PASS BOARD EXAMS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW- (get more on FaceBook @kmlttb)

The professional transition of Medical Laboratory Science graduates is KLMLTTB’s priority, which in line with MOH’s HR plan. Medical Laboratory Science is a growing profession, thanks to the increasing appreciation of the important role of Medical Laboratory professionals in the realization of global Health Objectives on communicable and non-communicable diseases. Qualified Medical Laboratory Professionals have the knowledge and experience base needed to attain accurate diagnosis, which paves the way for successful disease prevention, management, and treatment.
Board Examination helps in making affordable, quality, and reliable testing a reality in Kenya. The Board offers Exams in six subjects;

 DT01-Microbiology,

 DT02-Clinical Chemistry,

 DT03-Haematology,

 DT04-Blood Transfusion,

 DT05- Histology, and

 DT06-Parasitology

The periodic standard examination helps to confirm that graduates are up to the task and that they are armed with the foundational experience and skill to practice and excel in an ever-dynamic healthcare environment. So, what do you need to pass Board Examination? This is our response:

1. Get Prepared

The Board offers a standardized examination that requires preparation. It has been said over and over again that failing to plan is planning to fail. The case is not different with KMLTTB examination.  Have you begun revising your course work on these six subjects?  How conversant are you with the practical aspect of each?  Will you come to the exam room with an extra pen or ruler, or do you plan to resolve all these in the last minute’s rush?

In short, get focused.

2. Observe Board Examination Rules and Regulation

Exam candidates are typically taken over KMLTTB Examination Rules and Regulation, whose breach leads to punishment. It is, therefore, crucial to attend examination rehearsals where you can access details on what is expected of you. Nonetheless, there are other provisions that cut across most examination settings. For example, exam rooms must be kept noise-free for maximum concentration. Furthermore, you are not allowed to walk into an examination room with any writing materials. All revision materials must be left out of the examination environment to pave the way for integrity and fairness. Also, be punctual. Arrive at your examination center before time and settle. Lateness is serious misconduct. Take note.

3. Avoid Disruptions

The final tip is to get as far away from disruptions as possible. In general, watch out for people who want to engage you in the course of examinations. They will put you in trouble. Also, put your mobile phone on silent or airplane mode. Mobile phones can be a nuisance especially when they keep ringing, thereby disrupting your flow of thoughts as you do your paper.
Apply these three in all examinations in the future if you want to succeed.


KMLTTB wishes to notify all applicants of the November 2019 Examination series that the Timetable is out. the Exam Timetable as follows; DAY 1 ON MONDAY 18/11/2019; Rehearsals – 8.00am – 12noon. DAY 2 TUESDAY 19/11/2019; Microbiology & Parasitology – 9.00am -11.00am. Haematology and Blood Transfusion -2.00pm – 4.00 pm. DAY 3 WEDNESDAY 20/11/2019; Clinical Chemistry and Histopathology 9.00AM – 11.00am. DAY 4 THURSDAY 22/11/2019; Practical – 10.00am – 14.00 pm. DAY 5 FRIDAY 22/06/2018; Orals – 9.00am. To get live updates, follow our Facebook Page  @kmlttb.


KMLTTB November 2019 is around the corner. Those whose applications for Board Examination were approved will be sitting exams from 18TH November to 22ND November 2019.  There are steps that candidates are expected to follow to become licensed medical laboratory practitioners in Kenya.

  You must attain particular cluster requirements to be indexed by KMLTTB as a student undertaking medical laboratory science. The second step is the successful completion of medical laboratory science training and graduation, which acts as a threshold in the selection of those qualified to do Board Examination. Passing Board examination is a prequalification for licensure, and that is why it’s very important for one to understand, with adjunct clarity, the Board Examination requirements.

KMLTTB Exam Requirements

Three categories of Board Examination Requirements exist:

  1. Pre-training requirements;
  2. Exam Application Requirements; and
  3. Exam Centre Requirements

Pre-training Requirements

KMLTTB oversees the training and practice of medical laboratory professionals. The pre-practice oversight is established through establishing contact between the Board and medical laboratory science trainees through the issuance of an Index number.   It is required of candidates to have a C- in English/Kiswahili, Chemistry, and Biology, a minimum of D+ in Physics/Mathematics, and mean grade of C- to enter certificate-level training. 

It should be noted that the Board is facing out Certificate level training and that those seeking to enter the profession will have to enroll for BSC or Diploma KMLTTB in an approved training institution.  For Diploma, one has to have a mean grade of C plain, and a C in English/Kiswahili, Chemistry, Biology, and Physics/ English.  For BSC, the requirement is a mean-grade of C+, and a C+ in English/Kiswahili, Chemistry, Biology, and Physics/ English. These requirements provide the framework for deciding the approval status of exam applications.

Exam Application Requirements

You will need to make an application for Board Examinations once you have completed your professional training.  Those applying for Board examination must include a KCSE/College Certificate, Completion Letter,  year 1-3 Transcripts for their application to be viable.  A fee of KSh. 15,000.00 applies for those booking for full-paper examination, that includes Clinical Chemistry, Microbiology, Hematology, Blood Transfusion, Histology, Parasitology, and Practical examinations.  Follow this link to see the November 2019 exam Timetable.

Exam Centre Requirements

KMLTTB sends SMS notifications to candidates on the approval status of their applications. Once that is done, candidates get informed of their exam center allocation as well as the exam timetable; both via official KMLTTB SMS. On the days of examination, candidates are required to carry their National ID, Indexing Card, and Exam payment receipt. Exam cards are issued on the first day of the in allocated exam centers.  This document summarizes the KMLTTB examination requirements.