About this Toolkit

This Toolkit is a collection of original and revised resources for developing, delivering, and evaluating training on HIV-related topics and skills for healthcare providers. Training coordinators, curriculum developers, and trainers can all use the Toolkit in preparing and presenting HIV/AIDS training. The materials you create will help educate healthcare professionals on topics such as preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV, antiretroviral therapy, opportunistic infections, and voluntary counseling and testing.

Toolkit Sections

The Toolkit is divided into seven primary sections. The first six sections cover the necessary steps in creating a training course:

  • Coordination: Tools such as sign-in sheets, agendas, checklists for planning training, and clinical preceptorship forms.
  • Needs Assessment: Resources to help identify the training needs of your target participants.
  • Design: Tools for planning a training curriculum and determining training content.
  • Development: Tools for creating training manuals, handouts, and exercises.
  • Delivery: Helpful information on conducting a successful training.
  • Evaluation: Resources for evaluating training and assessing participant learning.

Each section includes an "In the Field" example that demonstrates how some of the tools can be used to help create and deliver training.

The seventh and final section of the Toolkit, Sample Curricula, provides examples of curricula you may use as models while developing your own training materials.

Other Teaching and Training Resources on HIV/AIDS

Keep in mind that a structured training is only one method of meeting the information and skills gaps you identify with your needs assessment. There are other ways to increase practitioners’ knowledge, skills, and comfort level when working with HIV patients. For example, there are studies published in the area of HIV and AIDS all the time that can provide you, the trainers you work with, and participants with useful technical information. Organisations such as UNAIDS (www.unaids.org/) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov/) have excellent technical resources you can access via the Internet.

There are other HIV/AIDS training and information resources available via the Internet. Below is a list of some of these key resources:

There are other online resources provided throughout the Toolkit, placed according to specific categories of training development (Needs Assessment, Design, Development, Delivery and Evaluation). Click on “Online Resources” in the blue menu to the left to see a list of these web-based resources.


The Training Toolkit developers are grateful to the many authors who created the resources included in this project. Special thanks to the staff members and consultants at the International Training and Education Center on HIV (I-TECH) at the University of Washington (UW) and University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and to the University of Washington’s Center for Educational Technology.

Funding for this project was provided by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) from monies made available through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).


The International Training and Education Center on HIV (I-TECH) developed the Training Resource Toolkit. I-TECH is part of the UW Center for Health Education and Research and UCSF. We would appreciate your feedback on this training resource Toolkit. Please complete the feedback survey and follow the instructions for sending it to I-TECH.

Learn more about getting started with the Toolkit, see Using the Toolkit.