The risks arising from manual handling have been recognised by the Health and Safety Executive as evidenced in their regulations and advisory notices promoting good practice.

The qualification is designed for those who carry out manual handling at work and provides essential information about controls and hazards. Employers are required to take appropriate steps, including training, to reduce the risk of injury to employees who carry out any manual handling activities at work.

Qualification structure

This qualification is regulated in the UK and awarded by First Aid Awards. FAA are an Awarding Organisation regulated by Ofqual and SQA Accreditation. The qualification sits on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).

Entry requirements

The qualification is available to learners aged 14 or over.

It is recommended that learners should hold a minimum of Level 1 in literacy or equivalent to undertake this qualification.

There are physical demands within the manual handling assessment and learners will need to demonstrate the safe moving and handling of loads.

It may be possible to allocate a reasonable adjustment to a learner who has a disability, medical condition or learning need; learners should contact their training provider to discuss. Any reasonable adjustments granted must be in line with the FAA Reasonable Adjustments Policy.

Qualification delivery

The qualification has 6 assigned guided learning hours (GLH) and 7 hours total qualification time (TQT). GLH indicates the number of classroom contact hours that the learner will undertake. TQT includes GLH but also takes into account any unsupervised learning and is an estimate of how long the average learner will take to complete the qualification.

The minimum classroom contact time of 6 hours can be delivered over 1 day or spread over a maximum of 3 weeks. Each session must be a minimum of 2 hours.

The class ratio for this qualification is a maximum of 16 learners to 1 Trainer/Assessor.


The qualification does not have an expiry date but refresher training and keeping up to date with changes to policies, procedures and new legislation through ongoing CPD is vital.


Learners who achieve this qualification may progress on to other health and safety qualifications. FAA also offer qualifications in first aid, food safety and safeguarding should learners wish to diversify.


The qualification is assessed through practical demonstration of efficient and safe manual handling and a written assessment paper. Learners must successfully pass both parts of the assessment to achieve the qualification.

There is no grading of the assessment; learners pass or are referred.

course Fees £375.00

Maximum Delegates 16


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