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Manual Handling Instructor and Assessor


Programme Overview
The primary purpose of this award is provide participants with the knowledge, skill and competence to effectively design and deliver manual handling instruction in the workplace and to complete manual handling risk assessments to statutory requirements.

Who should attend?
The Programme is designed for those who are engaging in manual handling instruction and assessment in their workplace.

Candidates should be 18 years of age or more, with a Level 3 QQI Certificate or equivalent in English. A basic Instructor/Train the Trainer qualification would be beneficial although not essential. A basic level of fitness and flexibility is required and some relevant life experience is desirable.


Duration: 5 Days

Programme Content:
  • Health and safety legal system
  • Manual handling operations
  • Hazards of manual handling and risk assessment
  • Physiology, physiotherapy and bio-mechanics
  • Principles of manual handling techniques
  • Presentation and delivery skills
  • Communication skills

In order to avail of this process candidates will be required to complete and return a Recognition of Prior Learning application form with supporting documents. This application form shall be assessed to determine suitability for the process. Candidates should have provided at least 5 days of manual handling training in the last year to be eligible. A basic level of fitness and flexibility is also required. The Assessor will provide feedback on whether the candidate can progress to final assessment or requires further training. The amount of extra training or guidance required will depend on the extent of the learners’ previous experience and training.

Assignment Details:
Participants must complete 2 assignments between Day 1 & Day 2:
  • Manual Handling Risk Assessment must be carried out on a manual handling task
  • An assignment to produce a lesson plan for a manual handling course

Assessment Day details:
Written exam
The examination will consist of 20 short answer questions and participants must achieve at least 16 correct answers to past the written part of the assessment.

Practical skills demonstration
The practical skills demonstration shall contain the following elements:
1. Carry out a range of manual handling techniques and apply these to a range of manual handling tasks
2. Analyse a learner’s performance of manual handling techniques
3. Give effective instruction in practical inanimate manual handling techniques
4. Deliver effective presentations


The programme is delivered by experienced Ibec Health and Safety Executives who provide members with health and safety advice, consultancy and training on a daily basis. Programme participants are encouraged to express their views and experiences. The programme facilitates participant discussion to ensure a thorough understanding of the key points and their application. Case studies and exercises will be used to ensure a real practical understanding of each subject.

A flexible approach is used throughout the training programme and priority is given to the demands of the group.

Upcoming dates:

Ibec, DublinOctober 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 2020

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