UKFCE Certification Training

A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is a systematic method of measuring an individual’s ability to perform meaningful tasks on a safe and dependable basis. In 1983 the RMA Certified Work Capacity Evaluation training programme, which was renamed the RMA FCE Training programme, was initiated and to date over 18,000 clinicians in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia have trained in the RMA FCE.

Basing it on the well-known and respected RMA FCE Training Programme and endorsed by Roy Matheson Obair Associates has developed a UK version of the training programme targeted at rehabilitation professionals who are responsible for conducting in depth work-related functional assessments.

The UKFCE is a competency-based programme aimed at providing you with a high level of skill in designing and carrying out functional testing that will be useful in determining:

  • General current functional and work ability where the target job is not yet known.
  • Specific physical tolerance in comparison to the physical demands of a known job.

The UKFCE Approach versus other FCE systems

The UKFCE approach involves an in-depth, customised evaluation that combines both objective measures and professional clinical judgment in order to determine an individual’s current capabilities. Consideration is given to psychological and cognitive aspects, posture and mobility tolerances, upper limb function, manual handling, fitness and endurance, as well as the effort expended and the reliability of pain and disability self reporting. The training advocates a “best practice” approach and includes a hierarchy of practice with the individual’s safety as its basis, looking at reliability, validity, practicality and utility.

What you will be able to do

The UKFCE course will enable the rehabilitation professional to thoroughly, accurately and objectively evaluate and document an individual’s functional ability, determine the level of effort expended during testing and the reliability of pain and disability reports, write a concise report detailing the individual’s residual functional capacity as well as recommendations that facilitate job retention, return to work and rehabilitation needs.

Develop your skills as a “thinking evaluator”

The UKFCE approach develops the rehabilitation professional into a “thinking evaluator” and therefore does not dictate the use of particular equipment. Rehabilitation professionals may find that their department already has useful equipment and standardised tests that can be readily utilised in a customised UKFCE.