Level 2 Sports Trainer

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The aim of the Level Two Sports Trainer program is to further develop the basic knowledge and skills of a Level 1 Sports Trainer that in turn will improve their ability to contribute to safer sporting events and organisations. It is anticipated that the experience gained since completion of the Level 1 course will provide course participants with sufficient insight to assimilate this higher level of knowledge into their role as a Sports Trainer.

As a consequence of completing the required course units it is expected that the Level 2 Sports trainer will be able to apply appropriate first aid and emergency care of athletes at a more advanced standard than a Level 1 Sports Trainer and will at a minimum be able to:

  • Perform all skills and competencies of a Level 1 Sports Trainer, as well as:
  • Prevent further harm occurring to athletes with suspected spinal or head injuries.
  • Perform advanced taping.
  • Provide basic sports massage.

In addition following the completion of the course the Level 2 Sports Trainer will likely have gained a working knowledge and basic levels of skill in a minimum of 4 of the following areas:

  • The provision of basic, safe strength and conditioning advice and instruction
  • The provision of basic advice relating to sports nutrition and hydration
  • The application of basic principles of sports psychology
  • Advanced wound management in a sporting context (including compliance with blood rules).
  • The management of acute sports related dental injuries
  • The provision of appropriate advice and support to participants in sport from special populations such as women, children and adolescents, older athletes, and athletes with a disability.
  • Pain Management
  • Asthma Management

This minimum 20 hour course builds upon the SMA Level 1 Sports Trainer course and facilitates the further development of basic knowledge and skills in the prevention and management of injuries and illnesses related to participation in sport and physical activity.

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A candidate must have:

  • Current accreditation as a SMA Level 1 Sports Trainer
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification from a Registered Training Organisation.

Course Content

The course comprises a minimum of 20 hours of instruction. Each course unit will usually comprise a minimum of 2.5 to 3 hours of educational material in the form of lectures, practical sessions, or self- directed learning activities. The course units may be delivered either over consecutive days or a longer period of time depending on the mode of delivery, for example direct contact or distance education, though usually within a time frame of up to 24 months to complete all of the units.

The minimum requirement for accreditation as a Level 2 Sports Trainer is the completion of all 5 essential course units, as well as a minimum of 4 additional elective units. The availability of course units may vary between States.

Essential Units: 

  1. Provide Emergency Care for Suspected Spinal Injury (Nationally Recognised Training NRT LogoPUAEME004A)
  2. Concussion Management
  3. Advanced T aping
  4. Introduction to Sports Massage
  5. Log book demonstrating evidence of 50 hours of relevant industry experience

Elective Units:

  1. Provide Advanced Resuscitation (Nationally Recognised Training HLTAID007)  NRT Logo
  2. Basic Strength and Conditioning
  3. Sports Nutrition and Hydration
  4. Principles of Sports Psychology
  5. Sports Wound Management
  6. Dental Injuries in Sport
  7. Special Populations in Sport
  8. Asthma Management
  9. Pain Management


  1. Demonstration, practice and assessment of practical skills.
  2. Other self-directed learning activities suitable to assist in the achievement of competence in the 
course unit as set by the course convener.
  3. Completion of a workbook, which includes components to be completed outside of the course 
direct contact time.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) may be granted for units that the participant has already achieved competency in on provision of suitable evidence of current competence in the unit area. For example, a participant with a Degree or Certificate IV qualification in massage may be deemed competent in the “Provide Basic Sports Massage” unit if the applicant’s academic transcript or other documentary evidence provides evidence of the achievement of competence in this area. Participants who have completed comparable units from the SIS30810 Certificate III Sports Trainer qualification from the SIS10 Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package may also be eligible for RPL. The determination of RPL for a particular unit or units remains at the discretion of Sports Medicine Australia.

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