NRL Level 1 Sports Trainer

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NRL logoSMA together with the NRL offer a cluster of Nationally Recognised Training units. These units are packaged for the delivery of a Level 1 Sports Trainers qualification specifically for Rugby League, tailored to the NRL. The NRL Level 1 Sports Trainer qualification includes First Aid and CPR in addition to the Sports Trainer units listed below, over 2 days of face-to-face training with some post-course practical experience.

About SMA

SMA is registered with the Australian Skills Quality Authority SMA has a branch in every State and Territory within Australia. This unit is delivered in every state and territory.

Units to be delivered

This course has been contextualised for personnel working as sports trainers working with the NRL, who are responsible for providing injury treatment for athletes in a sport-specific training or competition setting such as on the playing field, court, change rooms, open or enclosed areas at sporting events, accommodation venues or in transit. This course will be delivered to schools, community sporting clubs, university students and allied health professionals.

SMA together with the NRL offer this cluster of Nationally Recognised Training to meet the industry requirements to work as a Level 1 Sports Trainers within Rugby League. SMA will schedule Provide First Aid HLTAID003 training on the day before these cluster units are delivered enabling students the opportunity to complete the training required to gain NRL level 1 sports trainer accreditation. Students completing the training go on to working as Sports Trainers within their Rugby League club or workplace.

The requirement to obtain the NRL level 1 Sports Trainer accreditation are:

HLDAID003         Provide First aid, incorporating HLTAID001 Provide CPR

SISSSPT201A      Implement sports injury management

SISSSPT302A      Provide initial management of sports injuries

SISSSPT304A      Tape Ankle, thumb and finger

SISSSPT305A      Support sports injury management

SISSSPT306A      Deal with medical conditions in a sports setting

SMA refer to this package as the “NRL Sports Trainer cluster”.

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL)

SMA offer an assessment only pathway and will issue qualifications for the units the student has achieved competency. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process of gaining a qualification, or part of a qualification, by recognising your existing skills and knowledge gained through work and experience. Within the two day NRL level 1 training, the NRL will accept a HLTAID003 Provide First Aid accreditation completed within the last 2 years (12 months still remaining on the qualification to meet industry requirements) as RPL for day 1 of the NRL level 1 Sports Trainers Course. Candidates applying for RPL visit and upload copies of your qualification.

RPL Process

Once a person has been approved for Recognition of prior learning by the NRL, they will receive documentation that asks them to register and pay for the RPL course. They will also be asked to nominate which Level 1 course they wish to attend. Once they have provided that, their records will be transferred into the course and appear as a participant.

Credit Policy

SMA recognises qualifications and statements of attainment issued by any other RTO and communicates this recognition through its information provided to potential and enrolling students.

Note that SMA will not issue a Statement of Attainment that is achieved wholly through recognition of units and/or modules completed at another RTO or RTOs. Reference:

Credit Procedures

Information relating to SMA’s credit transfer policy is provided to all students via SMA’s website and Course Outlines. SMA offer credit transfer where one or more unit of training is provided together, and this is currently offered within the NRL Level 1 Cluster units.

  • 1. Candidate directed to SMA training website to register for a course.
  • 2. Information on credit transfer is presented to students prior to, and during enrolment.
  • 3. Candidate completes enrolment, and pay for the course.  Candidates are asked to upload their evidence to support eligibility for accessing the Credit transfer to the site or email this evidence to SMA state office.
  • 4. SMA Education Officer reviews evidence and confirms that the student is eligible for credit transfer. Education Officer may contact the RTO listed as the issuing authority on the statement of attainment or qualification to verify the authenticity of the document.
  • 5. The Education Officer saves the student’s credit transfer evidence to the course file, and records a credit transfer outcome within the student management system, for the relevant unit(s).
  • 6. Candidate receives the course information sent to them as part of the confirmation of enrolment which includes the information outlining the units they will receive credit for and the sessions that are required to attend.
  • 7. Candidate attends and completes the relevant training and assessment sessions.
  • 8. Assessor marks the assessment activities and records the outcome and informs the student as per the relevant Assessment Plan.
  • 9. Student receives relevant statement of attainment as per SMA policy and procedures.


Upon successful completion of this training as per each of the training package requirements, students will receive Statements of Attainment for the following units which they complete:

Day 1:  SMA deliver the HLTAID003 Provide First Aid, incorporating HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation on this day.

Certificate are provided to the student either at the completion of the course or on average within 10 business days of successful course completion.

Day 2: SMA deliver the following units on day 2:

SISSSPT201A      Implement sports injury management

SISSSPT302A      Provide initial management of sports injuries

SISSSPT304A      Tape Ankle, thumb and finger

SISSSPT305A      Support sports injury management

SISSSPT306A      Deal with medical conditions in a sports setting

Students attending and completing all assessment material for day 2, which includes post course industry experience via a Third Party Reports will be issued with statement of attainment for the units they have completed. This will be within 30 Days as per Australian Skills Quality Authority regulations of successful course completion however SMA on average issue certificate within 10 business days of successful course completion.

SMA issue Statements of Attainment via PDF and or hard copy.


To enrol in this program students must be a minimum of 18 years old. Children under 16 may be accepted upon application to the National Rugby League (NRL).

Delivery Mode / Duration

Face–to-Face learning
Day 1 – Provide First Aid HLTAID003Workbook learning prior to course plus 8 hours face to face practical workshop.

Day 2  – Cluster units8 hours face to face practical workshop, with 25 hours post course industry experience via a Third Party Report.

9.00am -10.15am                             -            Implement Sports Injury Management

10.15am – 11.45am                           -            Provide Initial Management of Sports Injuries

11.45am – 12.30pm                           -            Tape Ankle, Thumb, Finger / Multiple choice assessment

12.30pm – 1.00pm                            -            Lunch

1.00pm – 2.30pm                             -            Supporting Sports Injury Management

2.30pm – 4.00pm                             -            Deal with medical conditions in a sports setting

4.00pm – 5.00pm                             -            Group Discussion / Practical Assessment / Workbook Assessment


Students will be assessed individually and in group activities. Students will need to display competency in all.

Students assessment is conducted using a range of methods:

Day 1     Provide First Aid HLTAID003

Day 2     Cluster units listed above.

1. Scenario assessment & Scenario Demonstration

As an individual and within a group environment, students are required to demonstrate competency in a range of techniques for the units:

  • Implementation of sports injury management
  • Providing initial management of sports injuries
  • Taping of Ankle, thumb and finger
  • Supporting sports injury management
  • Dealing with medical conditions in a sports setting

This includes scenarios aligned the performance criteria required for this program.

2. Written questions

Students must complete a multiple choice assessment tasks. 100% correct answers are required.       

3. Post course Industry experience.  

To gain the statement of attainment for the cluster unit’s, students need to complete 25 hours of post course experience and are provided a third party report for this purpose. A third party report with instructions will be provided to you at the end of day two.

Course Outline / Delivery

This course is delivered theoretical and practical tasks. Students are required to participate in all elements of the course, providing them with the opportunity to practice and refine their skills prior to assessment. This course structure involves the use of simulated scenarios which reflect real life situations occurring in the community and workplace settings.  This is intended to allow the students to demonstrate application of their skills and knowledge as is required in the training package instructions.

The following outline demonstrates the content covered in the classroom environment. A more detailed course outline is provided via the training calendar for the individual course.

Cluster units:

  • Prepare the athlete for taping / Apply taping techniques for Ankle, thumb and finger / Removal of tape
  • Contribute to injury surveillance / implement, contribute to, and evaluate sport injury prevention program.
  • Conduct initial assessment of sports injuries / Manage the Injury / Complete and process report / Evaluate Injury management outcomes
  • Assist health care professionals with injury management programs / Monitor minor injuries
  • Identify / Research / Manage and evaluate medical conditions
  • Implement self-care / practical scenarios / Group discussion
  • Multiple Choice Assessment

Course Resources

SMA provides the following resources for the student during the face to face practical workshops as learning resources:

  • NRL Level 1 Sports Trainers Manual and Workbook – The manual incorporates the latest first aid information and is a student resource providing additional information not covered under the training package core knowledge.
  • Power Point – This presentation is interactive with videos and customised to include examples and scenarios that are relevant to the real life first aid and CPR emergencies which the student may face providing them with the skills and confidence to respond to a situation where emergency life support or basic first aid may be required. This is contextualised to Rugby League.

SMA Trainers/Assessors

SMA draws on its network of professional sports trainers, sports doctors, physiotherapists, and other health care professionals to deliver and assess Safer Sport Program courses.

SMA trainers are required to hold:

  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAE40110, its successor, or an industry related education qualification
  • Vocational competencies to a minimum of the unit which they are delivering / assessing.
  • 50 hours’ professional experience / practice within a relevant industry context
  • Current working with vulnerable people card
  • Current knowledge and skills in vocational training and learning
  • Evidence of recent vocational and training, learning and assessment professional development

Special needs and LLN reasonable adjustment

Student(s) participating in training may have special needs.  Where these needs are identified before the enrolment process the SMA state office will explore the options available to the student through the training and assessment. These may include but not limited to students with language, literacy and/or numeracy problems, or disabilities.

A certain level of language, literacy and numeracy requirements are needed to undertake this course. Specifically, students would need the ability to: Prepare a written incident report or provide information to enable preparation of an incident report (e.g. a first aid report); Communicate effectively and assertively in an incident; Use literacy and numeracy skills as required to read, interpret and apply guidelines and protocols.

Students also require appropriate level of senses (hearing, vision, smell) to make accurate reports, check for dangers and apply appropriate injury management strategies.

If a person with a disability meets essential entry requirements, SMA will work with the student to make “reasonable adjustments” necessary for that student to perform their coursework.

These reasonable adjustments may include:

  • Changing methods of how assessment is conducted, in order achieve desired competency whilst still adhering to required performance and /or knowledge evidence required such as verbal recorded assessment rather than written.
  • Changing course delivery. For example, providing study notes or research materials in different formats; providing ability to have support personnel with them in class.

Behaviour Expectations

SMA endeavours to provide a learning environment, which is supportive of group and individual learning. This requires support from all participants, presenters and course convenors.

It is therefore expected that students will behave in a manner which is respectful of fellow students and Sports Medicine staff.


Please ensure that you have read and are familiar with all our training policies. These can be found on the registration form and the SMA website:

  • Access and Equity
  • Privacy
  • Complaints and Appeals
  • Student Behaviour Expectations
  • Refunds

Course Validation

The materials for this course have been through a validation process involving several key experienced stakeholders and industry experts.

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NOTE: Please be aware that for training activity before 1 January 2017, training organizations delivering single day training courses will be permitted to issue a VET qualification or a VET statement of attainment to students who have not been able to provide a USI before completion of training.

Please note that students who are unable to provide a USI, that their training outcome will not be recorded on their USI account and will not be available in future years as part of the authenticated USI transcript service.

Sports Medicine Australia is a Registered Training Organisation – National Provider Number 110086.