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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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.

Request Information

For additional information, please contact us at 1-866-470-4440 or info@occupro.net.

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What People Say About Us

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

Jamar Smith
Robinson Occupational Health and Wellness

Eric was engaging, provided quality feedback, answered all questions throughout the day, and encouraged conversation. He was a dynamic speaker!

Elizabeth Veller, PT, DPT
Texas Health Resources

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

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

Excellent course, Eric clearly has exceptional knowledge in the software and OccuPro approach. All explanations were clear and concise. I have been impressed with the customer service provided with the program. I know that any question will be answered quickly and accurately.

Lisa Jackowiak, DPT
Thunder Bay 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 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

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

Jim did a nice job of presenting the info and interjecting his professional experiences. The content enhanced my knowledge of performing and interpreting FCEs. This was one of the better courses I have taken in years.

Gerard Dybel, PT, ScD, GCS
Clinical Rehab Specialists

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

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
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