Certificate in Manual Handling Instruction

Course Overview

 The course is suitable for all employees but good communication skills and flexibility would be some of the important traits of a manual handling instructor.  Participants must pass a competency exam at the end of the course before certification can be given.

 This course trains participants to implement a comprehensive manual handling policy within their organisation. Starting from carrying out risk assessments, to implementation of corrective measures such as equipment selection, workplace design and of course training of other staff in correct manual handling techniques and back care.  If you have deemed manual handling to be a risk in your organisation then you are legally obliged to provide training for staff and having an in-house Instructor and Risk Assessor is the most cost effective method of implementing this requirement.

Course Content
Day 1

Introduction, Legislation, Ergonomics and Risk Management.  

 This session introduces participants to the course and explains the role and function of the manual Handling Instructor and Risk Assessor within the organisation.  


 Legislation surrounding manual handling is explained in detail including the Safety Health and Welfare at work Act 2005 and the Manual Handling Regulations 2007.  Risk identification, assessment and control are fundamental principles behind current legislation.  


 This section takes an ergonomic approach to risk reduction and discusses the principles of risk management.  On completion of this sesssion participants will understand the application of ergonomics as a tool for reducing manual handling risks.

Day 2

Presentation Skills, Train the Trainer.

 The focus of this session is to provide participants with the knowledge and skills required to present effectively.  

 They will have the opportunity to put their acquired knowledge into practice in the form of short presentations which will be videoed and evaluated.  

 Workshops will address some of the issues which can arise during presentations, such as group dynamics and conflict.  The practical aspects of delivering a training course will be covered in detail.

Day 3

Anatomy, Physiology and Lifting Practice. 

 Participants will be introduced to the structure of the musculoskeletal system.  


 On completion of this session participants will have a thorough understanding of the mechanics of injury and will be able to explain how injuries can occur through poor manual handling practice.  


 Participants will be trained in correct manual handling techniques for various loads and will also be required to train fellow participants as an exercise.

Day 4


 On Day 4 participants will have the opportunity to re-visit the theory and practical work learned during the course.  They will be given direction in terms of the structure and content of their training day.  


 Practical techniques will be revised and scenarios and personal experiences will be called upon to walk through problems that can be encountered by the Manual Handling Instructor.

Day 5

Assessment - 1/2 day  

 The assessment consists of participants delivering a 5 minute presentation on manual handling, demonstration of training in a lifting technique and also a 1 hour written examination paper based on the information learned during the course.