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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

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.

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  • Pre-recorded streaming video of actual course
  • Purchase and take this course immediately
  • Complete at your own pace
  • All course material provided immediately
  • Up to 3 months to complete the course (contact us for additional time)
  • Certificate and CEUs awarded after completion
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Participate in a Kenosha, WI course from the comfort of your home/office using live video feed and high definition video streaming!

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If you are an existing or prospective Functional Capacity Evaluation Software and/or Return to Work Software customer please choose the Software User course version as you will be provided some extra tutorials associated with OccuPro's software.

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Course Overview

Who Should Attend:

  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Chiropractors
  • Medical Doctors
  • Kinesiologists
  • 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

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

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!

Why OccuPro?

Our instructors have a combined 30+ years of FCE testing experience, have trained and certified medical providers all over the world, and are involved in ongoing reliability/validity research. You can be confident you are implementing an evidence based, valid, and reliable approach when you choose OccuPro.

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For additional information, please contact us at 1.866.470.4440 or info@occupro.net.

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What People Say About Us

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

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

Working full time makes finding time difficult. Being able to complete the course in PJs is wonderful. I LOVE the On Demand course format!

Jason Geml
Divinity Home Care

Jim Mecham does a GREAT job of making a new subject or area of practice fun, but also educational. He's mighty experienced in this area. The course exceeded my expectations.

Tom Rothery, MS, OTR/L
OccuCare

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

Course structure, content, and delivery exceeded expectations. I especially appreciate the ongoing support provided regarding clinical and technical questions, even after course completion.

Dr. Michelle Nieves
Maximum Function

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

Diane Barrickman
ATTACHI Physical Therapy

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

Blake Alvey, MS, OTR/L

The On Demand course was extremely informative and I'm so glad I took it this way because I clicked the back button about 100 times so I could take accurate notes. I am so pleased with the course, the content, and materials. This was great and I'm very thankful.

Amanda DiGiovanni, OTD, OTR/L, MLD/CDT, CAPS
SOHO

I could tell that Jim is an expert in this field. Him and his staff are very approachable and responsive to any questions or concerns and seem to always go above and beyond in helping us. Great company to work with!

Jean Dutton, MS, LAT
Mile Bluff Medical Center

The whole kinesiophysical approach as opposed to a psychophysical approach is going to make a huge difference in how I do FCEs. Also, the decision charts are going to take a lot of that guessing work out of extrapolating information to predict a client's abilities!

Michael Hartford
Cary Medical Center

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

Jim Mecham was very good! He was easy to understand, provided great PT examples, and related the material to rehab practices, which made the course very interesting.

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