QQI Level 6 Manual Handling Instruction Certificate

About the Course

Do you know the correct way to lift? Have you completed a manual handling course? Our training shows participants how to carry out manual handling tasks correctly and thereby avoid back injury. Back injuries caused by incorrect manual handling techniques are one of the most frequent causes of workers compensation claims.

Under current health and safety legislation staff must be given training in safe manual handling techniques:

Regulation 68 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 defines ‘manual handling of loads’ as:

‘any transporting or supporting of a load by one or more employees and includes lifting, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying, or moving a load, which, by reason of its characteristics or of unfavourable ergonomic conditions, involves risk, particularly of back injury, to employees.’


It is possible for companies to avoid taking part in a manual handling course if they comply with Regulation 69(a) of the 2007 Regulations which states that, in order to avoid the need for manual handling of loads by employees, every employer must:

  • Take appropriate organisational measures, or
  • Use the appropriate means, in particular mechanical equipment
Duration Half days

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Skillnet courses are eligible for funding which will reduce this price. The size of allowance is dependent on your training needs analysis.

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Who should attend?

All staff engaged in manual handling activities during their working day.

Course Content

  • Dangers of careless and unskilled methods
  • Principles of levers and laws of motion
  • Anatomy of the spine and muscular system
  • How the body is harmed through incorrect handling techniques
  • How to handle loads safely
  • Lifting to and from ground level
  • Lifting to and from a height
  • Pushing
  • Pulling
  • Lifting (bags, sacks, barrels, where appropriate)
  • Other organisation specific lifting tasks
  • Competence testing

Benefits of a QQI Level 6 Manual Handling Instruction

  • Lift and handle loads safely
  • Recognise a load which is too heavy or awkward

Delivery of course

The course combines lectures with “hands-on” practical work using different types of materials.


QQI Level 6 Manual Handling Instruction Certificate