Advanced Functional Capacity
Evaluation Training Course

"The Advanced Functional Capacity Evaluation Course provides excellent information with regard to research to support your testing. This course is a must for anyone performing FCEs."
Don Harrison, JR MS, ATC, CFCE – Magnolia Regional Health Center

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Our Advanced Functional Capacity Evaluation Course is designed for rehab professionals who have experience performing FCEs and are interested in the latest evidence-based research. This training course goes above and beyond a traditional FCE course and will discuss the upcoming APTA/AOTA FCE best practice guidelines, legal precedent concerning FCEs, and recent/important government legislation to help you vault yourself into an expert in FCEs. Upon course completion, you will understand best practice guidelines and be deemed an expert in the performance and documentation of functional capacity evaluations and may apply for CFCE Certification!

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and select the most accepted evidence based FCE testing methodologies within literature
  • Describe and compare the pros and cons of using a kinesiophysical approach, a psychophysical approach, or a combination of both approaches
  • Compose and document advanced FCE testing methods to make sure your specific test is valid, reliable, and evidence-based
  • Summarize and interpret the implication of the Daubert Standard/Frye Standard and how to exceed these standards within your practice
  • Prepare objective documentation techniques that take your FCE tests to the highest of documentation standards
  • Compare and analyze the latest performance techniques from FCE industry leaders
  • Evaluate and consider in-house testing methodologies and commercially-based FCE testing methodologies to determine which have the most/least peer reviewed and published, reliable, and valid research
  • Apply to become a Certified Functional Capacity Evaluator by obtaining a CFCE Certification

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

  • Advanced
  • Previous FCE training required
  • 15:1student to instructor ratio

Domain/Contact Hours/CEUs

  • Category 1: Domain of OT – Work
  • 12 hours (2 days)
  • 1.2 AOTA CEUs

Course Completion

  • Participation in the full two days of training
  • Demonstration of current evidence-based FCE testing methodology comprehension
  • Participation in the FCE case reviews
  • Completion of course quiz with a score of 80% or better in all course formats

Course Schedule

Day One:

  • Explore the differences between kinesiophysical/psychophysical FCEs, various philosophies/methodologies, FCE clinical stands, and general practices
  • Discuss research associated with the early stages of a FCE you performed including the various methods of gathering sitting and standing abilities
  • Define 3 trial grip, five span grip, rapid exchange grip, coefficient of variation, and tests of hand dexterity
  • Explore and define evidence based methodologies to determine a client’s ability to perform occasional and frequent material handling

Day Two:

  • Discuss implications for hiring, return-to-work, and FCEs associated with the ADA, ADAAA, FMLA, EEOC and workers' compensation
  • Understand Dauber versus Frye and rules for admissibility of evidence
  • Look into recent and important court decisions associated with FCEs including Indregard v. Georgia Pacific, Goodyear
  • Discuss how to prepare for expert testimony in deposition or trial/how to critique opposing functional capacity reports

Course Instructor

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

The course discussions as well as the info provided via written manual, powerpoint, and jim's brain. were very helpful :) This course has made me more comfortable performing functional capacity evaluations!

Michelle Gifford, Certified Athletic Trainer
Magnolia Regional Health

Great course! Jim presented well, was informed on topic, and provided very detailed personal experiences that aided in the course.

Kyle Kleppinger, ATC, LAT
Industry Health Solutions

The course definitely exceeded my expectations. Jim was excellent, extremely knowledgable, and very helpful.

Diane Barrickman
ATTACHI Physical Therapy

I like the laid back discussions and small group interactions. I was able to learn a lot from everyone in the classroom. I was able to implement the research from the class into my practice right away.

John Miller, MS, ATC, CWCE, CRC
Ortho Carolina

Jim Mecham was the course instructor for the On Demand course. He is a very good speaker, very relaxed ,and very knowledgeable. He made a 7-hour video very tolerable.

David Velasco
XOOM/PayPal

Jim Mecham was very enjoyable and modified the course to fit our knowledge base!

Brenda Castellano, PTA
Ministry Health Care St. Joseph's

I had never done an On Demand course before and to be honest thought it would be difficult to sit through. The course exceeded all expectations. Jim was very captivating, interesting, and to the point. He even has a great laugh!

Maria McInnis, Registered Kinesiologist
Manitoulin Health Centre

Great program. It was just like being there in person minus the airfare and hotel cost. I highly recommend!

Lynda White, PT, MBA
MVP Physical Therapy

I learned a lot in this course and it was presented well and easy to understand.

Alisha Takahashi, PT, DPT
Spectrum Physical Therapy

The Advanced Functional Capacity Evaluation Course provides excellent information regarding research to support your testing. This course is a must for anyone performing FCEs.

Don Harrison Jr MS, ATC, CFCE
Magnolia Regional Health Center

I normally struggle doing continuing education via On Demand formats. However, the information and presentation method with OccuPro was engaging and very helpful. Nice job, Jim!

Jeffrey Johnson, MA, ATC
BTE Technologies

The combination of power point slides and handouts made following the video very easy.

Jamar Smith
Robinson Occupational Health and Wellness
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