Become a qualified manual handling instructor by completing this 5-day intensive training course. This QQI accredited level 6 course is available nationwide – Scroll down for more information and entry criteria.


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Manual Handling Instructor Information

Our Manual Handling Instruction course provides participants with the tools, knowledge and practical experience to be able to effectively design and deliver training in lifting and supporting loads in the workplace. This is a QQI-accredited course comprising all aspects of component specification 6N0233, ensuring the knowledge and skills gained on this programme are of the highest industry standards and are fully up to date in terms of legal requirements in the field of Manual Handling.

This is an intensive 5-day course, running from 9am-4.30pm each day, which covers all relevant features of manual handling training in 6 units (see Overview section).

This is a highly-interactive course which draws on participant behaviour both in class discussions and learning activities. Our experienced instructors will guide participants through a wide range of invaluable techniques and theoretical points for effectively providing manual handling training to others. Practical learning scenarios also form a key part of the course, allowing participants to grasp and confidently instruct in the workplace.

Course Overview

Our Instructing Manual Handling (6N0233) course is a QQI-accredited level 6 course available in Waterford.

Learning is divided into the following six units:

  1. Legislative Requirements and Health Benefit
  2. Anatomy and Back Care
  3. Ergonomic Principles and Risk Assessment
  4. Manual Handling Principles and Techniques
  5. Planning and Design of Manual Handling Training Programmes
  6. Delivery of Manual Handling Training


The assessment takes the form of:

Assignment (20%)

Skills Demonstration (60%)

Theory-based Examination (20%)

The Assignment is undertaken by participants in response to a brief with specific guidelines, and with a deadline attached. This focuses on learning obtained in Unit 3 (Ergonomic Principles and Risk Assessment). Participants will be required to demonstrate theoretical knowledge in the field and be able to practically apply such learning. This can involve showing one’s ability to carry out an effective risk assessment, review a case study encountered on the course, or develop a lesson plan for manual handling instruction. The assignment is submitted in written form and should be submitted 2 weeks after the completion of the course.

The Skills Demonstration will require the participant to complete a task or series of tasks that display a range of skills (based on units 4, 5 and 6). This involves demonstrating capability in a range of handling techniques, evaluating other participants’ performance in handling as well as showing effective communication skills in providing information related to training.

The Examination will test the participants’ grasp of theory (from sections 1-3) in the form of 20 short-answer questions. At least 16 questions must be answered correctly to pass.

Successful participants will be awarded a QQI Level 6 Manual Handling Instruction Certificate.

Training approach

Group learning is a fundamental aspect of this course. Participants will often work together to solve problems and discuss elements of the course. Practical scenarios are also frequently employed to clearly communicate important points of information related to the programme.

Participants’ study on this course is complemented by carefully-developed instructional handout material and visual guides (such as flipcharts and PowerPoint presentations delivered by our experienced tutors).

Course Outcomes

On completion of this course, Participants will be able to:

  • Assess current legislative requirements of their role in the workplace (including load regulations and principles of prevention)
  • Identify the health and organisational benefits of a well-planned, coherent approach to the management of manual handling (such as the development of a manual handling policy, staff consultation, the implementation of appropriate controls)
  • Illustrate their  knowledge of anatomy and back care related to manual handling work, including: awareness of the components of the spinal column, risk factors for back injuries, proper back posture both at work and at home)
  • Apply the concept of ergonomics  to the workplace
  • Perform risk assessments for manual handling through the use of proven case studies/scenarios
  • Employ a comprehensive approach to avoiding and reducing injuries (including a critical analysis of a range of manual handling equipment)
  • Apply the main principles of manual handling to a range of related tasks, with an emphasis on evaluating whether a particular load can be handled safely
  • Carry out a range of handling techniques, such as lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, supporting or putting down a load by one or more persons
  • Develop their own manual handling training programmes to include lesson plans with clear objectives and effective supporting material.
  • Establish resources in the workplace necessary for planning and supporting the delivery of effective manual handling training programmes
  • Apply  adult learning principles to enhance training effectiveness


4010190: Manual Handling Instructor 6N0233

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