Upskilling Pathway

The purpose of the cervical screening course is to deliver knowledgeable and appropriately skilled cervical screening providers capable of enhancing the delivery of the National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP) to Australian women.

Course overview

True provides a pathway for upskilling of knowledge and skills in cervical screening for those health professionals who have previously been trained and worked independently in providing cervical screening/ pap smear services. This option is intended for those clinicians who have not performed cervical screening for some time and are required to undertake re-training and update before re-introducing this service into their scope of practice.


To be eligible for the upskilling pathway, evidence of prior training or pap smear authorisation is required in order to be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning for the novice component of this course. If it has been more than 5 years since performing cervical screening services, you will need to discuss your individual case for RPL with the Nurse Manager of Clinical Education. Please contact via

Who should attend?

Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Registered Midwives, Enrolled Nurses, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health workers with prior cervical screening qualifications.


  • Must work in a setting where cervical screening services are provided; AND
    • Certificate of completion - cervical screening / Pap smear training course; OR
    • Queensland PSR (Pap Smear Register) Authorisation Certificate (or equivalent)


This course comprises of 3 modules:

Module 1 – Theory component

1.5 days with prior *pre-reading online (approx. 6 hours) provided. On Day 2, a practical, hands-on session with clinical teaching associates providing direction from the patient perspective.

* Estimated 6 hours online work completed / reviewed within 6 weeks of course date.

Module 2 – Assessment component

Online assessment comprises of a multiple-choice questionnaire. This online assessment is an open book assessment. The online assessment is required to be completed with an 80% pass prior to commencing Module 3.

Module 3 – Practical component

Following successful completion of Modules 1 & 2, candidates may register for the practical component. Download and complete the Employer’s Endorsement form to upload during registration. A clinical portfolio is provided to record all training. A minimum of 5 cervical screens is required for competency. This component can be completed in one of the following ways:

  • Workplace Training Facilitation – All 5 cervical screens achieved with an *Endorsed Clinical Supervisor in own workplace ($100)
  • True Trainer in Workplace – A True trainer provided training within own workplace (quote on application)
  • True Clinic & Workplace – Training in 5 cervical screens in a True Clinic ($550). This option is subject to very limited availability only and is not available at all times and therefore cannot be relied upon for completion of training requirements.

*An Endorsed Clinical Supervisor is approved by True for suitability to supervise. Click here to download Application for Clinical Supervisor Endorsement – Cervical Screening. This application may be submitted for approval after registration and prior to commencing any practical training in the work place.

Course Outcomes

The aim of this course is to provide an opportunity for health professionals to develop cervical screening practice knowledge and skills. Successful completion of the clinical attachment will allow the non-medical candidates to be eligible to apply to their employers to become an authorised non-medical cervical screening provider in their workplace.

Please note: Candidates are to ensure cervical screening is within their scope of practice.


Cost - Module 1 & 2: $600 (includes GST)
(Novice - $950 - Module 1 & 2)
Class Size 16
Delivery Method Blended - online & face-to-face workshop
Pre-reading Online - ~6 hours
Duration 1.5 Days
Friday, 22 - Saturday, 23 March 2019
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Friday, 3 - Saturday, 4 May 2019
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Friday, 20 - Saturday, 21 September 2019
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Friday, 25 - Saturday, 26 October 2019
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Friday, 6 - Saturday, 7 December 2019
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Catering Light lunch and refreshments