Applying for the examination
Notice: If you are applying at short notice then please send your application as e-mail attachment and do not rely on courier or postal services as the customs authorities in Germany sometimes hold mail for several days.
The examination may be given in Dutch, English, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish.
The examination encompasses all fields of diagnostic cytology (not only gynecologic cytology, but also respiratory, peritoneal, urinary and FNA cytology), lasts around four hours and is given in three parts:
- Microscopic slide examination testing two levels of decision-making ability. (All glass-slides are Papanicolaou stained).
- Multiple-choice test on projected visual images.
- Multiple-choice test on general knowledge in cytophysiology and cytopathology.
Cytotechnologists working and living in a country in which a national registry for cytotechnologists exists (such as Australia, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States of America) must have passed the national examination prior to applying for the IAC Comprehensive Cytotechnology examination for cytotechnologists. For German candidates a copy of the "Zertifikat" from "Die Deutsche Gesellschaft Für Zytologie" is required.
Please note: Each country has its own eligibility requirements for those who wish to work as a cytotechnologist.
Currently the examination fee is one hundred (100) US Dollars, which may be payed by credit card or on-line. Payment in Euro (80) can also be accepted. See last page of application form. Link to on-line payment
The fee is subject to change without prior notice. If the application is not approved, the fee will be refunded. No refund will be made, however, if the candidate is approved, but does not appear at the examination site.
A fee of twenty dollars (US$20) is charged for rescheduling your examination date. The Central Office must be notified if you are unable to attend.
The completed application form and all necessary documentation should be sent to:
Fernando Schmitt, MD, PhD, FIAC
International Academy of Cytology
Maintaining the CT(IAC) title
In order to maintain the CT(IAC) status 180 continuing education credits are required for every four-year period from the year of the examination. Participation in the continuing education program is mandatory. Renewal form and further information is available at the IAC website. (www.cytology-iac.org/ctrenewalinformation)