Certificate III in Sports Trainer

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who apply the skills and knowledge to undertake a career as a sports trainer at a regional, state or territory level. Likely functions for someone with this qualification include performing pre and post event taping as part of providing injury prevention and treatment for athletes, developing warm up and cool down programs and assisting with the management of sports injuries under the guidance of a health professional. Those with this qualification would also liaise with coaching and other related support staff.

Job roles

The following is an indicative job role for this qualification:

sports trainer.


14 units must be completed:

9 core units

5 elective units, which may be selected from the electives in this qualification or from units first packaged at AQF level 2, 3 or 4 within SIS10; up to 2 of these elective units may be selected from any current accredited course or other Training Package, and must be first packaged at AQF level 3.

In all cases, selection of electives must be guided by the job outcome sought, local industry requirements and the characteristics of this qualification (as per the AQF descriptors).

Core units

add topic HLTFA301C

Apply first aid

add topic SISSSPT201A

Implement sports injury prevention

add topic SISSSPT302A

Provide initial management of sports injuries

add topic SISSSPT303A

Conduct basic warm-up and cool-down programs

add topic SISSSPT304A

Tape ankle, thumb and fingers

add topic SISSSPT305A

Support sports injury management

add topic SISSSPT307A

Conduct advanced taping

add topic SISXRSK301A

Undertake risk analysis of activities


Follow work health and safety policies

General elective units

add topic BSBADM307B

Organise schedules

add topic BSBWOR301B

Organise personal work priorities and development

add topic HLTFA402C

Apply advanced first aid

add topic ICAICT102A

Operate word-processing applications

add topic ICAICT105A

Operate spreadsheet applications

add topic ICAICT106A

Operate presentation packages

add topic ICAICT203A

Operate application software packages

add topic ICAICT210A

Operate database applications

add topic ICPMM263C

Access and use the Internet


Develop and update knowledge of coaching practices


Plan and deliver coaching programs


Customise coaching for athletes with specific needs


Implement selection policies


Provide drugs in sport information


Provide nutrition information to athletes


Support athletes to adopt principles of sports psychology


Communicate effectively with others in a sport environment

add topic SISSSPA301A

Coordinate regional touring athletes

add topic SISSSPT306A

Deal with medical conditions in a sport setting

add topic SISSSTC301A

Instruct strength and conditioning techniques

add topic SISXEMR201A

Respond to emergency situations


    This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway, however is not suitable for School Based Traineeships/Apprenticeships.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

No licensing, legislation, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification of the endorsement.

Employability Skills

The following table contains a summary of the employability skills required by the sport industry for this qualification. The employability skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options.

Employability skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Communicating with athletes to determine and interpret their specific taping requirements; understanding verbal and written information on injury prevention; providing clear verbal instructions to players on injury prevention and treatment; terminology to interpret information and instructions from sports medicine personnel.


Working as a skilled team member; contributing to positive team dynamics and dealing appropriately with conflict; collaborating with athletes, coaches and sports medicine personnel to determine injury prevention strategies.

Problem Solving

Identifying and taking action to mitigate hazards and risks that may arise during sports training activities; responding to emergency situations within scope of responsibility; recognising individual differences and adapting injury prevention and treatment strategies accordingly; determining appropriate solutions to injury prevention and management problems.

Initiative and enterprise

Showing initiative and independence in assisting with management of sport injuries; adjusting taping techniques to meet players’ needs; taking correct action and following established procedures on discovery of an actual or potential emergency or safety hazard; reflecting on own performance for improvement.

Planning and organisation

Collecting and recording information to undertake the efficient planning and delivery of injury prevention, warm up and cool down programs; time management to schedule player taping to meet training or competition deadlines; allocating resources and equipment to enable the desired activities to be undertaken to meet competition timelines; following organisational policies and procedures to complete sports trainer tasks in an efficient manner.


Understanding and complying with the legal and ethical responsibilities that apply to own role as a sports trainer; understanding the boundaries of own role and correctly determining when referral to colleagues or medical or allied health professionals is required; acknowledging, discussing and acting upon feedback provided by coaches, players and other sports medicine personnel to improve own performance.


Knowing the structure of sports medicine networks and sources of information within the sport industry; keeping well informed of updates and changes to sports medicine techniques, policies, procedures and regulations; analysing new injury prevention strategies for applicability to own situation; accessing professional development opportunities to enhance sports trainer performance.


Understanding and utilising the operating capability of equipment and software that assists in injury prevention and treatment; selecting, using and maintaining protective sports equipment according to manufacturer specifications and organisational policies and procedures.