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

This course is delivered using blended learning and includes 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. The content covered in the classroom is:

  • Prepare for taping
  • Apply taping techniques for an ankle, thumb and finger
  • Removal of tape
  • Implement self-care/practical scenarios/group discussion
  • Multiple choice assessment

Units To Be Delivered

This program has been designed to meet the requirements of SISSSPT304A Tape Ankle, Thumb and Finger. Upon successful completion of all assessment tasks students will receive a statement of attainment for SISSSPT304A Tape Ankle, Thumb and Finger.


Upon completion of this training, students will receive a Statement of Attainment for SISSSPT304A within 30 days via PDF and/or hard copy, as per the Australian Skills Quality Authority regulations of successful course completion.


To enrol, students must be at least 14 years old. Children under 14 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis upon application to their local SMA state branch (in the state where the course is to be held). This ensures the student has the necessary skills to undertake training and assessment requirements.


New or continuing students undertaking nationally recognised training need a USI to receive a qualification/statement of attainment for this unit. USI will provide access to an online record of training since January 1, 2015 and allow comprehensive training transcripts to be produced More. An enrolling student should enter their existing USI. If you do not have a USI, please click here to create one in a new window (takes about 3 minutes).

Delivery Mode/Duration

Mode 1: Face-to-face learning
  • 3 hours face-to-face training and assessment.
  • 10 hours of post course experience needs to be submitted via a third party report from a supervisor detailing performance.


Students will be assessed individually and in group activities. Students need to display competency in all assessable elements to successfully complete the unit package SISSSPT304A accreditation. Assessment is conducted using the following methods:

  • Scenario assessment – Students are required to demonstrate the essential skills and knowledge to tape an ankle, thumb and finger, including scenarios aligned to the performance criteria required for this program.
  • Preparing and applying and removal of taping procedures – Students will demonstrate preparing the athlete to be taped and applying tape as per training requirements and guidelines.
  • Demonstration of taping techniques – Students are required to demonstrate, individually and within a group, competency in a range of taping techniques that involve the ankle, thumb and finger.
  • Written questions – Students must complete a multiple choice assessment task, either as a group exercise or individually, with a 100% pass rate required.
  • Third party post course industry experience – Students must complete the third party evidence report and submit to the SMA state office in which they undertook the training.

Course Resources

Students are provided with a link to the online learning program via email upon registration or 10 working days before commencement of the course. Students are required to undertake this pre-learning prior to attending the face-to-face training. Students DO NOT need to print out a completion certificate as SMA has access to the online learning portal. The following learning resources are provided to students during class and face-to-face sessions:

  • PowerPoint presentation that is interactive, includes videos and is customised to include real examples and scenarios that are relevant to the taping of an ankle, thumb and or finger.
  • Rigid adhesive tape (various sizes appropriate for taping an ankle, thumb and finger).
  • Elastic adhesive tape (various sizes appropriate for taping an ankle, thumb and finger).
  • Covering tape.
  • Vaseline and gauze pads.
  • Hypoallergenic material.
  • Cushioning foam.
  • Tape adherent.
  • Tape remover (appropriate tape scissors).

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.

Behaviour Expectations

SMA endeavours to provide a learning environment which is supportive of group and individual learning. To achieve this requires support from all students, 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.


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