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 P3880.

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

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

Alisha Takahashi, PT, DPT
Spectrum Physical Therapy

I took the On Demand course and felt the information was well presented, organized, and the methods are easy to follow. I am looking forward to putting what I have learned into our practice. 

Alfonso Garcia, PT, OCS
Tri-Physical Therapy & Wellness Center

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

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

I really liked the small class environment. I felt comfortable asking any questions and any/all questions were well answered. All of the hands-on training and the FCE practicum was beneficial. I also really liked the software and its ease of use.

Sarah Hellenbrand
Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital

I enjoyed the ability to ask questions specific to my work situation and getting feedback on how to apply information learned in the course.

Rainene Miller, CMT
Dorn Companies

Jim was down to earth, personable, and very professional. He was able to relax the class and got everyone to participate.

Woodraw Hepler
Arkansas Department of Corrections

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

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

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

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

Eric Ahonen was very knowledgeable about the ins and outs of functional capacity evaluations and how they should be performed. He gave great insides and practical knowledge based on his years of experience in this field. He was patient, approachable, and hands-on.

Brian Cupit, DPT
Concentra Health Solutions

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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