QA Level 2 Award in Principles of Manual Handling (RQF)

This regulated and nationally recognised qualification provides learners with the opportunity to develop their understanding of the principles of safer manual handling. Click here for the latest publication from the HSE on Manual Handling Guidelines.

Intended Audience

The Level 2 Award in Principles of Manual Handling (RQF) qualification has been specifically designed for all employees to help raise their awareness of the risks associated with unsafe manual handling practices.

It is also ideal for those who might have to carry out manual handling as part of their job such as handling deliveries, parcels and boxes.

Course Overview

Over a half day period, learners will develop a greater awareness of manual handling, including:

  • common manual handling injuries,
  • the safe movement principles,
  • theory of safe manual handling principles and manual handling equipment.

For a more detailed overview of the topics covered, please download the Qualification Specification.

Please note that this qualification does not include practical sessions.

Those requiring practical training should undertake the QA Level 2 Award in Safe Moving and Handling (RQF).

Assessment Methods

1 x Theory assessment (Multiple Choice Question Paper).


Successful learners will receive a QA Level 2 Award in Principles of Manual Handling (RQF) e-Certificate.

Upcoming Course Dates