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QA Principles of Moving and Handling:

Learning Hours: half day

Venue: The course is designed to be delivered at the clients venue and may include (where practicable) a visit to the workplace area.

Requalification requirements: It is recommended that training is refreshed every 3 years.

Qualification overview

This Qualsafe Awards (QA) qualification is designed to educate Learners in the principles of safer manual handling. It outlines the reasons for safer manual handling and the legal requirements. It will help the Learner to understand how risk assessments can improve safety and how to reduce the risk of harm. Note: This qualification is theory based and does not include practical training.


The aim of the qualification is to help Learners understand the principles of safer manual handling so they can apply what they learn to their working environment and make their practices safer.

Intended Audience

This qualification is suitable for all employees to raise their awareness of the risks of unsafe manual handling practices and for people who may have to carry out manual handling as part of their job, e.g. handling deliveries, parcels and boxes. It is suitable:

  • To raise awareness about the importance of safe manual handling
  • As an introduction to those starting work that may involve manual handling
  • For those returning to work that may involve manual handling


There are no formal entry requirements but to benefit from the learning we advise that Learners have a minimum of Introduction in literacy or numeracy or equivalent. Learners must be at least 14 years old prior to registration.

Assessment Methods

Formative assessments – a range of informal assessment procedures employed by the Trainer/Assessor during the learning process to measure each Learner’s knowledge, skills and understanding related to the assessment criteria .

Multiple choice questions paper/theory assessments - there is one paper for each Learner and Learners should answer all the questions under ‘examination’ conditions.

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