1. Qualification Overview
This qualification is designed to educate Learners in the principles and practice of safer manual
handling of objects. It outlines the reasons for safer manual handling, its legal requirements and
informs Learners about the process of completing risk assessments to reduce the risk of harm. The
Learners will get the opportunity to practice the principles of safer manual handling on their own, using
equipment and as part of a team. QA Level 2 Award in Safe Moving and Handling (QCF) is part of the
Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), regulated by Ofqual.
1.1 Aim of Qualification
The aim of the qualification is to enable Learners to understand, practise and apply the principles of
safer manual handling of objects. With this understanding they can then operate in a safer working
environment when moving objects.
1.2 Structure of the Qualification
This qualification has a single mandatory unit with a credit value of 2 and has 10 guided learning hours*
in total. The full unit details can be found in Appendix 1.
*Guided Learning Hours (GLH) are provided as a guide to the estimated hours an average Learner
would study to gain the unit. This does not have to be face to face instructional time and can include
self directed study at home, such as reading course hand outs and further self study. The minimum
contact teaching time that this qualification should be delivered in is 6 hours (1 day) excluding breaks.
If a Centre wishes to shorten the contact teaching hours they must first provide a rationale for doing so
and gain approval from Qualsafe Awards prior to the delivery of any qualifications.
1.3 Intended Audience
The qualification is designed for people who have to carry out manual handling tasks in their place of
work. This includes industrial and office based environments. It is suitable as an introduction to those
starting work that involves manual handling activities, those returning to such work or simply as safety
1.4 Entry Requirements
There are no formal entry requirements however it is advisable that Learners have a minimum of Level 1
in literacy or numeracy or equivalent.
1.5 Relationship With Other Related Qualifications
QA Level 2 Award in Safe Moving and Handling (QCF) contains 1 unit that appears in a number of
qualifications offered by other awarding organisations. Therefore the unit achieved in this qualification
can be transferred to these qualifications, eg. Level 2 Award in Moving People Safely.
Some possible routes of progression are:
• Level 2 Award in Moving People Safely
• Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace
1.7 Other Course Requirements
Due to the practical nature of this course, Learners will need to wear appropriate clothing and footwear,
e.g. trousers and flat shoes.