Cervical Smear Taking nurse talking to patient

Cervical Screening


Course details

  • Jul 2022
    Feb 2023
  • One year, includes four full workshop days, 8.30am-5.00pm
  • Part-time
  • $1,006*
  • Level 7
  • Available for International Students. International Fee Guideline
  • Hamilton City Campus

Workshop dates

Semester 1 2022 workshop dates: 10-11 February and 10-11 March 2022.
Semester 2 2022 workshop dates: 7-8 July and 4-5 August 2022.


This course is designed to give health professionals up-to-date knowledge and skills in order to develop the confidence to become Cervical Smear Takers, conforming to the National Standards for competency. It is expected that you will make a commitment to uphold the policy and protocols of the National Cervical Screening Programme and the Register.

There is a lot of interest in the course, and priority will be given to those who are presently in a position to take cervical smears in the Midland region (eg General Practice) or intend reaching priority group women ie women 30 years of age who has never had a smear.

Programme content

You will study:

  • Women's health
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Cytology
  • Communications
  • Cultural issues
  • Follow-up and referral
  • Women's sexuality
  • Legal / Ethical issues and education
  • National Cervical Screening Programme and Register
  • Client assessment and history taking
  • Smear taking

The programme will involve 2 two day blocks of theory training and a practical component. You are required to undertake a series of smears to ensure that you can achieve competent practice. You will achieve certification after completing 30 smears and demonstrating the necessary competency skills as described in the National Cervical Screening Programme's Standards of Practice.

To enrol

In the enclosed pack you will find information and the necessary forms for you to complete your application. Please include the following when you return your application to Wintec:

  • A verified copy of current annual practising certificate
  • A letter of support from your employer and / or supervising smear taker
  • Completed supervision agreement
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance Form
  • A copy of your Birth Certificate / Current Passport
  • Wintec Application Form

Please return your forms as soon as possible indicating which course you are interested in, to:

Centre for Health and Social Practice Consultant
Student Enrolment and Information Centre
Private Bag 3036
Hamilton 3240

Please do not include money with these forms. Please note: Definition of a verified Copy of your Practising Certificate. You need to get a photocopy of all parts of the original document. Take both the original and the photocopy to a person who can state that the copy is a true one - people who hold positions of authority in the community can sign for you. These include Justices of the Peace (JP's), Members of Parliament, Lawyers, School Principals and Institute staff and School of Health staff.

Ask the person in authority to compare your photocopy with the original document. When they are satisfied that the copy is a true one, they write on the photocopy "This is a true copy of the original document which I have sighted". The person must also sign and date their statement. If they have an official stamp of office, then this should also be put on the photocopy. We cannot accept faxes of verified documents.



Entry criteria

  • Applicants must hold a New Zealand Health qualification and a practising certificate. They will also need to have professional/personal indemnity insurance.
  • Applicants will need to be able to provide proof of available support and supervision by an accredited smear taker for the practical component of the training. They will also need to show that they are able to access priority groups of women to meet the annual certification requirements of 30 smears per year.


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To check what you need to gain entry to a course, review the entry criteria available on each programme page. These assist you in understanding what qualifications or experience are typically required to gain entry. You can contact our team at info@wintec.ac.nz or 0800 2 Wintec at any time for further guidance.

Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.

Welcome information will be emailed to you approximately 2–4 weeks before the first workshop day or the start of your online course.

Please also read the information below for details about your first day.

What you will need

Please bring a pen and some paper, and a laptop (not compulsory).

We require you to have access to Microsoft 365, Windows Media Player, Adobe Acrobat Reader, antivirus software, and access to the internet. Additionally, the Pharmacology module, Scopia, is required.

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking and find out about discounted bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri, your official welcome to Wintec

Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course-related costs

Additional information


Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

    New Zealand-based suppliers

    General book suppliers

    First aid certificate

    Health status



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