Cervical Smear Takers Theory Course

Upcoming Dates

16 November 2018 (Athlone)


12 Weeks, Part-Time


Member – €550
Non-Member – €650

16th November 2018 - Course is NOW FULL. No further spaces remain.

Next course: 1st March 2019 - Dublin

Please click here for the registration form / supervision agreement which must be signed by your clinically responsible GP. 

  • Please note, we must receive your completed and signed application form, online registration, and payment in full in order to confirm your place. To register online please click the button on the right.  Your registration for this course will not be complete until the above requirements are met.
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: jana.pickard@icgp.ie

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.

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 3 written assessments over 12 weeks.

Application form

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

Course Content

  • Assignments
    • Smear Course Assignment 1
    • Smear Course Assignment 2
    • Smear Course Assignment 3
  • Topics
    • Smear Takers Guide and Handbook
    • Topic 01. Cervical Cancer
    • Topic 02. Cervical Cancer Screening
    • Topic 03. Cervical Check
    • Topic 04. Taking a Quality Smear
    • Topic 05. Women and Cervical Screening
    • Topic 06. Results Management

Related Documents

 Training Registration form and Supervision Agreement New Dates (Training_Registration_form_and_Supervision_Agreement_New_Dates__2_.pdf | 526 KB)
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