Recognition of Prior Learning - Sports Trainer

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Applications

General Information and Process

The NRL Sports Trainer Accreditation Scheme offers Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in partnership with Sports Medicine Australia. Applicants may provide qualifications that can be used to substitute some of the course modules. All candidates will need to complete an application form, and be approved, for any acceptance of prior learning. This can be completed using the form below. 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

There are a number of common RPL applications that are submitted every year. The list below summarises the RPL that is available to these applications along with the additional requirements (this is a guide only):

  1. Provide First Aid (HLTAID003): if a candidate has this qualification with more than 12 months’ validity, he/she will receive a Credit Transfer for Day 1 of the NRL Level 1 Sports Trainer Course. They will still be required to attend the second day of the Level 1 Course. 
  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 Day 1 of the course, as well as Unit 2.5 - Managing Soft Tissue Injuries. 
  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 Unit 2.5 - Management of Soft Tissue Injuries and Unit 2.6 - Taping and Strapping. 
  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. 

Equivalency Applications

General Information and Process

If a candidate has a qualification that is equivalent to the NRL Sports Trainer Scheme 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: anyone who holds an SMA Level 1 will be required to complete the 'Role of the NRL Sports Trainer' 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: anyone who holds an SMA Level 2 will be required to complete the 'Role of the NRL Sports Trainer' 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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