Contact Hours:
21 Hours (Lecture & Group Work)




Applied Ergonomics

Attendees will gain practical experience in ergonomic assessment and controls by participating with a professional ergonomist on a site-visit. Attendees will first review ergonomic assessment strategies and evaluation tools, then perform on-site task/station assessment, and finally, prepare a professional ergonomic report and presentation.

This course with support material fulfils the requirement for re-certification

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and determine severity of risk factors
  • Develop attack strategies for ergonomic assessment of tasks
  • Knowledge of and ability to use tools (physical) of practice
  • Determine evidence for constructing ergonomic controls
  • Preparation and delivery of an ergonomic assessment report and presentation

Who Should Attend

  • Ergonomic Professionals with fundamental training in applied ergonomics.
  • Therapist whom require advanced training.
  • Safety and related professionals whom require advanced training.

Educational Level


Contact Hours

21 Hours (Lecture & Group Work)

The Matheson Difference; in order to enhance the learning experience, these learning tools will be used in the curriculum:

The resource will be available through the Matheson web site. Students may visit the site to review evaluation tests and techniques at their own pace.

Workshop Hours

Registration on the first day is from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Subsequent day begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break at 12 noon and two 15 minute breaks around 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Course ends at 3:00p.m. the last day.

Course Approvals

AOTA CEU’s awarded based upon completion of the course in its entirety



Matheson Education and Training Solutions is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers.





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Matheson Education and Training Solutions LLC
166 S River Rd Suite 240
Bedford, NH 03110
Phone: 1-800-443-7690 (Toll Free)
603-358-6525 (Int’l)
Fax: 603-358-0116

John LaCourse, PhD, CPE, CEES

“Dr. John,” as he likes to be called, is a board-certified professional ergonomist providing service in ergonomic engineering. He is also Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering within the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of New Hampshire. He specializes in engineering controls of cumulative trauma disorders. Dr. John’s expertise has been tapped nationally and internationally by courts, industry, national boards, and the military.

Day 1: 8 AM -12 Noon, 1-5 PM, 7-8:30 PM (If needed)

Workshop: Review of Risk Factor Assessment and Tools

  • Identification of Risks Factors and Their Severity
  • Physical Measurement of Risk Factors
  • Whole Body and Upper Extremity Evaluation Tools
  • Washington State Caution and Hazard Zone Surveys
  • Rapid Entire Body Assessment
  • Rapid Upper Limb Assessment
  • ANSI-Z365
  • Strain Index
  • Hand Activity Level
  • Manual Material Handling Tools
    • NIOSH Lifting Formula
    • Liberty Mutual Lifting Tables
    • Washington State Lifting Index
    • Liberty Mutual Push, Pull, Carry Tables
  • Use of Tools of the Trade (Push-Pull Gage, Goniometer, FSR, etc.)
  • Site Specific Tools

Day 2: Workshop, 8 AM -12 Noon, 1-5 PM, 7-8:30 PM

Workshop: Site Visit and Site Task and/or Station Assessments

  • AM: Site Visit
  • PM: Group Assessments
    • Observations
    • Data Analysis
    • Constructing Evidence
    • Building the Case

Day 3: 8 AM -12 Noon

Workshop: Presentation Preparation

  • Report Preparation
  • Group Case Presentation Preparation & Practice

Day 3: 1-3 PM

  • Group Presentations and Report Delivery to Site Personnel
  • Summary and Awarding of Graduation Certificates

“This Ergonomics Evaluation Certification Program is extremely valuable. Dr. LaCourse is an excellent instructor with years of hands-on experience. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in reducing cumulative trauma disorders.”

“Also, I just completed my very first FCE today……. And it was AWESOME!!! I could hear you talking in the back of my head the whole time! Very exciting!! Thanks for such a great learning experience!”

“I was so impressed with my entire Matheson experience.”

“As a provider of FCEs for 12-plus years, I have been through several training programs. I would recommend Matheson without reservation. Thanks to your training, my staff is the best prepared in my area. It has made a difference for my business and has set us ahead of our competition.”

“Far and away the best certification course I have attended in my seven-year professional career. The instructors are knowledgeable and apply all of the information to real-world scenarios. Thank you!”

This Ergonomics Evaluation Certification Program is extremely valuable. Dr. LaCourse is an excellent instructor with years of hands-on experience. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in reducing cumulative trauma disorders.”

“Of all the FCE training I have received, Matheson is the most evidence-based. I like that it is a battery of standardized tests, and not a standard battery of tests. It also requires thinking as an evaluator, unlike other programs that don’t allow you to consider any non-quantitative factors, which results in an opinion of functional capacity lacking in external validity. The Matheson FCE makes the most of what is available right now.”

“The Amended ADA Webinar was outstanding and I really appreciate your willingness to do them.  You have gotten to the heart of the matter in the “gray areas” that people have familiarity with, but are not comfortable discussing.  I treasure every one of these webinars.  They have helped me be a better evaluator and allowed me to speak intelligently to our employers and other referral sources.”

“I just wanted to e-mail you and let you know that I found this webinar to be extremely helpful to me in my position as an the on site PT manager. In my opinion your webinar provided excellent information about the ADA issues we may face and invaluable advice to avoid legal pitfalls related to our work site analysis and testing procedures.”

“We are utilizing the Matheson philosophy not only for Functional Capacity Evaluation, but also for the foundation of interdisciplinary treatment of chronic pain patients at our clinic in Waltham MA, Boston PainCare. The culture of function is throughout all of our departments, interventional, functional rehabilitation, medication management, sleep, and behavioral.
Spending the week training for FCEs in Keene, NH was very exciting as it allowed me to know that we are not only on the…”

The instructors did an excellent job of breaking down the complex concepts into the most simple and understandable pieces of information. My folders of countless papers from various sources, both online and off, have been consolidated into one well-laid out reference book!

Thank you for having the Essential Function Job Analysis course available. I have been doing job analyses and post offer test formulation at my company for 8 years now and this course taught me that we need to (and will) make some adjustments to our procedures to better defend any possible legal challenges. That means a great deal to me as a business owner.

“Your webinars have made me a better evaluator and allowed me to speak intelligently to our employers and other referral sources.”


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