STA Manual Handling TP&IS

The STA's Manual Handling Training Passport and Instructional Scheme is designed to provide an understanding of:

  • The basic principles of manual handling and Ergonomics;
  • 24 hour back care;
  • Types of injuries, how they can occur and how they can possibly be avoided;
  • Legislation, relating to manual handling;
  • Risk assessments


  • To be able to perform a risk assessment, in relation to their own work environment;
  • To be able to understand and demonstrate the correct technique for sitting at a desk;
  • To be able to understand and demonstrate a safe warm up and stretching exercises and techniques;
  • To be able to understand and demonstrate the correct techniques for lifting, pulling and pushing;
  • To be able to identify incorrect handling techniques/practices and suggest more appropriate alternatives.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must:

  • Be 16 years of age, or older, at the time of the examination.
  • Pay the requisite registration fee to the STA.
  • Attend a course of instruction for a minimum of 4 hours.
  • Be physically capable of fully participating in all aspects of the course.
  • Other than specified above no other prior experience or knowledge is required.


The qualification is assessed as set out below; candidates must satisfy all of the following:

  • Completion of the self test worksheets to the satisfaction of the course tutor.
  • Complete the practical sessions to the satisfaction of the tutor.
  • Achieve a minimum of 6 out of 8 questions to pass the final worksheet.

Contact Time

4 hours.


The Manual Handling Training Passport and Information Scheme qualification is valid for 2 years only. If however the Employers risk assessment determines that there is a higher risk involved from manual handling in the working environment, then the training should be undertaken again after 12 months. Re-validation is granted after successfully carrying out the requirements of the syllabus in force at the time. A re-validation fee is payable to the STA. Regular on-going training and practice is essential.

At present:

  • If the candidate has a recognised and current passport, then only Unit 2 (module B) needs to be re-taken.
  • However the main points of Unit 1 (module A) need to be recapped to ensure that the candidate still maintain their knowledge.
  • The revalidation course is a minimum of 2 hours contact time.
  • The candidate will not be required to complete the Self Test Worksheets, but will still need to complete:
    • The Risk Assessment.
    • The Final Worksheet (pass mark 6/8).
    • All Practical Skills.
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