Genetic Technologist Training in Cytogenetics
This National Training Programme for Genetic
Technologists (GTs) in Cytogenetics has been devised by
the ACC Education and Training Committee (ETC) in
collaboration with the CMGS Training Accreditation Board
The training programme has been devised in support
of the application by the Associated Genetic
Technologists Committee (AGTC) for registration with the
Health Professions Council (HPC). In view of the
joint application of both Cytogenetics and Molecular
Genetics under the auspices of the AGTC, this training
programme has been devised jointly by ACC ETC and CMGS
TAB and will provide a common fundamental training
structure in both professions.
The training programme is a 3 year competence-based
modular programme with a focus on technical functions
within cytogenetics. Each module has a set of required
competences and ends with an internal assessment.
Completion of the training programme requires a final
The training programme has been ratified by the ACC ETC
and ACC Council and will become active on the 1st
In order to register trainees on the National GT
Training Programme each laboratory must complete an
accreditation application form and submit for approval
by the ACC ETC. This application can be made
before 1st January 2009.
GT Training Documents: Release versions of all documents
for the new training programme are listed below.
Note. The ETC training password will be required
to access the files (please email
if you do not have the
What follows is a brief explanatory summary of the
Key training documents
GT Training Programme Outline.
This document is common to cytogenetics and molecular
genetics and describes the basic structure of the
training programme, common to both professions.
Cytogenetics GT Training
This document describes how the training programme
should be applied in Cytogenetics and lists the modules
- Cytogenetics modules
Each of the modules represents a set of competences
(primarily technical), based around a discrete area of
This document is the only compulsory module and also
applies to molecular genetics trainees.
Blood sample processing
Amniotic Fluid sample processing
Solid Tissue sample processing
Chorion Villus sample processing
Constitutional FISH (processing and analysis)
Constitutional G-banded analysis
Haemato-Oncology sample processing
Tumour sample processing
Oncology FISH (processing and analysis)
Oncology G-banded analysis
Array CGH processing
Array CGH analysis
Other related documents
ACC Application form for GT Training Accreditation
This form must be completed by a laboratory applying for
ACC accreditation to deliver the GT training programme.
In this form the applicant laboratory must indicate
which modules it plans to deliver within the 3 year
training period. Award of accredited status if carried
out by the ETC.
This word document must be
completed and emailed by your Head of Department to
Eileen Roberts (see form for details).
Module assessment report form
Each module ends with a brief internal assessment. This
form is to be completed by the trainee, trainer and
assessor and forms the official documentation for that
Guidelines (New - 27/5/2011)
for the guidelines for final assessment for exit from
the ACC/CMGS GT training programme. This document
contains information regarding eligibility for
assessment, administration of assessments and request
forms for both Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics