The course is designed to train colleagues in Low and Middle Income Countries who would like to care for screen positive women and women with precancerous cervical disease. The course is in modular form and it’s components are:

  • A theoretical component delivered in the form of approximately 30 topics which are available on line.
  • 30 directly supervised cases (half new cases, 10 high grade).
  • 70 indirectly supervised cases (half new cases, 10 high grade).
  • A log book of expected competencies which the trainee needs to achieve.
  • Each nominated course trainer will have attended a Train the Trainers seminar and will have sufficient case throughput and time to undertake the training and assessment required. The list of available trainers is available here.
  • Each nominated course trainer will sign off the log books and competency form.
  • An Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) will be organised for trainees who have satisfactorily completed the above components and been signed off by their trainers.
  • Successful examination candidates will receive an IFCPC-IARC certificate of course completion. (images, details).
  • Topics will normally include a short quiz as well as a downloadable case study.
  • A practical hands on clinic attendance is mandatory at some time during the year whereby the trainee will manage.

Once you have successfully registered for the course, within 4 days you will receive an email to allow you to enroll in the E-learning platform which hosts the course.

1. What you may expect to learn

  1. The full spectrum of required theoretical knowledge relating to the management of women with suspected cervical precancer
  2. How to manage women in the colposcopy clinic by performing colposcopic examinations and interviews with 100 women (30 under direct supervision and 70 indirectly)

2. What you will be required to do

  1. Listen to one of 28+ lectures approximately once a week for 6 months
  2. Answer the Q and A at the end of the weekly lecture and submit your answers on line
  3. Print out your document file (see side panel)
    1. Log books
    2. Competenceies list

3. What you will have to provide to your trainer

  1. Bring your log book and competency forms with you to your trainer at each visit to the clinic for him/her to sign off (each case and each competency).

4. How will you be assessed

  1. Assessment of your log book by your clinic trainer
  2. Assessment of the submitted and completed log books online to the course coordinator.
  3. By satisfying the examiners at an end of course OSCE

5. What you need to do before applying for registration on the course

  1. Review the list of clinical trainers and contact the one most suitable for you (geographic proximity) to confirm his/her availability to oversee your hands-on training.

We welcome interest from experienced colposcopists who would like to become trainers on this course. There are a few routine requirements to becoming a trainer and these are

  • That you fill out the attached questionnaire and send it to the course coordinator [email protected]
  • You have sufficient cases with the spectrum of cervical disease to be able to take on one or more trainees
  • You are able to undertake either an online & webinar or face to face ‘Training the Trainers’ seminar before taking on trainees. Where appropriate and feasible the course coordinator will arrange for a ‘Training the Trainers’ seminar in your region.


1 Introduction Walter Prendiville
2 The Equipment Walter Prendiville
3 Physiology & Colposcopy of Normal and Abnormal Cervical Epithelium Giovanni Miniello
4 Systematic colposcopic examination Walter Prendiville
5 Colposcopy exam of the normal cervix Patrick Walker
6 Abnormal findings at colposcopy Jim Bentley
7 Colposcopic nomenclature and useful scoring systems Bjorn Strander
8 VAIN, VIN John Tidy
9 Basics of Cervical Cytology Parts 1 & 2 Dr Sylla Malvi
10 Visual Inspection screening techniques (VIA) Parts 1 & 2 Partha Basu
11 The LAST Project: Polishing the Gold Standard Teresa Darragh
12 The Biology of Human Papilloma Virus cervical infection John Doorbar
13 Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Cervical Intraepith Neerja Bhatla
14 The management of minor grade abnormalities Grainne Flannelly
15 Difficult Colposcopic Circumstances and Physiological Variations T Freeman-Wang
16 Treatment of CIN 1 : excision Walter Prendiville
17 Electrosurgical excision Introduction LLETZ 1 Walter Prendiville
18 The physics of electrosurgery LLETZ 2 Gail Billings
19 Electrosurgical excision LLETZ 3 – avoiding injury Walter Prendiville
20 Electrosurgical Excision LLETZ 4 – simulation exercises Walter Prendiville
21 LLETZ – problem solving Partha Basu
22 Excision, morbidity and safety Walter Prendiville
23 Treatment of CIN 2: Ablation Wendy McMullen
24 Follow up after treatment Pierre Martin-Hirsch
25 Microinvasive disease Adeola Olaitan
26 Treatment of invasive cancer Partha Basu
27 Screening initiatives in the developing world Partha Basu
28 Global Perspective on HPV Immunisation and Cervical Cancer Prevention M. Cruickshank
29 HPV vaccination in Australia, a success story Julia Brotherton
30 Self sampling, the Malaysian experience Woo Yin Ling


For online course related matters, please contact [email protected]


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