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FCE + Return-to-Work +
Work Hardening/Work Conditioning
Certification Training Course

"If you are thinking about starting an industrial rehab program, the FCE + RTW + WH/WC Certification Course is a great choice. Jim takes you through step-by-step on establishing your program and is there for you afterwards to help you with the challenges. I highly recommend this course."
Scott Rea – Patterson Medical

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Our Functional Capacity Evaluation + Return-to-Work + Work Hardening/Work Conditioning Certification Course is designed for professionals who are looking to implement or enhance a full workers' comp/return-to-work rehab program. This course includes training in functional capacity evaluations, Functional Progress Notes, Functional Discharge Summaries, and work hardening/work conditioning, while using our profitable approach. Upon course completion, you will be deemed a trained evaluator and may apply for certification as a Certified Functional Capacity Evaluator (CFCE Certification) or a Certified Industrial Rehab Specialist (CIRS Certification).

Learning Outcomes

  • Define how to implement the most comprehensive return-to-work rehab program
  • Explain how to generate increased workers’ compensation rehab referrals, work conditioning referrals, and increased revenue
  • Produce evidence-based, valid, and reliable return-to-work testing
  • Differentiate between return-to-work testing, work hardening/conditioning, and FCEs
  • Produce an actual FCE and specialty workers’ compensation progress note
  • Show how to become a return-to-work specialty practice
  • Implement this innovative and profitable approach in any practice
  • Verbalize strategies taught to generate more revenue evaluating and treating workers’ comp patients
  • Illustrate how to implement our return-to-work rehab philosophy
  • List principles of return-to-work rehab and documentation
  • Apply to become a Certified Functional Capacity Evaluator by obtaining a CFCE Certification
  • Apply to become a Certified Industrial Rehab Specialist by obtaining a CIRS Certification

Additional Course Content

  • Functional Capacity Evaluation

    • Weigh various types of FCEs requested by referrals
    • Determine consistency of effort and reliability of pain results
    • Perform FCE musculoskeletal testing and impairment rating
    • Determine return-to-work ability during FCE performance
    • Evaluate non-material handling and upper extremity testing
    • Classify occasional, frequent, and constant material handling
    • Consider climbing, balance, sitting, and standing testing
  • Workers’ Compensation Progress Notes and Discharge Summaries

    • Apply our progress notes and turn your practice into a return-to-work specialty clinic
    • Apply skills learned through hands on implementation of these popular notes
  • Work Hardening/Conditioning Evaluation and Treatment

    • Double your referrals and learn the latest rehab techniques including evaluation, treatment planning, and daily patient progression

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 pre-requisites required
  • 15:1student to instructor ratio

Domain/Contact Hours/CEUs

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

Course Completion

  • Participation in the full three days of training
  • Performance and critique of a full functional capacity evaluation
  • Performance of a workers’ compensation progress note and discharge summary
  • Completion of course quiz with a score of 80% or better in all course formats

Course Schedule

Day One:

  • Learn, discuss, and conceptualize our innovative approach to treating the injured worker including how to significantly increase referrals
  • Outline and illustrate industrial rehab definitions/foundation and gain a general knowledge of this specialized field
  • Compose and practice proper industrial rehab documentation
  • Determine and calculate sitting/standing tolerance for eight hours and use this data to determine return-to-work recommendations
  • Choose various evidence based criteria for determining if your client put forth full effort during testing and if their pain reports can be consider reliable

Day Two:

  • Demonstrate and perform grip, pinch, fine motor, and gross motor coordination, evidence based consistency of effort, and determining ability
  • Administer, evaluate, and implement various job simulation testing to increase your tests overall validity
  • Determine, perform, and calculate maximal/safe frequent lifting abilities as well as RPE vs. Heart Rate
  • Perform a full functional capacity evaluation

Day Three:

  • Introduction to Functional Progress Notes and Functional Discharge Summary and how they will increase your work comp/work conditioning patients
  • Learn how to design treatment plans, progress your patients on a day-to-day basis, bill and increase patient volume/revenue
  • Learn how to set up a treatment plan, establish goals, and progress a patient based on a case study

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 training environment was very comfortable and was great to learn in. We received nice feedback and good food. Thank you for the salads!

Kelly Hogen, PTA
Osceola Medical Center

As a therapist who is new to FCEs, the hands on performing of functional capacity evaluations and use of software was extremely beneficial.

Ellen Stover, MPT, ATC
Physiotherapy Associates

The On Demand course surpassed all of my expectations! I expected to lose interest but Jim Mecham was very engaging, informative, took feedback/questions from the attendees and gave detailed answers!

Adam Muheisen, PT Technician
Michigan Neurology

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

OccuPro is great! The FCE + RTW + WH/WC Certification Course was instrumental in being able to gain market share in eastern NC. We looked at many systems and found OccuPro to be very educational, well taught, and organized. It was an affordable approach to meeting our facility and clinician needs in setting up our industrial rehab program. 

Dean McCall, PT, DPT, OCS
Martin General Hospital

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

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

The course was easy to follow, had lots of vital info, and taught me the dos and don'ts. Also, the On Demand format allowed me to watch from my couch! I provided great snack foods for myself!

Michael REnfro
Catalyst Sports Medicine

Jim Mecham is one of the best instructors I have heard! He had a very kind, comprehensive and thorough approach, mixed with a little humor that kept the attention of the class.

Sherry Haupt, DPT

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

OccuPro is an awesome resource and their customer service is impeccable!

Blake Alvey, MS, OTR/L

The course was great! I learned so much! It went by fast! Eric was full of energy. Thank you for the delicious lunch each day! :)

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