In Nigeria, the field of microbiology continues to grow and expand, presenting exciting opportunities for those interested in pursuing a career in this field.
One important aspect of working as a microbiologist in Nigeria is obtaining the necessary license to practice.
This license is crucial for ensuring that individuals working in this field have the appropriate education and training, as well as the necessary skills and knowledge to carry out their work effectively and safely.
In this article, we will explore the process of obtaining a license for microbiologists in Nigeria, including the requirements, benefits, and challenges involved.
License for microbiologist in Nigeria
As a microbiologist in Nigeria, it is important to understand the legal framework surrounding your profession, particularly when it comes to licensing.
Licensing is important because it helps to regulate microbiologists because they play a crucial role in healthcare and environmental management.
There have been calls from the microbiology community in Nigeria to the Federal Government to license those who do a four (4) year full study of microbiology.
Because currently in Nigeria, the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) is responsible for regulating and licensing medical laboratory scientists, including microbiologists who graduated from MLS.
The MLSCN was established by the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria Act 11, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2003.
To become a licensed microbiologist in Nigeria, you must have a degree or diploma from a recognized institution in Medical Laboratory Science.
You must then apply to the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria for licensing. The MLSCN conducts an examination to assess your knowledge and skills in the field of microbiology.
Microbiology Council of Nigeria
Due to the calls from the microbiology community in Nigeria to the Federal Government to license those who do a four (4) year full study of microbiology.
The House of Senate passed a bill for an act to establish the Microbiology Council of Nigeria to provide for the control of its membership and to promote and foster the practice of microbiology in the federation and for other matters connected therewith, 2022.
The bill passed the first reading on Tuesday 5th November 2019, it passed the second reading on Wednesday 6th October 2021. The bill also passed the third reading and passage on 23rd November 2022.
Last Updated on July 8, 2023 by Our Editorial Team