QQI Level 5 Health Service Skills - Code 5M3782 / Patient Moving and Handling Certificate / Occupational First Aid Certificate


1 year

Course type



The purpose of these three awards is to enable the students to acquire the knowledge, skills, and competence to work under supervision in providing support in a variety of Healthcare settings or to progress to further and or higher education and training. The specialist modules allow students to select based on their chosen area of interest.  In response to a growing ageing population and the development of care of the Older Person services in Ireland, the demand for skilled and competent healthcare assistants is expected to grow significantly over the coming years whereas a Physiotherapy Assistant works with a Physiotherapist to assess and treat people whose movement is restricted by injury, illness or age. They use techniques to help with injuries and disorders of muscles and joints. Alternatively, an Occupational Therapy Assistant works with an Occupational Assistant in a Healthcare setting to assess and treat people individual support needs.

Entry Requirements          

An interest in working as a Healthcare Professional. Work experience in the area would be an advantage.

Programme of Study

Core Modules
  • Care Support
  • Communications
  • Work Experience (120 hours may be required)
  • Infection Prevention and Control
Elective Modules
  • Care Skills
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Palliative Care
  • Patient Moving & Handling

Modules offered may be subject to change due to resource demands.

Additional Training

Occupational First Aid and Patient Moving & Handling also offered.

Work Experience

Supervised clinical experience in nursing homes, hospitals, and other health facilities is incorporated into this course.  This will take the form of one day per week for the academic year .

Students are required to undertake Garda Vetting prior to work placement commencing.

Career Opportunities

The Healthcare Service Skills award is the Department of Health’s recommended qualification for all Healthcare Assistants working in the public and private sector.  Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy assistants can work in any healthcare setting under the supervision of qualified Physiotherapists or Occupational Therapists.


Graduates who achieve the required standard may progress to further studies in the FET sector at level 6 or to IT Colleges/Universities through the Higher Education Links Scheme as outlined in this brochure.