Conduct Cervical Screening Micro-credential approved

Toitū te Waiora is pleased to announce that NZQA has approved the Conduct Cervical Screening micro-credential (Level 6, 10 credits).  

The purpose of this micro-credential is to support a registered health professional in attaining competency in Human Papillomavirus (HPV) cervical screening, and thereafter to act as an accredited cervical sample taker. 

The micro-credential will replace five NZQA-approved cervical screening training schemes with a national micro-credential award.
In Aotearoa, a person taking cervical screening specimens has a legislated responsibility in accordance with Part 4A of the Health Act 1956. This responsibility means cervical screening tests must be requested by a ‘responsible clinician’ who is an accredited cervical sample taker or has cervical sample taking in their scope of practice, such as a GP or midwife.  

This micro-credential will prepare those registered health practitioners to become qualified as a ‘responsible clinician’ with the knowledge and skills to conduct cervical screening. 

We’re pleased that on successful completion learners will have both a theoretical and practical knowledge to demonstrate competencies required for cervical sample takers under the National Cervical Screening Programme. 

More details on the micro-credential can be found on the NZQA website