SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Test training package

SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Test training package

The SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Diagnostic test (RDT) training package is a structured comprehensive collection of training resources and tools to enable relevant institutions to organize, run and evaluate training of trainers and/or training of health workers who will be performing SARS-CoV-2 testing using Antigen RDTs.

The training package can be used in face to face training or as a blend of remote and face to face training. Materials can be adapted and customized based on national guidelines and target group of participants.

The training addresses the theoretical and practical components of SARS-CoV-2 Antigen RDT testing and provide trainees with the skills and resources on how to safely perform SARS-CoV-2 Antigen RDT testing. It does not intend to address the implementation of Ag RDT testing across the diagnostic network. This is addressed in the SARS-CoV-2 antigen-detecting rapid diagnostic tests: An implementation guide  and in policy guidance issued by the World Health Organization.

The SARS-CoV-2 Antigen RDT training package v1.0 has been designed and developed by the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) and the World Health Organization.


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Corrigendum and Updates – April 1st 2021

Corrigendum and Updates – April 1st 2021 (pdf file - 287 KB) Download


Guidance for facilitators

Training guide (doc file - 161 KB) Download


Additional materials for facilitators

Checklist of training materials (doc file - 36 KB) Download
FAQ (docx file - 48 KB) Download
Competency assessment (doc file - 115 KB) Download
Certificate template (ppt file - 43 KB) Download
Training evaluation form (doc file - 43 KB) Download


Technical modules

01 – Introduction (ppt file - 1.79 MB) Download
02 - Overview of SARS-CoV-2 testing (ppt file - 2.44 MB) Download
03 - SARS-CoV-2 testing strategies (ppt file - 3.28 MB) Download
04 - Quality testing using RDTs (ppt file - 2.34 MB) Download
05 - Safety for SARS-CoV-2 testing (zip file - 1.5 MB) Download
06 - Sample collection (zip file - 3.93 MB) Download
07 - Preparation for testing (ppt file - 3.5 MB) Download
08 - Performing the SARS-CoV-2 Antigen RDT (zip file - 3.26 MB) Download
09 - Using SARS-CoV-2 RDT data (zip file - 3.32 MB) Download
10 - Assuring quality results (zip file - 2.51 MB) Download


Additional module - Training of Trainers

11 - Training testers (ppt file - 3.05 MB) Download


Other resources

Video: Putting on and removing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for contact and droplet precautions for COVID-19 (zip file - 26.8 MB) Download
How to do a SARS-CoV-2 Antigen RDT quick reference guide (zip file - 1.04 MB) Download
[NEW] Video: How to conduct SARS-CoV-2 testing with antigen rapid diagnostic test (March - 2021) (zip file - 428 MB) Download YouTube
[NEW] Video: How to collect oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal specimens for the diagnosis of COVID-19 YouTube

The development of this training package was in part supported by German Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) COVID-19 Research and development funding to WHO.

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