Vital Sports Medicine has been chosen by the NRL to deliver all of the re-accreditation courses as well as the highly sort after Level 2 courses nationally.


Vital First Aid is the only Registered Training Organisation approved by the NRL to deliver the Level Sports Trainer program.


Nationally Recognised Training

The NRL has moved to require all sports trainer education to be Nationally Recognised which has many benefits including

  • Consistency and portability of training units – skills and knowledge gained in these courses may well be of use in other areas of your careers
  • Validity – training and assessment is validated across many stakeholders to ensure that everyone’s needs are me
  • Audited quality – all Nationally Recognised units and courses are audited by an external accrediting body to ensure that the delivery and assessment are second to none.

Re-accreditation of Level 1 & 2 Face to Face.

Re-accreditation of first aid ( HLTAID003 Provide First Aid and HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting ) and NRL specific elements. Level 1 & 2 sports trainers can attend the same course. Cost is $80  CPR can also be refreshed in the morning of these courses for only $40

Re-accreditation of Level 1 & 2 on-line.

This is a new option available ONLY for sports trainers with a CURRENT Nationally Recognised First Aid certificate. It involves completion of an on-line assessment and video upload of various NRL skills such as taping and log roll. Cost is $75.

NRL Sports Trainers MUST have a current first aid certificate to operate as a sports trainer.

NRL Sports Trainers will be able to book directly with us very soon to take advantage of this option.  


NRL Level 1 Sports Trainer course

This is a 2 day course design for people with a passion for sport who wish to gain the Level 1 Sports Trainer qualification. This course is recognised by most major sporting organisations.

Prerequisite information: The Level 1 Sports Trainer course includes several Nationally Recognised units of competency. These include:

  1. HLTAID003 Provide First Aid
  2. SISSSPT201A Implement sports injury prevention
  3. SISSSPT302A Provide initial management of sports injuries
  4.  SISSSPT305A Support Sports Injury Management
  5. SISSSPT306A Deal with medical conditions in a sport setting
  6. SISSSPT304A Tape ankle, thumb and fingers

These units are assessed during the face to face component of the course as well as by the participant completing a post course portfolio of research and evidence of completing certain tasks. This post course portfolio will require the participant to have access to a computer with internet and email facilities and for them to have basic computer skills to use Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF's and insert photos into documents. The participant will also need to have access to either a smart phone or digital camera to take photos and send them electronically. Assistance can be provided if the participant is having difficulties with any stage of the assessment submission. 

Basic numeracy and literacy skills are also required. This means that the participant will need to be able to read and write competently in english. If you are unsure that the participant has these skills please let us know prior to completing enrolment. 

If you do not think you will be able to complete the assessments please let us know prior to completing enrolment. 

NRL Level 2 Sports Trainer course

Pre-requisite to attempting the Level 2 course is at least one season as a Level 1 Sports trainer for the NRL

The Level 2 Sports Trainer course includes several Nationally Recognised units of competency. These include:

  1. SISSSPT303A Conduct basic warm-up and cool-down programs
  2. SISXWHS101 Follow work health and safety policies
  3. SISSSCO306  Provide Drugs in Sport Information
  4. SISXRSK301A Undertake risk analysis of activities
  5. SISSSPT307A Conduct advanced taping,

as well as First Aid reminders, concussion policies etc. 

The NRL Level 2 course is designed to provide participants the additional skills required to assist them with the increased WH&S obligations that now fall of Sports Trainers.

During the course, and as part of the Post Course assessments, you will be required to

  • use "pre-game" check assessments, amend those "checks" and evaluate the effectiveness of them
  • assist with WH&S identification and risk mitigation within your club
  • ensure safe use and maintenance of equipment within your sport
  • conduct warm up and cool down programs
  • research and deliver information on "drugs in sport" to athletes in your club
  • learn advanced taping techniques
  • spinal care refresher
  • concussion awareness and refresher

These units are assessed during the face to face component of the course ( 2 days ) as well as by the participant completing a post course portfolio of research and evidence of completing certain tasks. This post course portfolio will require the participant to have access to a computer with internet and email facilities and for them to have basic computer skills to use Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF's and insert photos into documents. The participant will also need to have access to either a smart phone or digital camera to take photos and send them electronically. Assistance can be provided if the participant is having difficulties with any stage of the assessment submission. This post course work can take several months to complete.

Access to a team or group of sports persons is also critical for completion of these course to enable delivery of certain warm up / cool down programs, drugs in sports education, WH&S related assessment etc. 

Basic numeracy and literacy skills are also required. This means that the participant will need to be able to read and write competently in English. If you are unsure that the participant has these skills please let us know prior to completing enrolment. 

If you do not think you will be able to complete the assessments please let us know prior to completing enrolment. 

The NRL Level 2 course opens the pathway to you as a Sports Trainer towards further on-going education. It is certainly not the end of your educational journey but only the beginning.

We are also offering at most Level 2 courses the option of completing 2 extension units – Advanced First Aid and Advanced Resuscitation ( oxygen use ). These units are ideal for sports trainers wanting to advanced their first aid skills and who would like to work towards the full Certificate III in Sports Trainer. You can contact Vital Sports Medicine directly about these units once you have booked into a Level 2 course. 

CERTIFICATE III in Sports Trainer

This Certificate III course is the pinnacle of sports trainer education and has never before been offered to the NRL, it is the highest level of targeted sports trainer education currently available in Australia.

Remember for all Sports Trainer re-accreditation and Level 2 Sports Trainer courses please book directly with PlayNRL

Concussion resources - completion of the "HEADS UP to Youth Sports: Online Training" is an excellent method of further developing your concussion awareness skills. We highly recommend this FREE course. Follow the link HEADS UP

NRL Sports Trainer manual - This manual is currently under going a re-write by the NRL however you can download this PDF scanned version in the meantime.

NRL On field Policies - essential knowledge for all NRL sports Trainers

CRL Pre-game check tool