The courses below will help you better understand COVID-19 guidelines and how to manage COVID-19 diagnostics and treatment.



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View the latest training materials on ASLM's COVID-19 Ag RDT testing. You will learn about the COVID-19 pandemic, its mode of transmission and prevention measure, how to diagnose it using rapid diagnostic tests, how to improve testing outcomes, and you will gain knowledge and skills to utilize the test results to contribute epidemiological surveillance and control of the pandemic. This course was developed with funding from Unitaid and in partnership with the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Amref Health Africa, Last Mile Health and Africa Field Epidemiology Network under the stewardship of the Africa CDC.

ASLM’s COVID-19 ECHO Sessions

View the latest of ASLM’S COVID-19 ECHO SESSIONS

Session 1

Troubleshooting Common Challenges Associated with SARS-CoV-2 Diagnostic Test Establishment

Session 2

Latest Update On Available Technology to Detect COVID-19

Session 3

The Korean Experience for the African Continent

Session 4

Manufacturers of COVID-19 Molecular Diagnostic Tests: BD and Cepheid

Session 5

Manufacturers of COVID-19 Molecular Diagnostic Tests: QIAGEN & Thermo Fisher Scientific

Session 6

Serology Tests and Their Role in the Pandemic Response

Session 7

Implementing Fast Turn-Around Laboratory Testing for Control of COVID-19

Session 8

Manufacturers of Molecular Diagnostics Tests Pt3: Abbott and Bio-Rad

Session 9

Diagnostics in the COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Session 10

Best Practices Implementing a Structured Quality Assured Testing Program

Session 11

Procurement and Supply Chain for COVID-19 Diagnostics

Session 12

Facial Masks During COVID-19: Homemaking, Disinfection and Imaging

May 2020 Waste Management Training

COVID-19 Biosafety Guidance for Laboratories Confirmation

Session 13

Manufacturers of COVID-19 Molecular Diagnostics Tests: Abbott Serology in the Core Lab and Analytics

Session 14

Specimen Referral Systems for SARS-CoV-2 Testing

Session 15

Manufacturers of COVID-19 Molecular Diagnostics Tests: KH Medical Co., Ltd., South Korea & Inqaba Biotec

Session 16

Manufacturers of COVID-19 Molecular Diagnostics Tests: PerkinElmer & Pro-Med Diagnostics, South Africa

June 2020 LabCoP ECHO Session

Key Considerations for Differentiated Service Delivery in the Context of the Global COVID-19 Pandemic

Session 17

Manufacturers of COVID-19 Molecular Diagnostics Tests: EUROIMMUN AG, Germany and Hologic, USA

Session 18

Manufacturers of COVID-19 Molecular Diagnostics Tests: Roche Diagnostics International Ltd.

Session 19

Public Health Lab Networks and SARS-CoV-2 Testing: Challenges, Strategies, and Lessons from the USA

July 2020 LabCoP ECHO Session

No Time to Wait! Demand Creation for Early Infant Diagnosis of HIV

Session 20

Laboratory Data Management Considerations for COVID-19 Response

Session 21

Optimised Diagnostic Networks Key to Responding to COVID-19: Doing More with Less

August 2020 LabCoP ECHO Session

EQA Proficiency Testing Coverage, Results and Sustainability from the Perspective of a Service Provider

Special LabCoP ECHO Session

Establishing Diagnostic Connectivity for Laboratory Network Data Flow Across Conventional & POC Systems

Session 22

Self-Collection of Nasal Specimens: Lowering the Barrier to SARS-CoV-2 Testing and Access to Care

Session 23

COVID-19 Antigen Testing’s Role in the Helping Control the Pandemic

September 2020 LabCoP ECHO Session

Using Strategic Communications as a Tool for Social Change and Advocacy

Session 24

COVID-19 Testing Project – Independent Evaluation Results: What Do We Know About Performance?

Session 25

Considerations of Pooling Specimens for COVID-19 Testing by Real-Time RT-PCR

Session 26

Unpacking the Global Launch of COVID-19 Ag-RDT Testing

Session 27

Digital solutions supporting healthcare providers and stakeholders in their COVID-19 response

Session 28

Manufacturers of COVID-19 Rapid Diagnostics Tests: Abbott Panbio SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Test

Session 29

Manufacturers of COVID-19 Rapid Diagnostics Tests: STANDARD Q COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test

Session 30

Funding & Procurement Mechanisms for SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Tests

October 2020 LabCoP ECHO session

Operationalising the M&E Sub-community of Practice: Improving M&E for HIV/TB and Emerging Challenges

Session 31

Manufacturers of COVID-19 Rapid Diagnostics Tests: LumiraDx SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Assay

Session 32

Launch of SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Test Training Package

1st LabCoP Extended Echo Session

Launch of the Score-TB Package

January 2021 LabCoP ECHO Session

PEPFAR Country Operational Plan (COP) 2021: laboratory systems strengthenin

Session 33

Testing Strategy for COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Tests

Session 34

Manufacturers of COVID-19 Rapid Diagnostics Tests: BD (USA) and DiaSorin (Italy)

Session 35

Expanding COVID-19 testing to reopen economies: A panel discussion

February 2021 LabCoP Extended ECHO Session

Roche & CDC Partnership: Developing Capacity and Improving Efficiencies in Laboratory Operations

Session 36

Genomic Surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in South Africa: Implications on Transmission and Vaccine Efficacy

Session 37

African Experience on Expanding COVID-19 Testing Using SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Tests

Session 38

Impact of Novel Variants on COVID-19 Diagnostics

March 2021 LabCoP Extended ECHO Session

Leveraging Laboratory Information Management Systems in the COVID-19 Pandemic:

Session 39

Outcomes, Successes and Lessons from Implementing Emergency SARS-CoV-2 EQA Proficiency Testing in Africa

March 2021 LabCoP ECHO Session

New WHO Recommendations for Clinical and Service Delivery of HIV Prevention, Treatment and Care

Session 40

Manufacturers of COVID-19 Diagnostic Products: Thermo Fisher solutions for new SARS-CoV-2 variants

Session 41

Africa CDC Trusted Travel Platform: Creating a Trusted Network of Covid-19 Testing Laboratories

Session 42

Manufacturers of COVID-19 Diagnostic Products:  Abbott Rapid Diagnostics and Beckman Coulter Inc.

Session 43

Tuberculosis and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Tackling the challenge

May 2021 LabCoP Extended ECHO Session

Global Fund COVID-19 Response Mechanism: SARS-CoV-2 Diagnostics Laboratory Systems Strengthening

Session 44

Country Experiences with the Use of Digital Tools for COVID-19

June 2021 LabCoP ECHO Session


June 2021 LabCoP Extended ECHO Session


Session 45

Leveraging on Existing HIV Community Engagement to Respond to COVID-19 Challenges and Opportunities:

July 2021 LabCoP Extended ECHO Session

Innovating for Tuberculosis Diagnostics: MTB/XDR Assays and Considerations for Implementation

July 2021 LabCoP ECHO Session

Unlocking the Potential of Tiered Laboratory Networks Through Laboratory Mapping

Aug 2021 LabCoP ECHO Session

HIV VL Monitoring Among Patients on ART: Eight Sub-Saharan African Countries, 2013–2018

August 2021 LabCoP Extended ECHO Session

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Testing Technologies: Hologic Aptima® HPV Assay

Session 46

Introducing COVIOS: a new, low-cost, high-quality COVID-19 antigen rapid diagnostic test

Session 47

Launch of COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Training e-Learning Platform

Session 48

The Evolving Role of Diagnostics in the COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Session 49

Manufacturers of COVID-19 Diagnostic Products: Siemens Healthineers & Thermo Fisher Scientific

Oct 2021 LabCoP Extended ECHO Session

Screening for Latent Tuberculosis Infection in Resource-limited Settings

Oct 2021 LabCoP Extended ECHO Session

German Epidemic Preparedness Team Laboratory Strengthening for External Quality Assessment. Experiences

Nov 2021 LabCoP Extended ECHO Session

Evaluating a Country Program: a Viral Load Example

Dec 2021 Special ECHO Session

The Diagnostic Evidence Hub: Its Role in Accelerating Uptake of Diagnostic Innovations

January 2022 LabCoP Extended ECHO Session

Experiences from Tanzania’s first Tuberculosis (TB) Diagnostic Network Assessment

February 2022 LabCoP ECHO Session

Introducing the HIV laboratory Waste Cost Assessment Framework (WCAF)

Session 50

Genomic Surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in Africa: connecting the dots between Clinical and Sequencing Labs

March 2022 LabCoP ECHO Session

Generating Demand for HIV Viral Load Testing through Targeted Communications Campaigns

Session 51

External Quality Assessment for SARS-CoV-2 and Other Emerging Viruses

Session 52

Reviewing Efforts To Increase Community Access To Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Testing Services:

Session 53


April 2022 LabCoP Extended ECHO Session

Role of network Optimisation to achieve 95-90-0 for Mycobacterium TB Disease Elimination: Scaling up Test

April 2022 LabCoP ECHO Session

The Assay Verification Tool: Simplifying Verification and Validation in the Laboratory

April 2022 LabCoP Extended ECHO Session


May 2022 LabCoP Extended ECHO Session

Manual for Selection of Molecular WHO-recommended RDTs for Detection of TB and Drug-resistant TB

June 2022 LabCoP Special ECHO Session

Diagnosis of Monkeypox: What are the Implications for Africa?

June 2022 LabCoP ECHO Session

Rollout and Implementation of SMS Results Relay and Electronic Result Reporting: The Zimbabwe Experience

June 2022 Extended ECHO Session

Non-Laboratory Worker Testing Cadres and Point-Of-Care Tests: an Essential Combination

July 2022 LabCoP Extended ECHO Session

Transforming Cervical Cancer Screening in Africa: The power of HPV DNA Testing

Mid-July 2022 LabCoP Extended ECHO Session

Digitally-Assisted Technical Assistance Support for Rapid Test Continuous Quality Improvement

August 2022 LabCoP ECHO Session

Measuring Progress of Integrated Sample Transport Systems for Clinical and Surveillance Purposes

September 2022 LabCoP ECHO Session

Optimising The Tb/Hiv Diagnostic Cascade Via The Clinic-Laboratory Interface Continuous Quality Program

November 2022 LabCoP ECHO Session

Local Manufacturing of Diagnostics in Africa - the case of MAScIR Diagnostic tests

December 2022 LabCoP ECHO Session

Integrated Hepatitis Testing as Part of The Response to WHO's Triple Elimination Strategy

January 2023 LabCoP ECHO Session

The Revised and New ISO 15189:2022 Standard That Specifies Requirements for Quality and Competence

February 2023 Waste Management Session

Rethinking Laboratory Waste Management in Members Countries: Where are We Now?

Feb 2023 LabCoP ECHO Session

The Revised and New ISO 15189:2022 Standard Part 2: Implications at the Country and Facility Level

Feb 2023 LabCoP Extended ECHO Session

Tool for Rapid Screening and accelerating Malaria Elimination in Low-Transmission Zones

Feb 2023 LabCoP Extended ECHO Session

Adopting The WHO-Recommended Three-Test Algorithm for Improving Quality of HIV Diagnosis

COVID-19 Diagnostics Training MOOC

Learn about the latest recommendations on COVID-19 diagnostics and testing from Future Learn



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the SARS-COV-2 antigen rapid diagnostic test training package?

  • The training package is a set of training materials and supporting resources developed and made by ASLM in collaboration with partners to provide guidance and information on the use of antigen rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) for the diagnosis of COVID-19.
  • The SARS-COV-2 Ag RDTs referenced in the training include both lateral flow and device-based tests.
  • The overall goal of these training materials is to support the scale-up of SARS-COV-2 testing in member states by creating an accessible, adaptable and thorough training package.

Who is the target audience for the SARS-COV-2 antigen rapid diagnostic test training package?

  • The ultimate audience for the training is frontline healthcare workers and other end-user service providers engaged in COVID-19 testing.
  • Materials are packaged as a “Training of Trainers (ToT) set” that should be used to deliver training to Trainers and End Users. However, anyone can access the materials and use the modules to review information for the use of antigen rapid diagnostic testing.
  • In addition, governments entities (e.g., Ministries of Health, National COVID-19 Task Forces) of members states, funding agencies, and development partners may use the overview and training materials to plan for training in the context of scale-up.

What is the duration of this SARS-COV-2 antigen rapid diagnostic test training?

  • The suggested length of training is two to three days.
  • ToT training is recommended to be three days consisting of 2 days of didactic/theory training; ½ day dedicated for practical sessions; and ½ day dedicated for teach-backs.
  • End-user training is recommended to be at least two days with 1.5 days dedicated to didactic/theory training and ½ day dedicated for practical sessions.
  • Example training agendas are located in Module 00 for ToTs and the training agenda in Module 01 for end-user training.
  • The duration can be adjusted and modified accordingly depending on the in-country local needs but should not exceed five days. The stakeholder managing and/or coordinating the training may appropriately modify and adapt the agendas to suit the local context and needs while ensuring adequate time remains allocated to each module

How does one access the SARS-COV-2 Antigen rapid diagnostic test training package?

  • You are required to register and login to download the materials.
  • The full training package meant for ToTs, but can also be accessed by all is available on the ASLM Academy website accessible at: .
  • A training overview intended for Ministries of Health and other policy-making audiences is available for all.
  • Assessments and certification forms are limited to trainers and can be accessed using an authentication code that will be made available via your country laboratory leadership. For more information and requests for accessing the assessments please email Silver Mashate at

As a trainer, do I only need the presentations, or do I also need the supporting materials?

  • Supporting materials for each module are an integral part of the training. Supporting materials include agendas, reference documents for training participants, activity handouts, and supplemental information.
  • Trainers should review both the presentations and supporting materials prior to training.
  • Trainers are encouraged to also make the resources from the supporting materials available and accessible to their participants/trainees

Should ToT training incorporate practice for teaching modules?

  • Module 00: ToT Intro and Good Facilitation is dedicated to good facilitation skills for adult learning. Participants of ToTs should note these skills and utilize them during teach-backs
  • Teach-backs or sessions where trainers can practice facilitation of the training modules are recommended to be incorporated into the ToT training agenda.
  • Teach-backs can be structured in small groups where participants will present a pre-assigned training module to their group during the ToT.
  • A rubric for teach-backs is located in Module 00 Supporting Materials. This rubric allows for group members or facilitators to provide feedback to the participant conducting the teach-back for the module.

Does the training package cover COVID-19 safety guidelines?

  • Safety guidelines for antigen testing are located in Module 04: Safety & IPC for Antigen Testing.
  • This module focuses on safety precautions and PPE surrounding the administration of antigen rapid diagnostic testing. This is meant for healthcare workers and other staff familiar with all safety and infection control procedures surrounding COVID-19.
  • For individuals needing general safety information for COVID-19, additional information can be found in Module 04 Supporting Materials in the presentation titled Module 04B: General Safety and IPC.

May participants receive certificates after completing this SARS-COV-2 antigen rapid diagnostic test training?

  • To receive the training certificate, participants must have attended 100% of the didactic/theory training sessions and score at least 80% and 100% in the theory and practical assessments respectively, as evaluated by the Trainer who has conducted the training.
  • Trainers should email with the completed certificate registration form which is located in the downloadable training package. Participants will be verified and sent ASLM certificates to their email.