The Moving & Handling Clients Safely – Level 2 Course is designed for students who want to learn / gain certification about the movement and handling of individuals to maximise their physical comfort. Although this course mainly covers the moving and handling of people, the health and safety principles detailed can be used for all loads.

The course covers the moving of individuals who require assistance to move from one position to anotherand the assisting of clients, to prevent and minimise the adverse effects of pressure and also examine moving and handling methods, to prevent damage to pressure areas. The importance of recognising the individual's needs and wishes, and involving them in the decision making process is also covered along with the assessment of health and safety risks to clients and care workers.

On successful completion of this course students will receive an accredited Level 2 Certificate Award.

The course includes the following units:

  • Unit 1: Preparing Clients and Environments for Moving and Handling

The following topics are covered: Legislation and local/organisational policies concerned with moving and handling; Prepare the environment, aids and equipment for moving and handling; Why it is important to prepare yourself for moving and handling; Prepare yourself prior to moving and handling individuals and objects; Why it is important to prepare the client for moving and handling; Appropriate clothing and footwear for care workers; Methods used to assess risk; and Moving and handling methods.

  • Unit 2: Using Manual Techniques to Assist Clients to Move from One Position to Another

The following topics are covered: Support to clients during the process of moving and handling; Importance of supporting clients during the process of moving and handling; Why it is important to maintain the privacy and dignity of clients; Safe moving and handling techniques; Problems encountered during moving and handling clients and how to overcome these; Recognise unsafe moving and handling methods; and Why it is important to offer explanations and move and handle individuals with the same care.

  • Unit 3: Using Equipment to Assist Clients to Move from One Position to Another

The following topics are covered: Different types of equipment, used to assist clients to move from one place to another; Appropriate aids and equipment; Prepare to use equipment; Safe moving and handling techniques using equipment; Report equipment faults; Procedures for cleaning equipment and returning it to storage after use.

  • Unit 4: Reducing the Adverse Effects of Pressure

The following topics are covered: Consequences to the individual of adverse pressure; The causes of damage to the skin and underlying tissues (pressure sores); Effects of pressure sores on the client; Importance of preventing pressure sores; Risk factors associated with pressure sore development; Risk Assessment documentation and assess risks; How pressure sores develop and how they are graded; Use of the aid and equipment available to reduce the risk of pressure sore development; Make practical interventions – including positional changes and maintaining mobility – consistent with the plan of care; Educate and inform clients and their carers about the causes and prevention of pressure sores; and Identify and deal with potential / actual problems


The good news is that no prior learning knowledge or experience is essential to take this course. This course is openly available to anyone wishing to learn more about moving and handling clients safely.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. As the course is self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period and our student support team are also available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course.


The ABC Awards certificate is gained by successfully completing a series of assignments together with an end of course multi-choice questionnaire.


ABC AwardsOn successful completion of this course students will receive a Moving & Handling Clients Safely Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 2 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

Further information about Ofqual’s Qualification & Credit Framework level descriptors can be found at

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process. This means that the course developers (NCC) have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria.

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