Cervical Smear Takers Theory Course

Upcoming Dates

15 November 2019 (Athlone)
Register Online


12 Weeks, Part-Time


Member – €550
Non-Member – €650

Next course: 15th November 2019 - Athlone

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.  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: 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. 

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 3 written assessments over 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)


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