Course Outline

Sports Medicine Australia’s (SMA) Level 1 Sports Trainer course is designed to introduce participants to the basic knowledge and skills required by a Sports Trainer. These skills include the management of specific sporting injuries, sports taping and transporting an injured athlete. This course educates prospective Sports Trainers on the basic principles of sports medicine. This course has been developed for Allied Health students and professionals.

The successful completion of the Level 1 Sports Trainer course provides an opportunity for participants to become an SMA Accredited Sports Trainer.  This is the standard requirement to perform the duties of a Sports Trainer in most major Australian sporting codes.

The course covers the following units:

  • Sports Trainer in Action
  • Preventing Sports Injuries
  • Nutrition and Hydration in Sport
  • Drugs in Sport
  • Management of the Injured Athlete
  • Concussion
  • Sports Taping (ankle, thumb and finger)
  • Transporting the Injured Athlete
  • Common Sporting Illness and Injuries

Course Prerequisites

  • HLTAID003 or HLTAID011 Provide First Aid (completed within 3 years)
  • HLTAID001 or HLTAID009 Provide CPR (completed within 12 months)
  • Academic Transcript (unofficial is acceptable) showing at least 12 months full time study (minimum pass mark in all units) or equivalent, or a completed degree in one of the following Allied Health Fields;
    • Nursing (RN or EN)
    • Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy)
    • Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic)
    • Bachelor of Science (Osteopathy)
    • Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science
    • Bachelor of Medicine
    • Bachelor of Human Movement
    • Bachelor of Biomedical Science
    • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
    • Bachelor of Podiatry
    • Bachelor of Paramedic Science

Please note: evidence of the above prerequisites must be provided to SMA prior to attendance at a course. Students who do not provide sufficient evidence of the required prerequisites will have their enrolment deemed incomplete. Students who do not complete the enrolment process within 15 business days of the course start date, will be unenrolled.


SMA Sports Trainer Membership is highly encouraged for all working Sports Trainers, from community level sport right through to those involved in elite level competition. A major benefit of Sports Trainer Membership is the specially tailored insurance package which has been carefully designed for working Sports Trainers and is available for accredited SMA sports trainers (either Level 1 Sports Trainer and/or Level 2 Sports Trainer).

Take advantage of a 30% discount on your Sport Trainer Membership ($105 instead of $150) when purchasing an already discounted “course plus membership bundle” at the point of registration to any of SMA’s Sports Trainer or Sports Trainer Reaccreditation Courses on offer. Once the bundle is purchased, membership discount will be applied to all future Sports Trainer or Sports Trainer Reaccreditation Course registrations. Find out more about Sports Trainer Membership here.


Upon successful completion of all course requirements, students will receive a Sports Medicine Australia Level 1 Sports Trainer qualification (valid for 3 years).


To enrol, students must be a minimum of 16 years of age. Children under 16 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis upon application to their local SMA Office (in the region the course is to be held). This ensures the student has the necessary skills to undertake training and assessment requirements.

Delivery Mode/Duration

The Allied Health Program is delivered via 9 hours of training (2x 3-hour online classroom delivery and 4 hours of face to face assessment), plus a short final online assessment post course (30 mins).

This course is a shortened version of the SMA Level 1 Sports Trainer course, due to the prior knowledge and experience of eligible students.


Students will be assessed as follows:

  • Lecturer observation and practical scenario assessment
  • Taping of the ankle, thumb and finger
  • Written assessment

Course Resources

Students are provided with the following course resources:

  • Sports tape and associated materials
  • Sports Medicine for Sports Trainers textbook
  • Various stretchers
  • First aid kit for scenarios


Please read and be familiar with all our training policies.

Level 1 Sports Trainer Allied Health Courses


If you would like further information regarding the Level 1 Sports Trainer Course (Allied Health) or to request a course booking, please reach out to SMA’s Safer Sport team via 1300 711 211 or [email protected]