Registry for Cyto­techno­logists

The Goal of the examination is to determine if the candidate

Has knowledge related to the criteria of malignancy for most body sites.

Has the ability to determine, with some degree of accuracy, the expected diagnostic entity.

Please note: The IAC examination is NOT a test of „screening ability“.

Has the ability to separate malignant from nonmalignant cells.

Has the ability to select those cases that should be seen by a cytopathologist from those cases that can be signed out as negative.

Prerequisites for the examination

Three (3) years of full-time experience in cytotechnology is required immediatley before the exam.

Two letters of recommendation:
1. From the current pathologist employer or supervisor
2. From a previous teacher in cytotechnology, or a leading pathologist in your community, or a member of the International Academy of Cytology

The individual must be employed as a cytotechnologist at the time they sit for the examination.

Cytotechnologists working and living in a country with a national registry for cytotechnologists (such as Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States)must have passed their national examination prior to applying for the IAC Comprehensive Cytotechnology examination.


  • Microscopes are provided for the examination
  • Please note: Each country has its own eligibility requirements for those wishing to work as a cytotechnologist. Before moving to another country it is advisable to check the eligibilityrequirements. For individuals immigrating or seeking permanent residence in the United States of America or Canada the CT(IAC) examination does not circumvent state or federal work regulations or national certification.
  • The examination fee is 90 Euro. Payment can be made on-line by credit card or paypal.
    Link to secure payment portal

CT Exam Application
1)Download application form

2) Complete form with your postal address for IAC correspondence

Attach supporting documents
Submit application to the central office by e-mail or via postal service
download application form

You can alternatively send us the application via airmail at the following address:

The International Academy of Cytology
Office of the Secretary
Massimo Bongiovanni, MD FIAC
Wilhelmstraße 24a – Hinterhaus
79098 Freiburg im Breisgau