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Award in Manual Handling - Principles - City & Guilds

Information regarding your recent Award in Manual Handling - Principles - City & Guilds course booking with HSS Training

Failure to arrive before the specified course start time may result in delegates being refused entry, if you are going to be late on the day please call us as soon as possible on 0345 766 7799.
Please note we are unable to refund the cost of a course which is missed due to lateness, as such please ensure that you arrive at least 15 minutes before the course to avoid disappointment.

The delegate must have a good understanding of spoken and written English. Any problems with literacy or language comprehension should be declared at least 24 hours prior to the course.

This need not preclude attendance to the course, provisions can be arranged provided we can assess the delegates' needs. These will need to be authorised prior to the course by the accreditation.

Qualifications and Experience

No formal qualifications or experience are necessary.

Delegates are required to bring:

All delegates must bring photographic identification to the course, such as a passport, driving licence, or work ID. You will not be permitted to sit your exam without photographic proof of ID. If you have any concerns or queries, please contact us before your course.

Delegates are required to bring a hi-vis vest / jacket for courses taking place at an HSS location.

PPE can be purchased from HSS Training.

If you require further information, please contact us by telephone on 0345 766 7799 or email


Minimum contact time: ½ day course day, lasting a minimum of 3½  hours.


This course examines the cause & effect of manual handling hazards, the risks associated with incorrect manual handling operations and their control. It illustrates how to plan, prepare and effectively carry out a lift, outlining the fundamental principles of safe handling, in order to minimise the risk of physical injury.

Who will benefit from the course

This course is for those who plan or carry out manual handling activitiess as part of their daily work routine including both office and industrial workers and also supervisors and managers who coordinate manual handling operations by introducing them to:

  • Manual handling hazards
  • Introduction to risk assessment
  • Controls available to help prevent injury and reduce the risk of harm
  • Safe handling techniques - principles of manual handling theory

Delegates will be able to look carefully at their own work activities and contribute to the development of safer working practice in co-operation with their supervisors and managers.

Delegates requiring practical training in manual handling techniques should be referred to the City & Guilds Manual Handling - Principles & Practice programme.


Successful completion of the training programme for the Principles of Manual Handling course will enable delegates to understand:

  • That manual handling operations can be hazardous to health
  • How manual handling operations can cause injury and harm
  • The scope of legal requirements with regard to manual handling operations in the workplace
  • The process for assessing risks from manual handling and the factors that need to be considered in a manual handling risk assessment
  • The value of risk assessment and how it applies to safe manual handling practice

Theory Test

Individual written test with explanation of pass requirements.

Course Evaluation

Course Evaluation and close.


Face to Face Live Training

In a classroom environment consisting of:

  • Instructor led training

Individual and group activities:

  • Manual handling incidents and injuries
  • The mechanics of movement

Concluding with post theory test consisting of 20 multiple choice questions. 80% pass mark.


On successful completion of this course, delegates are issued with a certificate accredited by City & Guilds valid for three years. They then need to undertake a further course to obtain another three-year certificate.

Failure Procedure

Delegates who don't achieve the minimum theoretical and/or practical assessment requirements will have the opportunity to resit these on another day.

Equality and Diversity Policy

HSS Training are committed to ensuring all delegates have an equal opportunity to achieve their chosen qualification. To this end, a range of provisions can be made for delegates with any special physical or learning needs (those delegates who speak English as a second language are also eligible for additional support). HSS Training will always seek to abide by the Equality and Diversity policy it has in place. A copy of this is available upon request.

Complaints and Appeals Procedure

HSS Training is accredited by a number of different Awarding Bodies. Awarding Bodies are external organisations who provide support and closely monitor HSS Training standards. These organisations can be contacted at any time with concerns or queries.
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