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Cervical Smear Takers Theory Course


1 Year, Part-Time

The ICGP is currently reviewing all courses to determine how and when we will be able to run them. It is highly likely that we will be making significant changes to existing courses as well as incorporating new ones; not all courses will run this autumn. Existing courses that are practical in nature will most likely be put on hold until we can determine how to run them safely.  

All information on courses will be made available as soon as details are confirmed. 

How to Register

  • Send in the registration / supervision agreement form
  • If you are new to the ICGP you will need to create your ICGP login and password
  • Once your form has been received and your ICGP account created you will be registered on the course 
  • PLEASE NOTE: You may not register online under any other ICGP account other than your own
  • Practice Nurses who are being supervised by an ICGP member can avail of the member rate. This will be confirmed upon receipt of the registration / supervision agreement form.
Please note, we must receive your completed and signed application form, ICGP account creation, and payment in full in order to confirm your place.  If you are new to the ICGP please click the login button and select NEW TO ICGP to create your online USER ID and PASSWORD.

This course is designed to support and equip primary healthcare professionals to acquire the knowledge necessary to carry out effective cervical smear screening. The theory course is completed over 12 weeks and is delivered through elearning. The course requires a time commitment of approximately 6 hours per week.

Course principal: Cervical Check
Course administrator: Jana Pickard, email:

Entry requirements

This course is open to healthcare professionals working within a primary healthcare setting. This course is run in collaboration with CervicalCheck, the Irish National Screening Programme. In order to secure space on the course please post in your completed registration form along with payment to the ICGP, 4/5 Lincoln Place, Dublin 2.  We are unable to save places for those who submit incomplete forms or those received without payment. 

Please note: this is on online eLearning course.  You must be proficient in Microsoft Word and have basic computing/internet skills in order to participate on this course successfully.  

Clinical skills component consists of:

  • Attendance at a one‐day clinical skills workshop
  • A CervicalCheck appointed clinical trainer is assigned to each participant to support the clinical aspects of training in the participants own clinical setting
  • Best Practice in Smeartaking is modelled by the appointed clinical trainer who then supervises the taking of an average of three to four smears at the initial visit
  • The clinical trainer provides support during the training period as needed
  • Clinical assessment
  • Submission of an audit of a minimum number of satisfactory training smears for the quality analysis
  • Assessment of client feedback


The theory portion of the course consists of 6 online eLearning Modules, each with a quiz, and 1 written assessment to be completed within 12 weeks.

Application form

Click here for the Smeartaker Training - Registration Form & Supervision Agreement.

Related Documents

 Smeartakers Training Registration form 2019.2020 (Smeartakers_Training_Registration_form_2019.2020.pdf | 523 KB)