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


The purpose of this award is to enable the students to acquire the knowledge, skills, and competence to work under supervision in providing support in a variety of Rehabilitative 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 identified needs in this area, the demand for skilled and competent rehabilitative healthcare assistants is expected to grow significantly over the coming years.

A Rehabilitative Assistant works with occupational therapy teams to assess and treat people who have suffered mobility and other issues as a result of trauma, injury, illness or age. They use techniques to help with injuries and disorders of movement, muscles and joints.

Entry Requirements          

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

Programme of Study

Elective Modules

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Care Skills
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Rehabilitation Support
  • Care Provision and Practice

Core Modules

  • Care Support
  • Communications
  • Work Experience (120 hours may be required)
  • Infection Prevention and Control
Modules offered may be subject to change due to resource demands.

Additional Training

Occupational First Aid and Patient Moving & Handling is 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 will be required to undertake Garda Vetting procedures prior to work placement.

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.