Manual Handling Instructor – QQI Level 6

Manual handling accounts for over one-third of all reported accidents in Ireland. Most accidents result in back injury, though the hands, arms and feet may also be injured. Specific legislation, namely Part 2, Chapter 4, of the General Application Regulations 2007, requires employers to designate a competent employee or engage a competent person to assist them in providing effective manual handling training to its staff.

Delivery Mode

  • Customised

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What's covered?

Total Contact hours = 35 Hrs Workshop + 65 Hrs Assessment

The course will be delivered in a combination of instructional and practical sessions. These sessions will cover the following topics:

Unit 1 - Legislative Requirements and Health Benefit
General Safety & Specific Manual Handling Legislation Management of Manual Handling Risk Assessment & Risk Management Controls

Unit 2 - Anatomy and Back Care
Anatomy of the Back and Physiology of Injuries Risk Factors for Back Injuries  Good Back Posture & Current Concepts in Back Care Strength and Flexibility Training

Unit 3 - Ergonomic Principles and Risk Assessment
Ergonomic Principles Biomechanics of Manual Handling Workstation Design Unfavourable Ergonomic Conditions  Manual Handling Risk Assessment & Risk Reduction Measures Assessment of Repetitive Tasks and Pushing / Pulling Tasks

Unit 4 - Manual Handling Principles and Techniques
Manual Handling Principles & Techniques Lifting Safely  Various Lifts and Carries  Assessing Delegate Performance

Unit 5 - Planning and Design of Manual Handling Training Programmes
Developing Manual Handling Programmes  Lesson Planning & Organisational Resources

Unit 6 - Delivery of Manual Handling Training
Presentation Skills and Training Techniques

Teaching Manual Handling Training Managing Group Dynamics & Understanding Adult Learning
Effective Communication Skills & Delegate Motivational Techniques.

Who should participate?

This course is aimed at those who wish to become Manual Handling Instructors (Operative level).

  • Participants who wish to attend the course should seek medical advice if they suffer from any medical condition, which may be exacerbated by physical exertion
  • Light comfortable clothing should be worn to allow participation in the practical elements of the course.

What will I learn?

Participants achieve the following learning outcomes from the programme;

  • Carry out a range of manual handling techniques and apply these to a range of manual handling tasks
  • Carry out risk assessments for manual handling tasks, pushing or pulling and repetitive tasks
  • Analyse a delegate's performance of manual handling techniques
  • Give effective instruction in practical manual handling techniques
  • Deliver effective presentations

Upon completion, participants will be provided with a training pack including a complete manual handling operative training course on CD-ROM, which can be utilised as a template for delivery of their training within their own organisations.

How will I be assessed?

Those delegates wishing to pursue QQI certification will be required to:

  • Complete a Practical Examination
  • Complete a Written Examination
  • Complete a Post Course Assignment. This final Assignment is due back to SQT 3 weeks after course completion.


The grading of the QQI award is as follows:
Pass                      50-64%
Merit                    65-79%
Distinction          80-100%

How do we train and support you?

In-House Courses
For In-House courses, the tutor will contact you in advance to discuss the course programme in more detail in order to tailor it specifically for your organisation.

Course Manual
Delegates will receive a very comprehensive course manual.

Programme accreditation

This course is QQI accredited at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications. The course meets the requirements of QQI Specific Purpose Specification 6S0242, a QQI Special Purpose Award. Delegates who successfully complete the course and pass all parts of the assessment will receive QQI certification.

Manual Handling Instructor – QQI Level 6


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