Certification & Training
Currently, there is no standardized certification process for FCEs. The FCE vendor generally provides training. No research exists at this time about the optimal length, content, and type of training needed for FCE evaluators to develop and maintain expertise in FCE administration, data analysis or reporting. The certification process differs among FCE vendors. Each evaluator should be a seasoned clinical professional (minimum two years of clinical/field experience). These professionals can come from a variety of different backgrounds that include (but are not necessarily limited to): Physicians, Chiropractors, Physical and Occupational Therapists, Exercise Physiologists, Kinesiologists and Athletic Trainers.
webFCE Certification & Training is Quick and Easy
The potential new “evaluator” completes a web-based multiple choice examination that covers the DOT-RFC battery and webFCE software. If they pass (minimum score of 80%), they receive a “certificate of completion” and join a list of certified evaluators. This certification process will help ensure that the evaluator will at least have a basic level of competency on how to perform an FCE, will know how to interpret the results of an FCE and will also have a general understanding of the overall framework and operation of the webFCE software program.
Each evaluator can also opt to receive additional training in the technical operation of the software & basic testing and evaluating procedures/protocols that are employed while utilizing webFCE. As an additional “optional” quality assurance check, webFCE can perform a quality “over-read” of the first few functional capacity evaluations performed. This over-read includes; a “technical review” to ensure testing met protocol standards, a “clinical assessment” that ensures that the report generated achieves all of the referral source’s objectives and verification that the data supports the evaluator's conclusions and/or recommendations. This feature is always available “at the click of a button” to help assist the evaluator in generating and substantiating their reports. All of the individual testing components of the webFCE protocol are well-supported with peer-reviewed literature that is easily accessible and chronologically organized.
Highly Recommended Reading
Guide to the Evaluation of Functional Ability: how to request, interpret, and apply functional capacity evaluations. Elizabeth Genovese, MD; Jill S. Galper, PT. American Medical Association.