Antigen rapid tests: training package

Antigen rapid tests: training package

The SARS-CoV-2 antigen rapid diagnostic test (SARS-CoV-2 Ag RDT) training package is a structured, comprehensive collection of training resources and tools to support 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 Ag RDTs.

The training package can be used in face-to-face training or as a blend of remote 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 Ag RDT testing and provides trainees with the skills and resources on how to safely perform SARS-CoV-2 Ag RDT tests. It does not intend to address the implementation of Ag RDT testing across the diagnostic network.

The SARS-CoV-2 Ag RDT v1.0 training package has been designed and developed by FIND and WHO.


SARS-CoV-2 Ag RDT training package v1.0

The materials for the SARS-CoV-2 Ag RDT Training Package v1.0 provided below are freely available to download. Their use is subject to these terms of use.

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Updates from version 1 to version 2

Corrigendum and updates – April 1st 2021 (pdf file – 287 KB)

Guidance for facilitators

Additional materials for facilitators

Technical modules

01: Introduction
(ppt file – 1.79 MB)

02: Overview of SARS-CoV-2 testing (ppt file – 2.44 MB)

03: SARS-CoV-2 testing strategies (ppt file – 3.28 MB)

04: Quality testing using SARS-CoV-2 Ag RDTs (ppt file – 2.34 MB)

05: Safety for SARS-CoV-2 Ag RDT testing (zip file – 1.5 MB)

06: Sample collection
(zip file – 3.93 MB)

07: Preparation for testing: supplies (ppt file – 3.5 MB)

08: Performing the SARS-CoV-2 Ag RDT (zip file – 3.26 MB)

09: Using SARS-CoV-2 RDT data (zip file – 3.32 MB)

10: Assuring quality results
(zip file – 2.51 MB)

11: Training testers
(zip file – 3.05 MB)

Other resources

Job aid: How to do a SARS-CoV-2 antigen rapid diagnostic test (pdf file – 364 KB)

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 (pdf file – 364 KB) Download

Video: How to conduct SARS-CoV-2 testing with antigen rapid diagnostic test (March – 2021) (zip file – 428 MB) DownloadYouTube

Video: How to collect oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal specimens for the diagnosis of COVID-19 YouTube

  • Training package on WHO website.
  • The French version of these training materials can be found on the WHO website.
  • The Russian version of these training materials can be found on the WHO website.

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