Instructor Courses

People Handling Instructor Training Course – QQI Level 6

Our 3-Day People Handling Instructor training course meets the national standard required for trainers involved in healthcare and other associated industries, where moving and handling of people is required. This course meets the full curriculum set down by QQI as well as the requirements of the ‘Safety Health and Welfare at Work act 2005’ and the ‘General Application Regulations 2007- Chapter Four Part 2 Manual Handling of Loads’.

This instructor training is also fully compliant with the HSE standards for training in hospitals and HIQA standards for training in care homes. Some people refer to this course as patient handling, however as this training applies to nursing homes as well as hospitals the appropriate term is considered people handling.

How is the training deliverd

Our 3 day people handling instructor training course is delivered using a blended learning approach. The course is delivered partly in person, partly over a live video link and via e-learning. All learners have access to our state of the art learner management system (LMS), which has up-to-date video instruction detailing current legislation and best practice in manual & people handling. All video content has been written, produced, delivered by Guardian Safety’s in-house training experts and are based on the most recent guidance set down by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA). All learning materials are included within your learner management system, including videos, documentation and government publications. We’ve also provided all the material you require to deliver a people handling training session. Our live video training sessions are delivered through our live portal, which is set up at a predetermined time for each course. Learners can also access the E-content 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with no access restrictions (video cannot be downloaded due to copyright).

Training Courses can also be delivered privately at your premises at any time.

Daily Lessons Breakdown

  • Introductions
  • Sign in.
  • Registration sheet for QQI emailed.
  • Aims of the course explained.
  • Objectives stated for each of the 3 days.
  • Assessment explained for all sections of the course.
  • Introduction to our e-book for reference material
  • Review Legislation as previously covered in the Manual Handling Instructors course
  • Tutor will explain and review risk assessment particular in relation to people handling
  • Understand and explain personal and dynamic risk assessments.
  • Tutor will go through the different mechanical aids used in the healthcare industry.
  • Understand care plans, and the procedures when assisting people.
  • The tutor will start the practical demonstration of the different people-handling techniques applying the principles of manual handling and relating them to people-handling techniques. Using the different mechanical aids available.
  • Tutor will go through different scenarios with service users as the techniques are being demonstrated
  • Learners will start to demonstrate the people-handling techniques to be analyzed by the tutor
  • Review of the day’s learning
  • Question and answer session
  • Poll completed.
  • End of session
  • Sign in.
  • Questions from Day 1
  • Any issues with accessing the e-book reference material
  • Explain the format for the day.
  • The tutor will continue the practical demonstration of the different people-handling techniques applying the principles of manual handling and relating them to people-handling techniques. Using the different mechanical aids available.
  • Tutor will continue to go through different scenarios with service users as the techniques are being demonstrated
  • Learners will continue to demonstrate the people-handling techniques to be analyzed by the tutor.
  • The tutor will explain how to plan and design a people-handling training course and the areas that must be covered.
  • Learners are given the topic for their delivery of a section of the people handling programme to be presented on Day 3.
  • Tutor to review presentation skills. Lesson plans, venue checklists, mechanical aids needed and objectives to be reached. Understand the difference when dealing with a living human being and an inanimate load.
  • Being positive and flexible when dealing with people who may need assistance.
  • Review of the day
  • Question and answer session.
  • Poll completed.
  • End of session
  • Sign in.
  • Questions from Day 1 and 2
  • Explain the format for the day.
  • Demonstration by learners in instructing fellow learners different people handling techniques and critiquing them positively and negatively. This will be videoed and assessed by the tutor as put of the People Handlin Instructors course.
  • Delivery by learners, of a section of a people handling course. This will be recorded and assessed by the tutor.
  • Review of the day.
  • Questions and answer session.
  • Exam completed.
  • Tutor explains to learners when the people handling risk assessment project is due and what is expected from this project. 
  • End of People Handling Instructor course.

Whats Included With your People Handling Instructor Training

Learners will receive lifetime access to our private web portal, and they will be able to access all the necessary resources to deliver their own People handling training course

Learners will also get two complementary courses: eLearning Presentation Skills and eLearning Online Manual Handling with Video Upload

The lifetime access to our private web portal includes materials such as

PowerPoint Presentation for your use

HSA guidelines documents

Assessments & Administration Documentation such as exams, sign in sheets and appraisals

Videos for you to use in your presentations and for your own refrence

Sample Certificate templates

Useful Links to:

• Health & Safety publications
• Codes of Practice
• Relevant court cases
• Book of Quantum
• And so much more…

Ongoing support will be provided to learners after course completion via live access to your trainer via our LMS.

To help build your confidence and competence you can come back to us to sit and view our manual handling course and even deliver a section to live participants


On successful completion of this course learners will receive 2 certificates:

QQI Level 6 Certificate in People Handling Instruction
this cert is awarded directly from QQI and can take approximately 2 months to be delivered to the participant.

Guardian Safety Certificate in People Handling Instruction
Participants are awarded a Guardian Safety Certificate as an interim cert while they await their official QQI Certificate.


There are three parts to the assessment, participants must pass all three assessments to qualify for the award.

  • Skills Demonstration (60%)
  • Theory Exam (20%), and
  • Assignment (20%).

Participants, as part of the programme assessment, will be required to demonstrate good practical people handling skills. Participants will also be required to instruct and assess other learners in correct people handling techniques in a practical setting, using a variety of equipment.

Participants will further be required to present a selected theoretical module from the Guardian Safety People Handling Training Presentation. The assessment presentation to de delivered will be of 15 minute duration approximately and will focus on one of the following components:

  • Introduction to Manual Handling and Legal Overview
  • Risk Assessment for Manual Handling
  • Anatomy of the Spine and Injury Potential
  • Fitness, Flexibility and Posture Issues
  • Key Ergonomic Principles
  • The Key Points of Safe Lifting using the ground level lift as an example

There will be a short written test of knowledge as well as a requirement for participants to complete a work-based people Handling Risk Assessment Assignment based on specific approved templates that will be provided, as well as a detailed assignment brief.


Each participant will be graded and awarded based on there results the grades are as follows

Pass 50% – 64%     Merit 65% – 79%    Distinction 80% – 100%

If you are not happy with the grade you recieve and want to appeal it please fill out our Grade Appeals form.

Number of Participants Per Course

The maximum number of users per course is 12.


To access programmes leading to this award the learner should have reached the standards of knowledge, skill and competence associated with the preceding level of this award where one exists. This may have been achieved through a formal qualification or through relevant life and work experience. Learners who have achieved the Level 6 Specific Purpose Certificate in Manual Handling Instruction may access programmes leading to this award. Learners seeking access to programmes leading to this award must have relevant people handling experience

Language Requirement:

To access courses leading to QQI level 5 and 6 programs (or equivalent) learners will require a good level of English, both oral and written. The minimum standard required  for learners of whom English may not be their first language, or for those who have not completed primary or secondary education in English, is set at Level B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Language CEFRL.

Evidence of competence and certification to this standard can also be demonstrated by means of the following assessments:

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) – Minimum overall band score of 7.0

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – High Intermediate level required on 4 skills.0

5N1632 QQI Level 5 English as a Second Language



Achievement of this award will enable the learner to progress to other appropriate programmes leading to awards at the next or higher levels of the National Framework of Qualifications.

Learners who achieve this award may transfer into programmes leading to the Level 6 Specific Purpose Certificate in People Handling Instruction. See QQI Programmes

Learners who successfully complete this award may also progress to a range of different awards. See QQI Awards

What Makes us Different!

Our Continuous Support Promise

Once you complete your people handling instructor training course with Guardian Safety, you are welcome to come back to observe or assist in the delivery of people handling training in our training centre with the guidance of one of our trainers. This will help participants to build up their confidence and competence after they have completed the people handling instructor training. Many of our past learners have said this is an invaluable service that no other provider offers and has enabled them to become top-class instructors.

Our Tailored People Handling Instructors Material Package

All participants will receive access to our live online portal where you will find everything you will need to deliver a successful and engaging people handling course. The material will include PowerPoint presentations, sign-in sheets, multiple-choice exams, legislation, sample certificates, and other relevant documentation. this is a live system which is constantly updated so you will always have access to correct and up to date information.

We take our customer service seriously

if you have any complaints or if you have any recommendations on how we can provide our customers with a better service please feel free to contact us or fill out our complaints form.


If you have any questions please contact us 

What will I learn from this course?

This course covers everything you need to know to become a people handling instructor, equipping you with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to train employers and employees in all aspects of people handling.

How long does a People Handling Instructor Course last?

The people handling instructor course take 3 days to complete.

What assessment are required to complete your People Handling Instructor Course?

There are three aspects to the QQI Assessment Skills Demonstration, you will be required to demonstrate your knowledge in all three by;

1. Giving a practical skills demonstration 

2. Completing a theory Exam

3. Completing an assignment

What type of award will I receive for my People Handling Instructors course?

Successful Candidates will receive the QQI Level 6 People Handling Instruction Award. This is a special purpose award at level 6 on the National Frame work of Qualifications

How are the People Handling Instructor results graded?

Preliminary grading will be done in-house by us, but then we send your work to an external authenticator who will verify the grades and amend any if necessary. the grades are as follows 

Pass 50% – 64%     Merit 65% – 79%    Distinction 80% – 100%


Is there any prerequisites to do this course?

Learners who have achieved the Level 6 Specific Purpose Certificate in Manual Handling Instruction may access programmes leading to this award.

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