Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Spinal Management Certificate

Award Summary:

The aim of this course is to provide participants with the skills and knowledge to manage injured casualties with suspected spinal injuries in an aquatic environment and in emergency situations.

Unit/s of Competency:

There are currently no units of competency aligned with this award.


  • On successful completion the participants will receive the SLSA Spinal Management Certificate.
  • Course content:
  • Basic understanding of spinal cord anatomy and injuries
  • Identify possible causes of spinal injuries
  • Detail the signs and symptoms of a patient with suspected spinal injuries
  • How to move a casualty with suspected spinal injuries
  • Detail the principles of immobilisation for spinal injuries
  • Detail and demonstrate the management of head and spinal injuries
  • Detail the precautions necessary for the transportation of casualties with suspected spinal injuries


  • Candidates must be a minimum of 16 years of age on the date of the final assessment
  • Candidates must hold the unit of competency PUAEME001B Provide Emergency Care
  • Candidates must hold one of the following SLSA awards:
    • Current SLSA Bronze Medallion/Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)
    • Current Senior First Aid Certificate (Apply first aid) CPR must have been updated in the last 12 months

Course Duration:

Spinal Management courses run for approximately 6 hours.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If you believe you already possess some or all of the skills and knowledge of this course, you may wish to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Consult the SLSNSW RPL Guide for Applicants available on the Participant Resources page of the SLSNSW website.

Course enquiries:

Enquiries and bookings for this course are through the Director of Education

Candidates will be required to demonstrate competency in all elements in the workplace. They will be required to complete activities that may include oral and written questioning, practical demonstrations of skills and performing scenarios. There is a water component for the assessment phase of this course.


For this award to remain current, candidates must perform a proficiency check prior to 31st December each year.


Spinal Management courses are Branch facilitated and are run by SLSNSW endorsed facilitators.

Training resources for this course:


  • Training enrolment form
  • Spinal Management Certificate Learner guide
  • RPL application form
  • Participant evaluation form
  • Training course report
  • Single Day attendance sheet


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