The AOFAQ Level 2 Award in Principles and Practice of Manual Handling (RQF) qualification is designed to provide learners with the knowledge and skills to safely move objects in the workplace.
The course builds on the best practice guidance from the Health and Safety Executive and provides learners with the opportunity to practice safe moving principles.
The Health and Safety and Work Act 1974 and the Manual Handling Operation Regulations 1992 require each employer to provide adequate supervision and training and as well as undertake manual handling risk assessments. This qualification will support employers to demonstrate their commitment to the legal obligations.
The qualification is ideal for new starters, existing staff and for refresher training.
Course Duration: Typically 1 day
Validity: 3 years
Compliance and Regulatory Requirements
The AOFAQ Level 2 Award in Principles and Practice of Manual Handling qualification which is designed to provide learners with the knowledge and skills to safely move objects in the workplace.
The Health and Safety and Work Act 1974 and the Manual Handling Operation Regulations 1992 require each employer to provide adequate supervision and training and as well as undertake manual handling risk assessments. This qualification will support employers to demonstrate their commitment to the legal obligations and whilst it does not qualify learners to undertake manual handling risk assessments independently, it will provide them with the knowledge to assist the employer in completing the legal requirement of carrying out a workplace risk assessment.
Name: AOFAQ Level 2 Award in Principles and Practice of Manual Handling (RQF)
Qualification Type: RQF
Guided Learning Hours: 10 (this qualification requires a minimum of 6 classroom hrs.)
Where this qualification is undertaken in less than 8 hrs, additional learner instruction may be undertaken through research i.e. Internet, reading or work based activities.
Class size maximum: 12 Learners (1 Trainer)
Validity: 3 years
Certificate Price £6.50 + VAT*
* No charge is made for Learners who have failed to attain required standard to receive the award.
1. Understand the reasons for safe manual handling
1.1 Outline the potential injuries and ill health associated with incorrect manual handing
1.2 Outline employers and employees duties relating to manual handling at work
1.3 Outline the consequences for non-compliance with health and safety requirements at work
2. Understand how manual handling risk assessments contribute to improving health and safety
2.1 Explain the terms ‘hazard’ and ‘risk’ in the context of manual handling work
2.2 Outline the process for carrying out a manual handling risk assessment
2.3 Describe the principle of the risk control hierarchy when applied to manual handling
3. Understand the principles, types of equipment and testing requirements associated with manual handling safety
3.1 Describe safe movement principles associated with manual handling
3.2 Outline the types of equipment designed to be used for manual handling tasks
3.3 Outline the requirements for the testing, servicing and examination of manual handling and lifting equipment
4. Be able to apply safe manual handling principles
4.1 Demonstrate efficient and safe manual handling principles when;
- A. Applying effort to, or moving a load or object manually on their own
- B. When using manual handling aids and equipment
- C. When undertaking a manual handling task as part of a team
- The practical Learning Outcomes are assessed by observation.
- Multi Choice Questions (MCQ) for theory and underpinning knowledge.
To Awarded this qualification the Learner must 100% pass of the assessments carried out by observation together with a percentage pass in the MCQ paper.
AoFAQ Centre and Trainer Support Materials
The following is exclusively available from AoFAQ to support the qualification:
- This gives details of all the Learning Outcomes with Assessment Criteria and full requirements for the qualification.
Scheme of Work:
- This is a detailed construction on how to present the qualification to Learners.
- AoFAQ have produced a professionally designed PowerPoint that maps the Learning Outcomes to assist the Trainer in presentation of the course. A sample of the slides can be seen in the above graphic.
All these items are available FREE of charge to AoFAQ Approved Centres when 10 Certificates are purchased in advance.
Trainer, Assessor and IQA Requirements
Trainer, Assessor Requirements
AOFAQ recognises the variety of qualifications available. In order to deliver this course, the tutor must have a teaching qualification and/or teaching experience and a suitable qualification in the field of health and safety. Tutors must maintain their own continued personal development to ensure subject currency.
Acceptable teaching/ training qualifications:
The tutor must hold one of the following:
- Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
- Certificate in Education (CERT ED)
- Diploma in Education (DIP ED)
- Preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector (PTLLS)
- Certificate in teaching in the lifelong learning sector (CTLLS)
- Diploma in teaching in the lifelong learning sector (DTLLS)
- Master of Arts in Education (MA ED)
- Master of Arts in Professional Development, Education and Training (MA PDET)
- Professional trainer certificate
- IHCD Instructional methods course
- Level 3 or 4 NVQ Learning and Development
- CIPD Certificate in Learning Practice
- Proof of 30 hours of training in any subject (must be verifiable)
If your teaching or training qualification is not listed, please contact us.
Acceptable subject knowledge qualifications may include:
The tutor must hold one of the following:
- Level 3 or 4 in Supervising/Managing Health and Safety in the Workplace
- NEBOSH Level 3 Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health
- NEBOSH Level 6 Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health
- IOSH Managing Safely
- Degree/ Dip HE in Environmental Health, Health and Safety etc
- Any other qualification approved by AOFAQ
No formal Trainer/Assessor qualifications
It is recognised that trainer/assessors may not hold formal qualifications but may have significant experience in undertaking these roles. It is expected that the trainer/assessors be registered and working towards formal qualifications within one year and that the qualifications are gained within two years.
Internal Quality Assurers
Internal Quality Assurers must:
Meet the criteria of the trainer as listed.
- Have working knowledge of the requirements of the qualification they are quality assuring at the time any assessment is taking place
- Have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the role of assessors
- Visit and observe assessments and carry out other related internal quality assurance
Note: It is understood that not all IQAs will be qualified initially, and that sufficient time should be considered to achieve these qualifications. During this time centres should ensure that IQAs are following the principles set out in the current Learning and Development NOS 11 Internally Monitor and Maintain the Quality of Assessment. This could be evidenced by holding a qualification such as:
- SQA Accredited Learning and Development Unit 11 Internally Monitor and Maintain the Quality of Workplace Assessment
- RQF Qualifications based on the Learning and Development NOS 11 Internally Monitor and Maintain the Quality of Assessment
- Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (RQF)
- Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (RQF)
- V1 or D34
Note: This list is not exhaustive.
Links and Downloads
|HSE link to guidance and information on the The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974||HSE HSW Act 1974|
|The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (pdf)||Manual handling at work – A brief guide|
|Qualification Specification||L2 Principles and Practices of Manual Handling Specification|