Course Overview

For those trainers already certified as People Handling Instructors there is a process called RPL available to upgrade their certification to QQI Level 6.  The learner will be required to complete an application form detailing their prior knowledge and experience then National Safety Centre will recommend whether the applicant is a suitable candidate. 


Entry requirements

Learners who have achieved the Level 6 Specific Purpose Certificate in Manual Handling Instruction.

Learners seeking access to programmes leading to this award must have relevant people handling experience


    Participants who have completed this course will be able to

    • Effectively design and deliver people handling instruction having received the appropriate training and knowledge, skills and experience on the subject.
    • Carry out people handling risk assessments at their place of work.
    • Give practical demonstrations and have appropriate teaching materials


    Who should attend?

    Learners with an interest in designing and delivering manual handling instruction and manual handling risk assessments at their place of work.


    Recognition of Prior Learning (R.P.L.)

    The RPL process is most suitable for instructors who have previously received a People Handling Instructor Certificate or recently attended an update people handling course, and regularly provide people handling training courses.



    3 Days


    Maximum Number of Candidates Per Course

    8 Maximum


    Course Content

    •  Unit 1: People Handling Risk Assessment
      • Explain the people handling risk assessment process through the use of people handling scenarios.
      • Identify protocols and procedures which may impact on the people handling risk assessments process, to include an understanding of the concept of balanced decision making, infection control, challenging behaviour, critical medial emergencies, complex clinical issues, human rights and the fluctuating mobility level of the person.
      • Describe a range of controls to avoid and reduce the risk of injury to include a critical analysis of a range of people handling equipment.


    • Unit 4: Delivery of People Handling Training
      • Deliver instruction in practical people handling techniques to a group of learners


    • Unit 3: Planning and design of People Handling Training
      • evelop people handling training programmes, to include lesson plans with clear objectives, appropriate material and aids to support learning and strategies to motivate changes in people handling practices.


    • Unit 2: People Handling Principals and Techniques
      • Apply the main principles of manual handling to a range of people handling tasks, with particular emphasis on the need to carry out a personal and dynamic risk assessment to determine if the people handling tasks can be carried out safely.
      • Carry out a range of appropriate people handling techniques to include transferring, supporting, gliding, rolling, sitting, standing and mobilisation for people who need assistance.
      • Analyse the learners performance of people handling techniques.



    • Skills Demonstration - 60%  
    • Examination - Theory Based (20 short-answer questions) - 20% (Pass = 16)
    • Assignment (to be submitted after the course) - 20%

    Pass mark for certification 50%



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