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The aim of this QQI Level 6 Manual Handling Instructor course online is to equip learners with the knowledge, skill and competence to effectively design and deliver manual handling Courses.

Course objectives:

On completion of this QQI Level 6 Manual Handling Instructor course online learners will be able to:

  • Explain the main components of relevant manual handling health and safety legislation
  • Define the main components of the spinal column
  • Explain the main risk factors for back injuries related to manual handling
  • Describe the concepts of ergonomics in relation to manual handling
  • Explain the manual handling risk assessment process
  • To be able to carry out manual handling risk assessments
  • Describe a range of controls to avoid and reduce the risk of manual handling injuries
  • Apply the main principles of inanimate manual handling to a range of manual handling tasks
  • Analyse the learners performance of manual handling techniques
  • Develop inanimate manual handling training courses
  • Deliver effective manual handling training courses
  • Demonstrate understanding of adult learning principles
  • Give effective instruction in practical manual handling techniques

Course location:

This course is delivered online through Zoom (live), elearning (on our Virtual Learning Environment) and in the classroom (face-to-face).

Course Content 

Unit 1 Legislative requirements for manual handling and health benefit
Unit 2 Anatomy and back care
Unit 3 Ergonomic principles and manual handling risk assessment
Unit 4 Manual handling principles and techniques
Unit 5 Planning and design of manual handling training courses
Unit 6 Delivery of manual handling training courses

Capacity to Succeed

Entry requirements

To ensure the greatest opportunity for successful participation in our programmes, learners are required to have a good command of English in terms of reading, writing and speaking.

This standard of proficiency is indicated by achieving or exceeding the standard of CEFR B2+ Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Learners who have achieved a passing grade in English at Junior Certificate level will be deemed to meet this criterion. However, learners for whom English is not their first language, are required to advise Qualtec, and may be required to provide evidence of proficiency.  This could include completing a standardised CEFR test or equivalent.

Learners should have basic IT skills. They will need to be able email, word process (Word) and use Presentation software (Powerpoint) and Zoom. They must have good broadband access and their own laptop/ tablet with microphone and speakers. The course should be completed in a quite location. This can be tested prior to the course commencement.

Course Assignments & Time Commitment

Learners will be required to complete the elearning element of the course in their own time (self-paced) prior to the final day. This will take up to 9 hours to complete.

Learners will need to complete a number of assignments.

Manual Handling Risk Assessment on a manual handling task (Brief & template provided) of 750 words. This should be completed in the workplace. Allow 4 hours to complete and due on final day.

Preparation of topic for 15-minute presentation.  Allow 4 hours for this preparation. Delivered on day 3 of the course.

Study for Manual Handling Exam (20 short questions). Allow 2 hours for study. Completed on day 3 of the course.

Course Structure:

The course is delivered and assessed over 5 days. 4 days on Zoom and one day in the classroom. Learners must be present online for the fully duration. They are expected to actively engage in the course through completion of polls and responding to questions.

Day 1

Morning: Manual Handling Course (Legislation, Anatomy & Backcare, Risk Assessment & Ergonomics) Theory.

Afternoon: Manual handling Course Practical Sessions

Day 2

Morning Manual Handling Risk Assessment Project. Manual Handling Course Planning and Delivery.

Afternoon: Manual Handling Skills Demonstration.

Day 3

Morning: Manual Handling Theory Delivery and Skills Demonstration Assessment

Afternoon:  Manual Handling Instructor Examination.

Expected behaviour / net etiquette

Learners are expected to be present during the live (Zoom) sessions and must have their cameras on. They are expected to participate during live sessions and answer questions to verify that they are listening. They must be on their own in a quiet location with their microphones on (these can be muted if disturbed).

Academic Integrity

Learners must complete all aspects themselves. Please read full Academic Integrity requirements as outlined in the Learner Handbook.

Technical Support

If learners have any academic IT issues, they can contact the trainer by email or [email protected] from 9.00 until 5 Monday to Friday. They can also contact outside these hours in the cause of urgent issues.

In successful completion of this course learners will receive a QQI Level 6 Manual Handling Instructor Certificate. This is a requirement by the HSA for manual handling training.

Progression. On completion of this QQI Level 6 Manual Handling Instructor course learners can progress onto the QQI Level 6 Patient Handling Instructor Course, PHECC FAR Instructor Course, PHECC CFR Instructor CourseAbrasive Wheels Instructor Course, Fire Safety and Fire Marshall Instructor Course, DSE/VDU Asssesor Course and the QQI Level 6 Training Delivery & Evaluation Course.