QQI Level 6 Manual Handling Instructor Course

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Manual Handling Instructor CourseQQI Level 6 Manual Handling Instructor Course aim:

The aim of this QQI Level 6 Manual Handling Instructor course is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to effectively design and deliver manual handling instruction in the workplace.

QQI Level 6 Manual Handling Instructor Course objectives:

On completion of this QQI Level 6 Manual Handling Instructor course 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

QQI Level 6 Manual Handling Instructor Course location:

This course is delivered through blended learning (Zoom, online through elearning and the assessment in the classroom.

QQI Level 6 Manual Handling Instructor 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

QQI Level 6 Manual Handling Instructor Course 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. (at least 10 Mbps download speed). This can be tested in advance of the course will arranging a practice log in by sending an email to [email protected] or using this online tool https://www.highspeedinternet.com/tools/speed-test. This should be tested prior to the course commencement.

The course must be completed by the learner on their own in a quite location on a computer at a desk/table.

QQI Level 6 Manual Handling Instructor Course Structure:

Day 1 Morning: Manual Handling Basic Course Theory. Afternoon: Manual handling Basic Course Practical Sessions

Day 2 Morning Manual Handling Delivery Theory. Afternoon: Manual Handling Skills Demonstration.

Day 3 Morning Manual Handling Training, Delivery & Evaluation: Afternoon: Manual Handling Skills Practice.

Day 4 Manual Handling Handling Theory Delivery and Skills Demonstration Assessment & Manual Handling Instructor Examination.

Course Assignments & Time Commitment

Learners will need to complete a number of assignments.
Manual Handling Risk Assessment on a manual handling task (Brief & template provided) of 750 words. Allow 2 hours to complete and due on final day.

eLearning. You will need to complete the elearning element of the course on our LMS in your own time prior to the course completion. Allow 6-8 hours for the completion of this.

Preparation of topic for 15 minute presentation. Allow 2 hours for this preparation. Delivered on the final day of the course.
Study for Manual Handling Exam (20 short questions). Allow 2 hours for study. Completed on the final day of the course.

Training Delivery Approach and Location
This course is delivered through 3 days on Zoom and be assessed on the final day in the classroom. Learners must be present online for the fully duration. They are expected to actively engage in the course by responding to questions.

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.

Why Qualtec?

Experience. We are delivering this course for the last 15 years and have trained over 1,000 learners. We were one of the first companies to be approved to deliver this course.

Satisfaction. We get great feedback on this course. Check out the testimonials below. People come away feeling competent to deliver it. We provide a money back guarantee! If you are not satisfied after the first day we will refund the course fee!!!

Price. We are competitively priced. There may be cheaper out there. However we offer value for money.

Competence. All of our trainers are fully qualified to deliver this course.

Resources. On completion of this course learners will be registered on our elearning centre. In this they will have access to our PowerPoint presentation, guides, videos and useful links.

Pastoral care

As a trainer of trainer for 25 years Sean Kelleher is happy to provide guidance to learners on how learners can progress and develop as trainers. He has also completed a Professional Diploma in Positive Health so is qualified to provide personal advice in the area of Positive Health & Wellbeing.


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.


“It was a very enjoyable Manual Handling Instructor Course. Thank you.” Philip Niland, SAP Landscapes

“The Manual Handling Instructor Course was great and really happy with it. I will recommend it to others.” Natalia Lipinska, Celestica

“The Manual Handling Instructor Course was very well explained and delivered by the trainer. Colin Roycroft, Debenhams

“I enjoyed the Manual Handling Instructor Course and learned a lot. Good fun and great interaction.” John Hughes, JMH Services

“Sean and Shane were great. I really enjoyed the Manual Handling Instructor Course and loved the supportive atmosphere everyone gave. I felt very supported by the instructors to constantly improve and the feedback was always given in a very respectful way.” Chelsea Somerville, Debenhams

“I enjoyed the Manual Handling Instructor Course very much.” Danny Ruddy, Abbott Diabetic Care

“The Manual Handling Instructor Course was really efficient and productive with regards to the techniques, personal skills and practice.” Monika Giryczuk, CCS Cleaning Services

“The trainer did an excellent job and the Manual Handling Instructor Course was very good.” Bartosz Majewski, CCS Cleaning Services

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“Overall a great and enjoyable (Manual Handling Instructor) Course.” Catherine Dooley, DPD Ireland

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“Thoroughly enjoyable. I feel confident progressing to delivery.” Catherine Moran, Fitzwilton Hotel

“(Manual Handling Instructor) Course was very well delivered and there was good interaction from everyone on the (Manual Handling Instructor) Course.” Padraig Battrim, Jones Engineering

“I expected to be bored here, but I actually enjoyed every day of the (Manual Handling Instructor) Course. Full of life and hopefully I will be able to bring some of that energy to my own presentations.” Marie Murray, Andy Fogarty Sand and Gravel Ltd

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“Conor was very thorough and provided good feedback to all the group.” Maeve Barry

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