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FTN Screening Application

Enrollment for this course is currently closed.

Apply to be considered for the Foundations of Testing and Navigation (FTN) 5-day course for staff who are new to conducting HIV testing in Texas.


The goal of the course is to provide Texas HIV Prevention Contractors who provide HIV testing as a part of their roles, with the skills needed to conduct a status neutral HIV prevention session with increased awareness of stigmatizing language/behaviors and unconscious bias.


Supervisors should allow learners work time and a work area with relatively few distractions to attend the live Zoom sessions and complete assignments. Supervisors must (virtually) sign an agreement within 3 days of staff becoming eligible for the course or staff may lose their spot. The full course will take up to 20 hours of learners’ time. 


The DSHS funded-workforce in Texas who have been hired to perform testing and/or screening will be prioritized. Additionally, not more than 5 participants from any one organization will be admitted per training. If you will supervise testing/screening or have already completed a version of FTN, FTC or PBC you will be redirected to the one-day "FTN Update" course. We will cap attendance at 40 learners, so please complete the 2-part screening process as soon as possible so that we may determine eligibility and ensure you a spot in the course.


Applicants will register for and complete this Foundations of Testing and Navigation Screening Application prior to being allowed into the Foundations of Testing and Navigation course. See the list below for FTN course dates, and corresponding Screening Application timelines. 

Session Dates:

If this is the FTN date you want to attend:

Enroll in the screening application open on these dates:

FTN Course: May 08, 09, 15, 16, 17    

Screening Applications will be accepted from Apr 07 to Apr 24, 2023

FTN Course: June 05, 06, 12, 13, 14    

Screening Applications will be accepted from May 05 to May 22, 2023

FTN Course: July 10, 11, 17, 18, 19    

Screening Applications will be accepted from June 09 to June 26, 2023

FTN Course: Aug 21, 22, 28, 29, 30     

Screening Applications will be accepted from July 21 to Aug 7, 2023

FTN Course: Sep 11, 12, 18, 19, 20    

Screening Applications will be accepted from Aug 11 to Aug 28, 2023

FTN Course: Oct 11, 12, 13 

*note - in-person training in Austin*  

Screening Applications will be accepted from Aug 18 to Sep 4, 2023

FTN Course: Nov 06, 07, 13, 14, 15    

Screening Applications will be accepted from Oct 06 to Oct 23, 2023


This course will be held over two weeks, which includes time for the pre-work and the two weeks of live Zoom sessions.


Live Zoom Session


Learners must complete prerequisites in order to move forward in the course.

  • Week One: Monday/Tuesday, 1-3pm CT
  • Week Two: Monday/Tuesday/Wed, 1-3pm CT
  • Note: The October series is in-person and has a different schedule.

Each live session will require pre-work and post-work. These assignments must be completed in order to move forward in the class.

Steps to Enroll

  • Enroll now to start the screening process.
  • Complete both parts of the 2-part Screening Application (1 - Initial Application and 2 - Additional DSHS Course Screening Questions).
  • If you meet the course eligibility requirements, your supervisor will be sent an electronic Supervisor Agreement form to review and sign. 
  • Upon receipt of the signed Supervisor Agreement, a Cardea Trainer will automatically enroll you in the FTN 5-day course.


  • As a part of the registration process, your supervisor must complete a Supervisor Agreement form (sent by Cardea trainers) verifying that you are available and will attend and complete all 5 live virtual sessions, with minimal distractions and access to the needed technology.
  • Learners are expected to attend every session and complete all course work to receive their certificate of completion. 
  • Learners are expected to have a computer with a microphone, camera, and speakers/headphones to join the live Zoom session. 
  • DSHS has requested the contact information of learners who are unable to complete the course for potential follow-up to learn about barriers to course completion. 

Here is the course outline:

1. Apply to Attend

Foundations of Testing and Navigation 5-day Screening Application Course

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