SMA is registered with the Australian Skills Quality Authority. SMA delivers this unit in every state and territory of Australia except South Australia.

Course outline/delivery

This course is delivered using theoretical and practical tasks. Students are required to participate in all course elements, providing them an opportunity to practice and refine their skills prior to assessment. The course structure involves simulated real life scenarios which could appear in the community and/or workplace settings. This allows students to demonstrate application of their skills and knowledge.

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 Trainer 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 work as Sports Trainers within their Rugby League club or workplace.


  • Current First Aid certificate


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:


To enrol, students must be at least 18 years old. Children under 16 may be accepted upon application to the National Rugby League (NRL).

Delivery Mode/Duration

Mode 1: Face-to-face learning
  • Day 1 – Provide First Aid HLTAID003
    Online learning and 8 hours face-to-face practical workshop.
  • Day 2 – Cluster units
    8 hours face-to-face practical workshop, with 25 hours post-course industry experience via a Third Party Report.

Recognition of Prior Learning

SMA provides a recognition of prior learning pathway for this course. Recognition of prior learning is available to those students who can provide other evidence that they can demonstrate the skills, knowledge and experience described in the units of competency. For example, a current AHPRA registration as medical practitioner, nurse or physiotherapist. Please note, that due to the structure of this course, recognition of prior learning is only provided for the whole of the course. Those students that can provide this evidence must still undertake the training and assessments. If you believe you are eligible for recognition of prior learning, please contact SMA.

Credit Transfer

SMA provides credit transfer for this course. Credit transfer is available to those students that have completed (within the last 3 years) one or more of the units of competency which are equal by code, title and educational outcomes to the units of competency that comprise the NRL Level 1 Sports Trainer certification. For example, if you have successfully attained HLTAID003, SISSSPT302A, SISSSPT201A, SISSSPT304A, SISSSPT305A and/or SISSSPT306A within the last 3 years and can provide evidence of certification. If you believe you are eligible for credit transfer, please contact SMA.


Students will be assessed as follows:

  • Presenter observation and practical assessment.
  • Written questions.
  • Post course industry experience.

Course Resources

Students are provided with the following course resources:

  • Sports tape (as required) and associated materials.

Special Needs and LLN Reasonable Adjustment

Sports Medicine Australia recognises that students participating in its training courses may have special needs. These may include but are not limited to students with language, literacy and/or numeracy problems, or disabilities. Students with special needs should Contact Us prior to enrolment too discuss their needs.


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

Register now via the NRL website