Level 1 Sports Trainer

Level 1 Sports Trainer

Delivery Partner

Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) is the registered training organisation that delivers Level 1 Sports Trainer Courses (RTO Provider number 110086).

SMA is responsible for training, assessment and issuing of relevant qualifications and statement of attainments.

Course Outline

This course requires completion of NRL specific eLearning Modules, Nationally Recognised Units of Competency in addition to the Sports Medicine Australia Level 1 Sports Trainer course:

  • HLTAID003 Provide First Aid
  • HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.

Any participant with a current HLTAID003 Provide First Aid with more than 12 months currency and a current HLTAID001 Provide CPR are encouraged to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning for these units.

Click here to apply for RPL

This course educates prospective Sports Trainers, teachers, coaches, administrators and parents on the basic principles of sports medicine.  Participants will gain 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 is delivered using blended learning combining pre-course online learning with face to face theoretical and practical tasks. Students are required to participate in all course elements, providing them with 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, sporting and/or workplace settings.

This course includes the following elements;

  • HLTAID001 Provide CPR, including DRSABCD and practical scenarios for Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • HLTAID003 Provide First Aid including: Medical emergencies, wound care, bites, fractures, dislocations, eye, dental, concussion, neck injury and abdominal injuries. 

Course Structure

  • HLTAID003 Provide First Aid
  • HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Sports Trainer in Action
  • Basic Musculoskeletal Anatomy
  • Preventing Sports Injuries
  • Nutrition and Hydration in Sport
  • Drugs in Sport
  • Management of the Injured Athlete
  • Common Medical Conditions
  • Concussion
  • Sports Taping (ankle, thumb and finger)
  • Transporting the Injured Athlete
  • Common Sporting Illness and Injuries
  • Injury reporting

Delivery Mode/Duration

This course is delivered through a combination of pre-course online learning and face to face training for each course component (first aid, CPR and sports trainer). The online learning takes approximately 6 hours for the first aid and CPR components and 8 hours for the sports trainer component. All online learning must be successfully completed prior to attendance at the face to face training.

Failure to complete the online learning prior to attending the face to face training places a student at a significant disadvantage. By not completing all online learning prior to attending the face to face course students may struggle to complete both the final theory assessment and practical assessments to the level required for an outcome of competent.

Any student who does not successfully complete the online learning prior to the face to face course does so at their own risk. If a student has not achieved a 100% pass rate for the  online learning assessment OR fails to achieve an outcome of satisfactory after two or more attempts at the practical assessments or achieve 100% pass rate for the final theory assessment, the student will be deemed not yet competent and will be required to attend an additional face to face training session. This will incur additional course fees.

Students will receive their access to online learning within one business day of registering for the course.


The minimum age to become an NRL Level 1 Sports Trainer is 18. 


New or continuing students undertaking nationally recognised training need a Unique Student Identifier (USI) prior to enrolment for this course.

Your USI will provide you with access to an online record of your training since 1 January 2015 and allow training transcripts to be produced. To find out more about USIs, click here. Enrolling students will be required to enter their USI to proceed with enrolment.

If you do not have a USI, or want to verify your USI number, please visit the Australian Government’s USI website here (takes 3 minutes to create a USI) .

Students who do not provide a valid USI will be deemed an incomplete enrolment and will not be able to access course content.

Students will be assessed as follows:

HLTAID003 Provide First Aid including HLTAID001 Provide CPR;

Students will be assessed individually and in group activities. Students need to display competency in all assessable elements to successfully complete the unit package HLTAID003 accreditation. Assessment is conducted using the following methods:

  • Scenario assessment – Students are required to demonstrate the essential skills and knowledge to respond to a range of first aid or emergency situations, including scenarios aligned with the performance criteria required for this program.
  • Demonstration of Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation procedures – Students will demonstrate Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation on SMA training manikins – adult, child and infant – in line with the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) Guidelines.
  • Demonstration of various first aid techniques – Students, individually and as a group, are required to demonstrate competency in a range of first aid techniques.

Theory Assessment – Students must achieve 100% pass rate for both the online theory assessment and the written assessment completed during the face to face course
Assessment Structure

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


Upon successful completion of all course requirements, students will receive

  • a NRL Level 1 Sports Trainer Certificate. a Statement of Attainment issued by Sports Medicine Australia for the units of competency HLTAID003 Provide First Aid, incorporating HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.
  • a Sports Medicine Australia Level 1 Sports Trainer qualification (valid for 3 years).   

Course Resources

Students are provided with the following course resources:

  • Online learning modules, including downloadable e-books
  • PowerPoint presentation that is interactive and customised to include real-life first aid and Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation examples and scenarios.
  • Adult, child and infant resuscitation manikins in line with ARC Guidelines for assessment of Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation procedures.
  • Adrenaline auto-injector training device.
  • AED training device.
  • Placebo bronchodilator and spacer training device.
  • Roller bandages.
  • Triangular bandages.
  • Wound dressings.
  • Workplace First Aid kit.
  • Workplace injury, trauma and/or illness record, or other appropriate workplace incident report form for written reports.
  • Sports tape and associated materials
  • Sports Medicine for Sports Trainers textbook
  • Various stretchers


The Level 1 Sports Trainer course is $170 for Rugby League trainers