Recognition of Prior Learning - Safety Courses

General Information and Process

The NRL Safety Education Scheme offers Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in partnership with Sports Medicine Australia (Registered Training Organisation Provider number 110086).

Applicants may provide evidence of existing current qualifications that can be used to substitute some course modules.

All candidates will need to complete the below application form, and be approved, for any acceptance of prior learning..

Once the form is received, it will be assessed, and further information will be provided to the candidate on next steps.

It is important to avoid directly enrolling in a course; the application should be completed first. 

Common RPL Applications

  1. There are a number of common RPL applications that are submitted to the NRL every year, each with their own requirements. HLTAID003 Provide First Aid: if a candidate completed this qualification with more than 12 months’ currency remaining and HLTAID001 Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: if a candidate has a complete this qualification with currency, they will receive a Credit Transfer for:
    • the first 4 hours of the League First Aid course (of 8 hours total)
    • day 1 of the Level 1 Sports Trainer course (of 2 day total).
  2. Para-medicine degree (paramedic): the applicant will be required to show their qualification and evidence they are currently practicing as a paramedic. A paramedic will generally receive RPL for the HLTAID003  Provide First Aid component of the League First Aid and Level 1 Sports Trainer courses:
    • the first 4 hours of the League First Aid course (of 8 hours total)
    • day 1 of the Level 1 Sports Trainer course (of 2 day total)
  3. Physiotherapy Degree: the applicant will be required to show their qualification and evidence they are currently practicing as a physiotherapist. A physiotherapist will generally receive RPL for ‘Management of Soft Tissue Injuries’ and ‘Taping and Strapping’ however this will dependent on work setting.  
  4. Doctors and Nurses: These qualifications will be reviewed on a case by case basis as there is a vast difference in qualifications and practice that can determine the outcome of an application. 

* Please note that successful RPL does not result in the student being granted a statement of attainment for the units achieved through RPL.

Equivalency Applications

General Information and Process

If a candidate has a qualification that is equivalent to the NRL Safety Education qualification, then equivalency may be granted. It is important that this application process is followed before a candidate acts in the role of a Sports Trainer. Under the NRL Policy, all Sports Trainers must hold an NRL Sports Trainer Certificate to practice in a Rugby League setting.

Equivalent Qualifications

The only qualifications that are fully equivalent to the NRL Sports Trainer Scheme are listed below. Each qualification will need to meet the additional parameters to be awarded the NRL equivalent qualification. These include:

  1. Sports Medicine Australia Level 1 Sports Trainer: an applicant who holds a current SMA Level 1 Sports Trainer Accreditation will be required to complete the ‘Safety in Rugby League’ eLearning module before the equivalency is granted. This is to ensure the Trainer is up to date with NRL-specific policies and techniques. 
  2. Sports Medicine Australia Level 2 Sports Trainer: an applicant who holds a current SMA Level 2 Sports Trainer Accreditation will be required to complete the ‘Safety in Rugby League’ eLearning module before the equivalency is granted. This is to ensure the Trainer is up to date with NRL specific policies and techniques. 

 

RPL and Equivalency Application

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