WorkAbility Examiner Advanced Course

Scheduled Offerings

Workplace initiatives to prevent injuries and needless work disability are creating new service opportunities for physical therapists, occupational therapists, athletic trainers, and other occupational health professionals. This 2-day seminar develops examiner skills to perform the WorkAbility Systems method of worker fitness screening, functional job analysis, and functional capacity evaluation (FCE). Attendees will receive hands-on training and mentoring to facilitate preferred provider contracting with employers.

Day 1 – Worker Fitness Screening & Functional Job Analysis
Covers worker fitness screening and functional job analysis skills needed to create a strong foundation for injury and work disability prevention. Lab sessions emphasize how to perform a worker fitness screen and functional job analysis from start to finish. Laboratory sessions will emphasize hands-on practice performing the NEW WorkAbility Movement Screen, job-specific tests, and reporting with ExamFIT and WorkerFIT software.

Day 2 – Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) & Progress Reporting
This part further develops examination and reporting skills needed to apply the WorkAbility Systems method of functional capacity evaluation for different FCE exam applications that relate to disability benefit claims, fitness-for-duty determination, or job accommodation requests.

Includes review of your 1st WorkAbility Functional Capacity Evaluation

Presented by: Rick Wickstrom, PT, DPT, CPE, CME


After completing the WorkAbility Certification Seminar, attendees are certified to begin performing WorkAbility Movement Screens, Worker Fitness Screens, Functional Capacity Evaluations, and Functional Job Analyses. Attendees that choose to become credentialed as a CWE (Certified WorkAbility Examiner) may request an application packet from WorkAbility Systems after gaining more experience with WorkAbility reporting applications. The CWE application process includes a peer review of functional capacity evaluation and functional job analysis reports to demonstrate competency with WorkAbility Examiner skills.

Occupational health consultants who are trained and equipped to perform occupational health services using the WorkAbility Systems method may join our WorkAbility Network (WAN) of service providers to support our statewide or national contracts with employers, case managers and claims representatives.

Workability MOVEMENT ScreeNER
Certificate Workshop


  • Saturday, February 24th, 2024 in West Chester, OH
  • Also available as a virtual seminar
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Fitness initiatives to promote physical activity and prevent musculoskeletal injuries of workers are creating new service opportunities for health and fitness professionals. The costs for treatment and disability are estimated to be $874 billion for chronic musculoskeletal disorders in the US. Unfortunately, the usual employment or wellness screening process for workers fails to provide objective measures of musculoskeletal health and physical function. As a result, workers aren’t guided to physical activities that are most suitable for them.

The WorkAbility Movement Screen is a brief, non-diagnostic screen of musculoskeletal risks and movement health. It includes functional tests of active movement and agility that are scored based on observations of the client’s performance during functional tasks. Results from these tests are used to facilitate worker transitions to suitable physical activity, therapy or fitness programs.

This seminar includes a balance of lecture and hands-on lab sessions to learn how to administer a Movement Screen from start to finish. Attendees must demonstrate competency by observing a series of videos of models who are performing the functional movement tasks. Attendees will also learn how to create individualized reports for the WorkAbility Movement Screen that identify follow-up recommendations to promote suitable physical activity and reduce risks for musculoskeletal disorders. Attendees should bring a stop watch and wear non-restrictive clothing and gym shoes.

Workshop Schedule

  • 7:30 AM – Registration
  • 8:00 AM – Movement Screens to Promote Physical Activity (Work, Fitness, Rehab)
  • 8:45 AM – Lecture and Lab: Active Movement Scale and Two Square Agility Test
  • 10:15 AM – Break
  • 10:30 AM – Case Applications with Video to Verify Competency.
  • 11:30 PM – Movement Screen Reporting & Triage
  • 12:15 PM – Complete Course Evaluation and Adjourn

Learning Objectives

  • Describe service opportunities related to movement screens
  • Apply screening principles and techniques for the Active Movement Scale
  • Apply screening principles and techniques to objectively assess ambulation agility
  • Identify documentation expectations related to a WorkAbility Movement Screen
  • Identify common issues for follow-up of information gathered during the screen

Presented by: Rick Wickstrom, PT, DPT, CPE, CME

Continuing Education

This course is designed to promote competency for administering the WorkAbility Screen by a broad range of health professionals, including physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, athletic trainers, exercise physiologists, nurse practitioners, chiropractors, physician assistants, medical doctors, and osteopathic physicians. No applications have been made for continuing education credits in any specific disciplines; however, a course certificate for 4 hours will be awarded to signify competency as a workability movement screener.