AFL Emergency Response Coordinator (ERC) Course

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AFL EMERGENCY RESPONSE COORDINATOR (ERC) COURSE

COVID-19 FIRST-AID UPDATE
LATEST UPDATE: 06th August 2020 – Practical hands-on skills should NOT be taught ONLINE

With the current COVID-19 pandemic here in Australia, we have implemented new COVID-19 procedures and allowed for reasonable adjustment within the delivery and assessment of our course materials that are in line with the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE), the Australian Industry Skills Council (AISC), the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), the Australian Resuscitation Council guidelines and the Australian Children’s Education & Care Authority (ACECQA) requirements.

For more information on our COVID-19 procedures click here.

For more information on what reasonable adjustments are being implemented, please click here.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

The practical elements of first aid MUST continue to be taught by all training providers. At the time of this notification, No Registered Training Provider (RTO) had been exempt from their obligation to meet the Performance Evidence (Practical hands-on components) of any first aid course in lieu of an online course. First aid should never be taught 100% online. For more information…click here.

DELIVERY OPTIONS:  (FACE TO FACE – NO PERSONAL STUDY) |  (ONSITE / WORKPLACE DELIVERY)
COURSE OPTIONS: 3.5 HOUR COURSE  (FACE TO FACE) 

Sports trainers and first aiders have been part of Australian Football since the origins of the game. They are part of the fabric of every club and play a key role in player preparation and safety at all levels. 

This Emergency Response Coordinator (ERC) course is endorsed by the Australian Football League (AFL) and targets junior, suburban and country football clubs, teams and volunteers that may not have a qualified Level 1 sports trainer available to attend games, training and practices sessions. This course builds a club or teams capacity to meet the minimum requirements of the Australian Football League Management of Injuries and Medical Emergencies in Community Australia Football Policy.

Our Emergency Response Coordinator (ERC) course will provide you with the skills, knowledge and confidence required on and off the field to deal with the emergency assessment, planning and management of on-field injuries and response priorities.  

All participants who successfully complete this training, combined with a current first aid certificate will have the minimum competencies required to fulfil the role of an Emergency Response Coordinator at an Australian Football event.

This includes the minimum competencies in emergency management procedures and responses and the assessment and immediate management of severe injuries and life-threatening medical emergencies required by at least one person in attendance at all games and training or practice sessions. As of season 2013, the AFL mandated that this ERC qualification together with a current first aid certificate will be the minimum competency an individual must hold to officiate as a sports trainer.*   

Our course incorporates a number of realistic classroom simulations aimed at preparing you to deal with on-field first aid injuries with a practical real-world approach to first aid.

*source: AFL community club website

PRE-REQUISITES

Prior to registering for this ERC course, it is a requirement of the Australian Football League (AFL) that participants hold, at minimum the HLTAID002 Provide basic emergency life support unit of competency or the recommended HLTAID003 Provide First Aid (First Aid Certificate) unit of competency. Intelligent Training Solutions conducts both these courses prior to the delivery of this ERC course. For more information on our Nationally accredited first aid courses, please visit our HLTAID003 Provide First Aid web page or contact our office for more information.  

COURSE CONTENTS (TOPICS)

This course contains a wide range of information that is delivered to you by a qualified division 1 nurse with a current Level 1 Sports Trainer or emergency response coordinator, ensuring that you are receiving current, sound first-aid practices contextualised to the sporting industry. Our 3.5-hour course covers the following:

Topic includes, but are not limited to:

  • Role of the Emergency Response Coordinator
  • Emergency planning
  • Emergency response priorities
  • On-field assessment of injured players
  • Concussion management
  • Blood rule
  • On-field and off-field communication
  • Calling an ambulance, information to share
  • Transporting injured players

NOTE: A current nationally accredited First Aid certificate is a prerequisite for the ERC course. Refer to the Pre-Requisite section of this web page for more information.

COURSE DELIVERY OPTIONS

This course represents a traditional approach to first aid (ERC) training whereby all training, learning and assessment is conducted face to face in a classroom environment over a 3.5-hour duration and is by far the most popular and the best way in which to deliver such important content. There is NO pre-course or personal study requirement for this ERC course.

Participants are required to hold a current first aid certificate with their CPR component refreshed annually. For more information on this requirement, please see the prerequisite section of this web page.

This course can be delivered at any one of our training venues listed below or on-site at your own club or venue.

 

STUDENT SUPPORT

Student support is a cornerstone of our organisation. Regardless if you are a full time, part-time or blended delivery student, you will always have access to your course trainers or support officers.

As this ERC course is delivered in its entirety within the 3.5-hour duration, it is not expected that you will require additional support, regardless, whether you wish to engage our support services on a daily basis, once a week or in blocks is up to you. We have scheduled student support times as well as an ability to generate a support service at any time via our website. Support for this qualification is available in the following formats and times:

TYPE OF SUPPORT AVAILABLEDAYS AVAILABLETIMES AVAILABLE
PHONE SUPPORTMON, TUE, WED, THU, FRI8.45am to 4.45pm
EMAIL SUPPORTMON, TUE, WED, THU, FRI8.45am to 4.45pm
LIVE VIDEO CHATMON, TUE, WED, THU, FRI8.45am to 4.45pm
FACE TO FACEMON, TUE, WED, THU, FRI8.45am to 4.45pm
AFTER HOURSMON, TUE, WED, THU, FRI, SATBY APPOINTMENT

*NOTE: Responses to email support requests will occur during the times stated above, however, responses may be delayed up to 24 hours. If your support enquiry is urgent we recommend calling us.

 

BEFORE YOU ENROL

Before you enrol into this course you may wish to check out our student administration portal or the terms and conditions you are bound by when you enrol into one of our courses. The information found within these two areas will highlight any expectations we will have from you and provide you with a clear understanding of your required commitment to your enrolled course. To access the student administration portal, simply click here: Student Administration. At access your enrolment forms terms and conditions relevant to this course, simply click here: Enrolment Terms and Conditions

 

VICTORIAN COURSE FEES FOR 2020

 

HOW TO ENROL INTO THIS COURSE

If you would like to enrol into this course you must complete an Intelligent Training Solutions registration form. To register, simply search through the table below. All our public courses for the 2020 year are listed in month order. Once you have located the month and location that suits you, simply click the ‘Enrol Now’ button that corresponds with the course you wish to enrol in.

 

If you are unable to complete our registration form online, you can also visit us at our training centre or call us and speak with our administration staff during business hours. One of our friendly staff will be happy to walk you through the online enrolment process.

I.T.S VALUE ADDED ITEMS

On top of the AFL plastic wallet-sized card and Certificate that you will receive upon successful completion of this course from the AFL, Intelligent Training Solutions will also provide you with the following items as part of your certification:

We will also add you to our register to receive FREE reminders that your ERC certificates are about to expiry. This is a free service offered by Intelligent Training Solutions to assist you to stay up-to-date and current with your clubs Australian Football League Management of Injuries and Medical Emergencies in Community Australia Football Policy.

OUR TRAINING VENUE LOCATIONS

This image has been used with permission from the AFL House.
This image has been used with permission from the AFL House.

Intelligent Training Solutions started life as a workplace training organisation, delivering courses directly to clients at their own locations. Today onsite course delivery remains a strength of ours when it comes to helping business, large or small, find solutions to their own compliance or employment and training needs.

Over the years we have built strong relationships with many of our local Neighbourhood Houses and their wonderful staff to deliver our nationally accredited and non-accredited courses to the local communities using the Neighbourhood Houses as a permanent training location and venue, while at the same time having an established training centre in Preston, Victoria.

In 2019, Intelligent Training Solutions Training Centre moved from Preston to Building 7, 16a Keilor Park Drive, Keilor East, Victoria 3033 expanding our range of courses and our capacity to deliver.

To view all the permanent training locations we use, please click on the ‘Our Training Location’ menu tab located in the ‘GENERAL INFORMATION’ menu tab at the top of this screen.

To view all the locations where we conduct this particular course, simply scroll up to the section titled ”HOW TO ENROL INTO THIS COURSE’ or the section titled ‘VICTORIAN COURSE FEES’

 

COURSE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

This ERC course does not have any required eligibility criteria to attend and participant, however, prior to being issued with an AFL certificate, participants must have provided evidence of having successfully completed either the HLTAID002 or HLTAID003 Unit of Competence. Refer to the Pre-Requisite section of this web page for more information.

 

COURSE ENTRY RECOMMENDATIONS

This is an open course. We encourage everybody involved with a sporting club, especially football clubs to undertake this course in order to learn these life-saving skills and knowledge required by first aider or sports trainer involved with a club or team. Participants should have basic Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills and have the physical ability to perform CPR and other First Aid situations.

Participants must be 18 years or older.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

INDUSTRY AND REGULATOR APPROVED REASONABLE ADJUSTMENTS

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the following reasonable adjustment have been approved for use by our state regulators, the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC), the Australia Industry and Skills Council (AISC) and the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE). COVID-19 reasonable adjustments include:

  • Ensuring students do not breathe directly into a manikin, instead, the assessor must watch and assess the students performing breaths to the side of the manikin.
  • A no-contact approach to delivery and assessment with students and staff

On top of the reasonable adjustments issued by our regulators, Intelligent Training Solutions has also implemented the following COVID-19 safety measures as part of our delivery and assessment:

  • Restricted all public class sizes to accommodate the required distance between students and staff
  • Equipped our trainers with commercial-grade disinfectant to use on all classroom surfaces and contact touch points such as light switches, door handles, bench tops, classroom tables and chairs etc…
  • We have implemented new equipment disinfecting procedures which include sanitising and disinfecting all equipment before and after classes regardless if the equipment has been used. 
  • We have hand sanitiser available for use to all our staff and students. Hand sanitiser is available in all public spaces and in our classrooms.

For a full description of our COVID-19 procedures, please visit: https://www.its.vic.edu.au/coronavirus/

This course and the criteria issued by the Australian Football League (AFL) make up your Certificate of Completion and will be assessed both theoretically and practically in accordance with the ERC course criteria. The assessment will be based on the principles of competency-based training (CBT). A successful outcome for this certificate will be determined by a range of different methods including:

  • Either (one or the other) an online or written submission of work
  • Observation of simulated and practical activities
  • Structured questioning or discussions.

 

COURSE, CLUB AND SOCIAL PATHWAYS

This course is well suited for someone who is considering becoming a qualified Level 1 sports trainer. 

ADDITIONAL ENROLMENT TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The training offered by Intelligent Training Solutions provides the skills and knowledge to properly administer first aid in a sporting environment but does not constitute a medical qualification. Intelligent Training Solutions together with the AFL accept no responsibility for the subsequent actions of participants.

First Aid training involves moderate physical activity including kneeling and bending. Intelligent Training Solutions does not accept any responsibility for any harm suffered by you as a result of your participation in the course. If you have any special needs (including those in relation to Language, Literacy or Numeracy) a relevant disability or condition, or any other concerns you should raise these prior to enrolment.

 

STUDENT RIGHTS

  • You have the right to complain about the performance of our administration services, trainers or assessors
  • You have the right to appeal the assessment decision made by our trainers. Please refer to our appeals policy located in the student administration section of this website.
  • You have the right to view our complaints and appeals policies by visiting the student administration section of this website.

 

RESOURCES AND TEXTBOOKS

Intelligent Training Solutions will provide you with all the required resources and textbooks on the day of your course. After registering for this course, you will receive a welcome email which will provide you with confirmation of your registration, and course date, time and location. 

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT

It is recommended that you provide the following:

  1. Working pens and highlighters for use on the course.
  2. A4 lined workbooks for taking notes (minimum 150 pages)
  3. An active and working email account
  4. Photo ID to confirm your identity

 

UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE

Once you have successfully completed this course, your assessment together with your results will be forward to the Australian Football League (AFL House). The AFL will then issue you with a Certificate of Completion together with a plastic wallet-sized card confirming your successful completion of this course.

PLEASE NOTE: The issuing of certificates is not handled by Intelligent Training Solutions. If you require your certificate urgently for any reason please inform your trainer on the day of your training session so that they can attempt to make the required arrangements for you.

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