Proposed New Zealand micro-credential in conducting cervical screening (Level 6, 10 credits) and revision to Consent and Moderation Requirements 7

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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.

A registered health professional who successfully completes this micro-credential will be able to support two screening test options – 1) a HPV vaginal swab test completed by or administered to a participant, and 2) taking a liquid-based cytology sample from a participant that is then tested for HPV.


Toitū te Waiora (TTW) was approached by EIT | Te Pūkenga in September 2023 to enquire whether the WDC would consider re-packaging their existing cervical screening training scheme into a national micro-credential. Following discussion, TTW agreed to list a national micro-credential.

NZQA no longer accept applications for new training schemes, or changes to existing training schemes, and therefore this proposed micro-credential aims to replace – over time – five NZQA-approved cervical screening training schemes.

Earlier in 2023, TTW reviewed unit standard 29556 (Version 3) in response to a request from the National Cervical Screening Programme (NCSP). Changes to the unit standard reflected the NCSP’s move over to HPV Primary Screening in 2023. Version 4 of the unit standard was published by NZQA on 25 May 2023. This micro-credential will use unit standard 29556 (Version 4) for learner assessment.

TTW consulted with the NCSP in November/December 2023 regarding the national micro-credential award, and the proposed micro-credential is now published on the TTW website for public consultation.

The proposed micro-credential

The proposed micro-credential has been written in reference to the NCSP / Te Whatu Ora publication ‘Competencies for Cervical Screening Education and Training’ (Version 3.0 – 20 September 2023), linked here.

Version 4 of unit standard 29556 is linked here.

We welcome feedback any interested parties regarding:

  • The scope of this micro-credential.
  • Any inaccurate or missing content.
  • Any other comments or observations you might have regarding it.

Please click here to open the proposed micro-credential document link.

CMR 7: Consent and Moderation Requirements for NZQA Cervical Screening (Version 7 Draft)

TTW has edited the Consent and Moderation Requirements document for NZQA Cervical Screening to reflect changes in assessment for unit standard 29556 (Conduct Cervical Screening) published in 2023.

We would appreciate any comment on the proposed changes to Criterion 3 of the CMR, which involve 1) updated links to NCSP resources published in 2023, and 2) some minor changes to punctuation.

If you would like to provide any feedback, please email us at [email protected] by 5pm on 30 January 2024.

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