Online Covid-19 Tester Training

Online Covid-19 Tester Training

From the start of January 2021, the government is delivering a programme of rapid asymptomatic testing for children and young people in year 7 and above in secondary schools, FE colleges, special schools and specialist colleges, AP academies, PRUs and registered independent AP.

The objectives of this programme are to:

  • keep education settings open
  • ensure as many pupils and students as possible are receiving high quality, face-to-face education
  • help safeguard the health of the staff of education settings and their pupils and students
  • break chains of transmission of the virus


Who will administer the tests?

The Department of Education (DfE) have said the test kits will be delivered to all of these settings at the start of the spring term.

Schools and colleges will have to set up their testing site, details on how to do this are in the handbook - there are stipulations in relation to ventilation, lighting, type of flooring, and space, with clear divisions needed between the swabbing and processing area.

The system will be run on site by staff, external volunteers (e.g. parents or retired staff) or additional paid temporary agency/contract staff.


Types of roles and training

There are seven roles associated with the process:

  1. Team Leader (Quality Lead)
  2. Test Assistant
  3. Processor
  4. COVID-19 Coordinator
  5. Registration Assistant
  6. Results Recorder
  7. Cleaner

Each of these roles requires an online training course to be completed, each one ranging from 10-30mins depending on the role.

Information about each of the roles are described in the Training Guide Rapid Testing Handbook and some of them can be carried out by the same person.


How to access the training

To access the Covid-19 Tester training follow this link

It will ask you to enter a token to create an account. This token is 3wkcVi4UTX and will give you access to the training modules.

The training is free, you will NOT be asked to enter any payment details.

A 100% pass mark is required for the assessments, trainees can read through the content and repeat modules until they pass.

Upon passing the assessment, there will be an option to download a course certificate. This must be saved in a secure location and be easily accessed.


How will the testing system operate?

Tests will usually be carried out as a supervised self-test, but some students may be assisted by the trained staff or volunteers.

Lateral flow testing involves a swab of the nose and throat to collect a sample, which is then inserted into a tube of liquid for a short time. Drops of liquid are added to the test strip and after about half an hour a result will be shown. There is no need to send samples to a lab for analysis. Results are available after approximately 30 minutes.

Further information on what to do if a pupil or student tests positive for COVID-19 on a lateral flow device can be found within the


Further Information

Schools and colleges can access more resources at Mass Asymptomatic Testing.

Schools and Colleges Handbook

Training Guide Rapid Testing Handbook