Course Details

This course has an online component and in person weekend

Online Modules open within 72 hrs of registration*

*Please note: The University of Saskatchewan is closed from December 18th to January 4th for the holidays. Registrations done during this period will not receive log in information for the online portion of this course until the week of January 4th, 2020

In Person Sessions Location and Dates:  January 22-24, 2021

Location: CBI Health Centre - Saskatoon Laurier

Confederation Mall 
300 Confederation Dr
Unit 64A
Saskatoon, SK 

Registration: Friday at 5:45 pm

Hours of Course: Friday at 6:00 to 9:00 pm; Saturday & Sunday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm 

Instructors: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Dueck, Richard Bourassa.  Online module on hand assessment by Cathy Sajtos

Registration Fees

$900.00 – early bird until January 1st, 2021

$1000.00 - regular rate

Target Audience:  Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Kinesiologists, Chiropractors.

Course DescriptionThis course will prepare registrants to use clinical reasoning during functional capacity evaluation.

  • The online course modules will include:
    • · Introduction to FCE & the clinical reasoning course
    • · Instruction on relevant history-taking/interviewing for FCE
    • · Instruction on neuromusculoskeletal structural assessment
    • · Didactic sessions on testing material handling abilities, dexterity/gripping/handling abilities, positional tolerance abilities, effort testing, administering self-reported outcome measures and observing for symptom behavior
    • · Presentation from SK Workers’ Compensation Board will provide information & examples of what are referral source requirements for FCE report
  • The in-person clinical component will include:
    • · Practice in administering functional assessment components
    • · Data collection & observations with assistance and guidance from instructors
    • · Didactic lecture on FCE report writing, with participant interaction through analysis of recorded data & observations.  Participants will produce an FCE report.

In Person Course Schedule:


  • Introduction
  • Review, discussion & questions & practice of intake/history-taking process
  • Review of structural exam intent & necessary team communication
  • Review, discussion, questions & practice of Questionnaires/Perceived Disability
  • Review, discussion, questions, & practice on Material Handling, Positional Tolerance Testing & Dexterity/Gripping Assessment


  • Introduction - Q & A from day 1 components
  • Continued practice / administration on Material Handling, Positional Tolerance Testing & Dexterity/Gripping Assessment
  • Instruction on MET Testing, Job Simulation Testing, Repetitive Movement Testing (RMT) & Repeat Testing
  • Practice on MET Testing, Job Simulation Testing, Repetitive Movement Testing (RMT) & Repeat Testing


  • Introduction – Q & A from Day 2
  • Report Writing using Clinical Reasoning

Learning Objectives:

On completion of this course the participant will be able to:

  • Design and complete an initial FCE intake process, history and interview.
  • Understand required components of a structural exam, administer and interpret a structural assessment, and identify critical findings from a structural exam that should be communicated with the functional assessor.
  • Demonstrate the ability to record FCE findings in a systematic and consistent manner.
  • Evaluate and interpret client material handling ability.
  • Evaluate and interpret client dexterity/gripping/handling ability.
  • Evaluate and interpret client positional tolerance ability.
  • Complete and interpret a work simulation evaluation.
  • Evaluate and interpret client effort.
  • Describe strengths and weaknesses of different effort tests.
  • Discuss areas of debate in FCE administration
  • To be able to evaluate and interpret perceived disability and understand the relationship between the client’s pain, perceived disability and observed function.
  • Describe appropriate valid and reliable outcome measure tools to evaluate perceived functional or pain status.
  • Demonstrate in groups, selection of appropriate methods to assess perceived disability and understand scoring of the forms.
  • Describe and demonstrate the use of MET testing, job simulation testing, repetitive movement testing and repeat testing.
  • Produce an FCE report that demonstrates clinical reasoning and connection between structural and functional assessments