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Cervical Smear Takers Theory Course

Upcoming Dates

11 October 2021 (Other)


13 Weeks, Part-Time


Member – €550
Non-Member – €650

Next Course Dates

11th October 2021 - This course is now full, we are no longer accepting bookings. 

This course is run annually in collaboration with 
CervicalCheck, the Irish National Screening Programme. Please note, we are unable reserve or offer pre-registration for future courses.  

Who is this course for?

This course is open to healthcare professionals working within a primary healthcare setting. It 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. A time commitment of approximately 6 hours per week is required.

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

View the Cervical Screening Education Prospectus 2021-2022.  

Course principal: Cervical Check
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Clinical skills component consists of:

  • Attendance at a one‐day clinical skills workshop via Zoom. 
  • 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.