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Registry for Cytotechnologists

For more than 35 years, the International Academy of Cytology has administered examinations for cytotechnologists around the world.  As of September 2021, more than 13,000 cytotechnologists have successfully passed the IAC Comprehensive Cytotechnology Examination obtaining the title CT(IAC). Cytotechnologists from over 65 countries have taken the examination.

During a limited time period (1993 - 2002) an examination restricted to gynecologic cytology only was administered (CT(IAC-GYN)) which is no longer available.

What are the goals of the CT(IAC) examination?

To determine if the candidate:

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

Has the ability to separate malignant from nonmalignant cells.

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

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

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


Examination Location and Schedule/Application and Deadline Dates

Microscopes are provided for the examination.

The examination is given in several locations around the world.
Office of the Registrar-Examination Schedule

The schedule contains the date, place of the examination.  The deadline dates for receipt of the completed application form in the Office of the Registrar is listed on the schedule.

Prerequisites for the examination

  • The examination encompasses all fields of diagnostic cytology and three (3) years of full-time experience in cytotechnology is required immediately prior to taking the examination.
  • The individual must be employed as a cytotechnologist at the time he/she sits for the examination
  • Two letters of recommendation:
    • One from the current pathologist employer or supervisor.
    • One from a previous teacher in cytotechnology, or a leading pathologist in your community, ormember of the International Academy of Cytology
  • 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.

  • 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 eligibility requirements.

    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.

    pdf buttonTHE APPLICATION FORM is a PDF. The form can be downloaded and completed by hand or can be completed at a computer. The completed form and accompanying documentation should sent to the address below by airmail or as e-mail attachement.

    Information about on-line payment of the examination fee.

    We recommend you keep a copy for your records. Please do not send any original documents. 

    Office of the IAC Secretary-Treasurer
    Fernando Schmitt, MD, PhD, FIAC
    Wilhelmstr. 24a, Hinterhaus
    79098 Freiburg

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