RIVM in collaboration with Security and Freedom for Europe (SAFE) developed a Train the Trainer curriculum on ‘Validation and Workflows in SARS-CoV-2 Testing Centers’. The Train the Trainer programme was developed as part of the EU European Union (European Union) Chemical Biological Radiology and Nuclear (CBRN Chemical Biological Radiology and nuclear (Chemical Biological Radiology and nuclear)) Centers of Excellence Project 73.

Project 73 is implemented to secure critical national infrastructure in partner countries in the Middle East region, specifically: Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon. It includes both the physical facilities that supply communities in partner countries with goods and services, like water, transportation, fuel and the communication and cyber technology that connects people and supports the critical infrastructure systems.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the project has been extended with a COVID-19 support programme. RIVM developed a Train the Trainer curriculum on ‘Validation and Workflows in SARS-CoV-2 Testing Centers’. The training was given to the Beirut Fire Fighters Brigade, the Civil Defense and Medical personnel in Lebanon. 


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Training of trainers Project 73 Lebanon
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Training of trainers testing for COVID-19
Training fire fighters in Lebaonon Project 73

Click on the pictures to open the picture gallery of the training in Lebanon

The Train the Trainer programme has been developed for the real needs in countries during the COVID-19 pandemic. The curriculum consists of 6 learning modules, which are updated to the latest developments and are needs-oriented.

All training material is provided to selected personnel operating in first-response divisions and contains: 

  • online training tools, including videos, website and quizzes;
  • open resource material for testing centres;
  • practical face-to-face training sessions. 

Key aspects of the learning modules include: 

1.    Understanding methods for the detection of SARS- CoV-2 and screening population for COVID-19; 
2.    Understanding the validation process of tests and material;
3.    Understanding quality management aspects for testing facilities; 
4.    Understanding the setup and workflow of testing facilities. 

Would you like to know more?

Please contact the organisers of the Train the Trainer programme:

e-mail Joris Sprokholt, PhD

e-mail Dr Doctor (Doctor) Robert ten Hove , MSc