FETAC Manual Handling Instruction

Manual Handling Instruction

Do you want to be a Manual Handling Instructor? Could you instruct a course?

Regulation 68 of the 2007 regulations 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.’ FETAC Logo

Avoid Manual Handling where possible

Regulation 69(a) of the 2007 Regulations 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

Click to view the HSA Guide to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Chapter 4 of Part 2: Manual Handling of Loads

Course Details

This comprehensive 5 day Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC) Specific Purpose Manual Handling Instruction (level 6) certificate course covers all the aspects of instructing in Manual Handling as outlined in component specification 6N0233. This is an intensive and highly interactive course which will equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to effectively design and deliver manual handling training in the workplace. Participants are trained in instructional skills techniques as well as the theoretical and practical aspects of manual handling. A list of learning outcomes is listed below. Please note that this award is available through a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Process for existing instructors with experience. See RPL section below. Successful participants on the programme will receive a FETAC Level 6 Manual Handling Instruction Certificate.

Who should attend?

Those that want to be qualified as a manual handling instructor or involved in carrying out manual handling risk assessments in the workplace.

Course Aim

The course will equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to effectively design and deliver manual handling training in the workplace.

Course Programme

  • Unit 1 – Legislation Requirements and Health Benefit
  • Unit 2 – Anatomy and Back Care
  • Unit 3 – Ergononics Principles and Risk Assessments
  • Unit 4 – Manual Handling Principles and Techniques
  • Unit 5 – Planning and Design of Manual Handling Training Programmes
  • Unit 6 – Delivery of Manual Handling Training

What to Expect

  • Highly participative and interactive course
  • Presentations by participants
  • Practical flexibility and strengthening exercises
  • Practical Risk Assessment Workshops
  • Course assessment – presentation and written exam

Methods of Training

The course will incorporate a wide range of interactive training tools including ice breakers, DVD’s, visual presentations, group work, individual tasks, problem based learning and exercises with a strong emphasis on practical application throughout. This course is extremely interactive, providing participants with the opportunity to prepare and practice their skills demonstration. All participants will receive a comprehensive Manual and training will be delivered on a ratio of no more than 12 participants to each instructor.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

The FETAC Level 6 award is available to current instructors through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Process. Instructors who want to go through this process will have to submit an application along with supporting documentation (portfolio) showing evidence that the learner has prior learning and experience relevant to manual handling instruction and has met all the learning outcomes required in component specification. The submission will be assessed against the manual handling instruction component specification. If successful the learner will attend an assessment day and complete the required assessments (Examination, Skills demonstrations) as outlined in the component specification. The learner will then receive a FETAC Level 6 Certificate in Manual Handling Instruction. The RPL process is most suited to instructors who have recently completed a manual handling instructor’s course or refresher course and are regularly delivering manual handling training courses. The HSA require all Manual Handling Instructors to be FETAC level 6 certified by the end of 2012.

Pre-Course Requirements:

FETAC Level 5 Certificate and/or relevant life and work experiences and/or leaving Certificate or equivalent qualifications.

FETAC Assessment/Certification:

Participants are required to complete an assignment, examination and make skills demonstration as indicated below. The fair and consistent assessment of learners is paramount to Nifast and is implemented through our QA system. All assessments are carried out in accordance with FETAC regulations and are internally verified and externally authenticated before certification is issued. All participants have the right to appeal their result and all appeals will be dealt with in accordance with the Nifast FETAC appeals procedure. All participants who successfully complete the written examinations and practical assignments will be awarded with a FETAC level 6 Special Purpose Manual Handling Instruction certificate and the appropriate credits under the national framework of qualifications will then be obtained by the learner. Participants will be given clear guidelines on how the assignment should be completed. The skills demonstration element will be completed and assessed during the course.

Summary of Assessments

  • Skills Demonstration 60%
  • Examination (Theory Based) 20%
  • Assignment 20% (to be completed in learners’ own time)


  • Pass 50-64%
  • Merit 65-79%
  • Distinction 80-100%

Skills Demonstration:

Candidates will be assessed in skills (based in Units 4, 5 & 6) in the following areas:

  • Carry out a range of manual handling techniques and apply to manual handling tasks.
  • Analyse learner’s performance of manual handling techniques.
  • Give effective instruction in practical manual handling.
  • Deliver effective presentation

Candidates should demonstrate the skills with due care and attention. A checklist will be used to assess the range of skills.


This is a theory based examination of approximately 90 minutes duration that assesses the candidate’s ability to recall and apply theory and understanding of components from units 1, 2 & 3, requiring responses to a arrange of short answer questions. The learner must achieve at least 16 correct answers to pass the assessment. Candidates will be required to complete the exam in writing or orally.


Each candidate must present an assignment which demonstrates their understanding of unit 3 and ability to carry out a manual handling risk assessment, discuss a case study or devise a lesson plan. The assignment should identify theoretical understanding and practical application on a range of specific learning outcomes in unit 3. The assignment must be presented in written or type format. The brief will require the learner to present information in relation to above mentioned areas. The assignment will be given to the delegates at the end of the course and must be submitted 2 weeks following course completion.

Please note that this is a modular course. Each course has its own specific timetable and participants are not encouraged to attend later modules or exam days on alternative courses, but Nifast will accommodate, when possible, the transfer to a later course/examination when participants cannot complete the course due to circumstances outside their control.

National Framework of Qualifications: Course qualifies as 10 credits towards FETAC (Level 6) Certificates and is a recognised module within the National Framework of Qualifications.

All participants’ names, gender, DOB and PPS numbers must be supplied to Nifast on Day 1 of the course.

Please let us know if participants have any specific learner requirements.