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IQ Level 2 Award in Safe Moving and Handling (QCF)


Qualification Number 600/7172/2
Title IQ Level 2 Award in Safe Moving and Handling (QCF)
Category National
Sector General Skills | Health & Care | Health & Safety
Operational Start Date 28/03/2013
Operational End Date 31/12/2016
Total Units 1 Min Credit 2
Min Guided Learning Hours 10 Max Guided Learning Hours
Min Age From 16 Min Age To 100

Registration Fee : £9.50

This is the administrative fee that IQ charges centres to register a learner on this qualification, and NOT a training fee. All fees include registration, certification and postage (international delivery rates may apply).

Qualification Purpose

About this Qualification

The IQ Level 2 Award in Safe Moving and Handling (QCF) is a knowledge and competence based qualification for individuals who are either completely new or returning to work in a position involving safe moving and handling. It provides learners with formal recognition of their knowledge and competence. By way of the single mandatory unit, all learners will cover the reasons for safe manual handling, the contribution of manual risk assessments for improving health and safety, the types and principles of equipment used in manual handling and how to apply them. Objectives of the qualification include preparing learners to progress to a qualification in the same subject area but at a higher level or requiring more specific knowledge, skills and understanding, meeting relevant programmes of learning, preparing Learners for employment and supporting a role in the workplace.


Learners can progress to the Level 2 Award in Moving People Safely, Level 2 Award in Occupational Health and Safety or the Level 2 Certificate in Health and Safety in the Workplace using credits already achieved as the single unit features within them.

Take this Qualification

If you are interested in taking this qualification and would like to find your nearest IQ centre, please give us a call on 01952 457 452 and a member of our team will be happy to help.


To achieve this qualification learners have to achieve 2 credits from the single mandatory unit.

IQ Level 2 Award in Safe Moving and Handling (QCF)
Mandatory unitMinimum Units:1
 Minimum Credits:2
 D/602/4593Manual handling safety at work2210


Assessment for the single unit in this qualification is by multiple choice examination for the knowledge-based learning outcomes and portfolio (internally set and marked and quality assured by IQ) for the competence-based learning outcome.

An Achievement Record for this qualification which includes the forms necessary to map and claim knowledge and competence is available to download from the IQ website. All assessment criteria must be met and mapped and the location of the evidence must be indicated in the achievement record.

This qualification is not graded, successful learners achieve a pass.

The multiple choice assessment for learning outcomes 1-3 of the single mandatory unit are available on line or paper based.




Number of MCQ questions

Learning outcomes

Time allowed


Manual handling safety at work

Multiple choice exam:  externally set and marked by IQ


Learning outcomes 1-3

45 Minutes

Portfolio: Internally set and marked and quality assured by IQ


Learning outcome 4 only


Learner Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. However, learners should be able to work at level 1 or above and be proficient in the use of English Language. They must be physically capable of engaging in moving and handling activities.

Tutor Requirements

All trainers/assessors and internal verifiers delivering this qualification must meet the requirements as per the Proskills QCF Assessment Strategy. See Appendix A, located at the end of this document.

Centre Requirements

Centres must be approved by IQ in order to offer this qualification.



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