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

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