How to become an anatomical pathology technician
You can get into this job through:
- applying for a trainee position
You'll need to complete a 2-year traineeship. Training and education in anatomical pathology combines academic learning with work-based learning.
At first you'll be based in a mortuary and start your training with a short period observing the wide range of mortuary procedures.
This is followed by working under the supervision of senior staff and pathologists. You'll also attend teaching sessions on a level 3 diploma course awarded by the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH).
To become a trainee you'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and a science - usually biology
- to be sensitive to the issues facing families dealing with bereavement
- an awareness and respect for different religious beliefs surrounding death
Experience of record keeping or dealing with legal issues might be useful.
Professional and industry bodies
Once you have completed the diploma, including practical assessments and a written exam, you can apply for Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Public Health.
You can also join the Association of Anatomical Pathology Technology (AAPT), which represents and promotes the profession.