Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)
Certification Training Course

"The depth of explanation on FCEs is appreciated since I am new to them. Questions were addressed and information provided specific to my practice was appreciated."
Amy Nagel – Chicago Sports & Spine

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Our Functional Capacity Evaluation Certification Course is designed for professionals who are looking to implement a respected and researched FCE testing protocol into their medical practice. Obtain or expand your understanding of performing a kinesiophysical FCE protocol and walk away with the knowledge to plan, administer, and perform evidence based FCEs that exceed industry reliability and validity levels. Upon course completion, you will be deemed certified in performing FCEs and may apply to become a Certified Functional Capacity Evaluator (CFCE Certification). To obtain this level of certification, you need to submit 10 FCEs and have them reviewed and scored by our committee, or complete our Advanced Functional Capacity Evaluation Training Course.

Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize/identify the latest evidence based research on a kinesiophysical FCE approach
  • Explain and apply safe occasional, frequent, and/or constant abilities
  • Demonstrate an ability to perform/document safe, reliable, and defensible FCEs
  • Organize and extrapolate data to an eight-hour day
  • Identify common consistency of effort and reliability of pain methods
  • Implement high level FCE documentation that enhances your reports
  • Participate in legal discussions that will back up your FCE results in a court of law
  • Apply to become a Certified Functional Capacity Evaluator by obtaining a CFCE Certification

Additional Course Content

  • Introduction to Functional Capacity Evaluations

    • The OccuPro evaluation philosophy
    • Principles of functional capacity testing
    • Proper FCE documentation
    • Creating your FCE report or using FCE software
    • Marketing and growing your FCE program
    • Selecting FCE equipment and setting up your testing space
    • Overview of the many types of FCEs you can perform
  • Functional Capacity Evaluation Performance

    • Intake process
    • Job analysis, job descriptions, DOT, and other ways to gather the jobs physical demands
    • Consistency of effort/reliability of pain ratings
    • Sitting and standing
    • Musculoskeletal testing
    • Upper extremity testing/coordination
    • Non-material handling, occasional material handling, and frequent material handling
    • Job simulation
    • Full FCE case study and practicum

Who Should Attend

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapist Assistants
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Chiropractors
  • Medical Doctors
  • Kinesiologists
  • Physicians
  • Allied Health Professionals

Education Level

  • Introductory
  • No prerequisites required
  • 15:1student to instructor ratio

Domain/Contact Hours/CEUs

  • Category 1: Domain of OT – Work
  • 22.5 hours (3 days)
  • 2.2 AOTA CEUs

Course Completion

  • Participation in the full three days of training
  • Completion of a full FCE on day three of the course
  • Completion of course quiz with a score of 80% or better in all course formats

Course Schedule

Day One:

  • Look into the foundation of performing FCEs and how the tests you are performing are legally defensible
  • Learn how to market and grow your functional capacity evaluation program
  • Find out what equipment you will need and how to set up your FCE testing space
  • How to determine consistency of effort and reliability of pain

Day Two:

  • Determine if the subjective pain is reliable using RPE, functional pain scale, McGill, Oswestry, Ransford and Waddell Signs
  • Learn to perform goniometric and inclinometric joint evaluation for general FCE and AMA impairment rating FCEs
  • How to perform fine motor and gross motor coordination taking into consideration evidence based consistency of effort
  • Learn to test kneeling, crawling, climbing, and dynamic/static balance

Day Three:

  • Using a kinesiophysical approach learn to evaluate and determine your client's occasional/maximum/safe lifting abilities
  • Evaluate, determine, and calculate maximal/safe frequent and continuous lifting abilities during various lifts
  • Perform and present a full hands-on functional capacity evaluation for certification

Course Approval

Approved Provider of Continuing Education Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer

We are an approved provider of continuing education by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Approved provider status demonstrates our commitment to meeting established AOTA criteria and guidelines for the development and delivery of quality education activities. Organizations that are AOTA Approved Providers have demonstrated a strong commitment in meeting the needs of occupational therapists and assistants in regards to ongoing learning and professional development.

We are recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer training courses to certified athletic trainers. Every course we offer is approved for continuing education units (CEUs) as defined by the BOC for certified athletic trainers. Our BOC approved provider number is P33880.

For your convenience, we have obtained physical therapy approval in many of the 50 states. If your state does not have approval at the time of your course purchase, we will get approval in your state for your chosen course. Please contact us for a full and current list of approved states!

What People Say About Us

Eric is a regular guy and relates to everyone in a likable manner. It's easy to see why he's successful with OccuPro.

Brian Swartzendruber, PT
Team Rehab

Eric Ahonen did an awesome job. He was very organized and presented concepts in an easy to follow manner — his pace was very conducive to learning. I didn't feel rushed and I was able to have all questions answered.

Jennifer Van Grinsven, OTR
Aspirus System

The course couldn't have been better! Eric was very knowledgeable from his own experience and presented all info very well. He was very thorough, a great communicator, open to all questions, and did an excellent job overall.

Jill Bailey, PT, DPT
Makovicka PT

I was apprehensive about taking the course online, but I was engaged the entire time and I don't feel like I missed out on anything but networking with those who would have been my classmates. Excellent job to Jim and the editors who put it together.

Elena Vega, LVN
CP Kelco

The course exceeded my expectations. I learned a lot of important information to use in the future. Eric did a great job and I would definitely take another class by him!

Justin Taylor, DC
Olympia Chiropractic and Physical Therapy

The depth of explanation on FCEs was appreciated since I am new to them. Questions were addressed and information provided specific to my practice was GREATLY appreciated.

Amy Nagel
Chicago Sports & Spine

The course exceeded my expectations. It was basic enough for newer people to easily comprehend, but detailed enough to make me comfortable applying it.

Laura Edmundson, MPT, DMT, COMPT

Thank you for a very informative and practical course on pre-placement post-offer screenings! I appreciated the extensive knowledge, expertise, and ability to adjust/tailor the course to the individual needs of attendees. The format allowed those new to the subject and the "seasoned" practitioner to gain very useful and current information. I hope to attend future classes and highly recommend this course to others who may be interested in this topic.

Kathy Wolf, OTR, CRC
Waukesha Memorial Hospital

Eric Ahonen was more than adequately prepared to present. He was very clear and concise with his presentation and always open to questions. Job well done!

Chris Leighton
Concentra Integrated Services

Jim was very professional and business like. He was able to reach out to the class and create class participation. Jim being down to earth really relaxed the class! 

Woodrew F. Hepler
Arkansas Dept. of Corrections

I have practiced for 29 years and have taken a lot of courses. This On Demand course kept my interest and was not difficult to complete.

Donna Klardie
St. Luke's University Health Network

Jim was very informative and was able to answer all the questions asked. He also gave personal examples and research based evidence which I really enjoyed.

Courtney Pincin, OTR/L
Carlisle Regional Medical Center
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