates’ names are expressly prohibited from being written anywhere on any of the books.
  8. All the instructions on the examination paper must be read and followed.
  9. Candidates are not allowed to leave the examination room within the first 45 minutes of the examination session.
  10. Parts of answer books may not be removed.
  11. All answer books must be handed to the invigilator before leaving the examination room. Under no circumstances will books be accepted after the candidate has left the room.
  12. If more than one answer book is used, the front page of the second and further books must be fully completed and placed inside the cover of the first when handing in.
  13. Any candidate causing a disturbance or disrupting the examination will be disqualified, and then asked to leave the examination room.
  14. The following disciplinary steps will be taken in the event of rule transgression:
    • If a candidate is caught doing anything irregular, their examination script will be taken away immediately and the time entered on the front cover. He/she will be issued with another answer book and the time recorded and signed by the invigilator. All relevant evidence will be handed in with the examination script removed from the candidate.
    • If the candidate persists in committing a violation his/her examination script will be taken from them and he/she will be asked to leave the examination room.
    • The invigilator and the candidate must both complete a written declaration and a suspected malpractice report form which will be handed in with the examination script/s in question to the SMLTSA administration office.


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Examination Re-mark Process

Should a candidate feel that the final examination mark does not accurately reflect the expected outcome, they may apply to the office for a re-mark of their examination papers. Payment of R300 must be made to the SMLTSA account. A written request must be submitted to the SMLTSA office, either postal or via electronic mail, to request a remark quoting the examination number and providing proof of payment.

Requests for re-marks must be submitted WITHIN ONE MONTH of the date of issue of the final results.


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Post Examination Registration with the HPCSA

On successful completion of the PBMT examination, it is the responsibility of the candidate to register with the HPCSA as a qualified practitioner in the relevant category and discipline in order to legally practice in South Africa.


Registration fees are payable to:

HPCSA Banking Details

Bank: ABSA – Arcadia
Branch code: 632005
Account number: 0610000169 (other monies)
Account type: Cheque Account

Include your HPCSA student/intern registration number as reference


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