Online Course
Exploring Transfers
Improve your knowledge of safe transfer techniques

1.5-2 hours





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Robin Tacchetti
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Robin Tacchetti is a doctor of physical therapy whose work has focused on the academic and humanitarian sectors.

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Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems

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A transfer can be viewed as the safe movement of a person from one place or surface to another. Transfers provide an opportunity to train an individual to enhance independent function. Transfers require varying levels of assistance, from stand-by assistance to maximum assistance. They may also require assistive devices such as sit-to-stand devices or hoists. This course will explore the role of patient transfers and the principles and procedures required to develop competency in patient transfers.


This course aims to provide foundational knowledge of safe patient transfers.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Optional Practical Activity and Case Study Discussion
  4. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


  • Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.
  • Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1.5-2 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
  • Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.
  • Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.3 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • identify the key benefits, risks, indications, precautions and levels of assistance for patient transfers
  • discuss at least three guiding principles to ensure safe, appropriate transfers in clinical practice and common patient transfer techniques
  • identify an appropriate transfer technique for a patient in a simple case scenario

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Robin Tacchetti: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
Very informative! I will now be more careful and remember some critical cues while transferring patients safely.
Phalak Pankaj Buch
It was a very informative course. Although I used to teach manual handling to care staff in NZ, I still learned something new from doing this course.
Abigail Restorick-Vyse
United Kingdom