Manual Handling Instructors Course


QQI Minor Award Level 6 – Further Education & Training

The course is designed to equip individuals with the knowledge, skills and competencies to deliver manual handling training.
The course focuses on the theoretical and practical aspects of manual handling, risk assessment and the key training tools and skills required to effectively deliver manual handling courses.
Learners who achieve this award can transfer into the Level 6 Special Purpose Award in People Handling Instruction.
The HSA regulations require that all Manual Handling Instructors must be QQI certified..

Course Duration

  • 5 Days – Classroom sessions
  • Additional study time required to prepare for and complete assessments.
 Learning Objectives:

Learners will:

  • Gain an understanding of the key components of Health & Safety Legislation
  • Learn about the anatomy of the spine and effective back care
  • Identify the main risk factors for back injuries
  • Gain an understanding of the techniques for Manual Handling Risk Assessment
  • Gain an understanding of Ergonomic Principles
  • Understand manual handling principles and techniques
  • Develop the qualities necessary for effective manual handling instruction
  • Acquire effective preparation techniques for manual handling instruction
  • Develop skills for the competent delivery and evaluation of manual handling training
  • Develop better presentation and communication skills
  • Practice course preparation and delivery skills and techniques
  • Demonstrate their understanding of the process of preparing and delivering a manual handling course

Course Content:

  • Legislative Requirements and Health Benefit
  • Anatomy and Back Care
  • Ergonomic Principles and Risk Assessment
  • Manual Handling Principles and Techniques
  • Planning and Design of Manual Handling Training Programmes
  • Delivery of Manual Handling


All assessments are carried out in accordance with QQI regulations.
      Assignment:    20%
      Examination(theory based):     20%
      Skills Demonstration:  60%

Certification & Award

A QQI Certificate of Achievement will be issued following the validation of results by QQI and the appropriate credit under the National Framework of Qualifications will then be obtained by the candidate.