Ergonomic Evaluation Certification Program

This introductory program gives you a solid foundation in the performance of complete, objective, and defensible ergonomic evaluations. Throughout your career, you will refer back to what you learned here when you judge new evaluation tools or training programs.
Working in teams, you will perform ergonomic evaluations of various media-recorded work situations. The evaluation process we teach is based on current best-practice standards. You will come away with a battery of risk assessment tools for work tasks requiring strength, upper extremity dexterity, and whole-body endurance (tools include those based on NIOSH guidelines, ANSI protocols, and published industrial and clinical literature). Further, you will gain the skills you need to begin addressing basic ergonomic design issues in office and industrial workstations.

Learning Outcomes

Each of the nine sections of the Matheson Ergonomics Manual contain learning objectives as follows:

Chapter 1 – Introduction to Ergonomics
1. Students will identify different types Ergonomic processes and their use and justification. This will take place through classroom discussion and application in the course practicum project.

Chapter 2 – Program Development
1. Students will identify tools used for the analysis of incidence rates and utilize the tools in a small group case study. Small group exercise results will be presented to the class with instructor critique and feedback. This exercise will be repeated as part of the practicum project on the 4th day class.

Chapter 3 – Risk Factors
1. Students will identify 4 ergonomic risk factors during video movement analysis while watching videos of real work being performed. Each group will present to the class their analysis of their video with critique from the instructor.

Chapter 4 – Survey Tools
1. Students will choose and complete correctly 4 ergonomic survey tools by applying the appropriate tools to the video case studies used in their group. Students will apply these tools a second time during the Ergonomic Practicum at the end of the 4 day class with review and critique by the instructor.

Chapter 5 – Anthropometrics
1. Students use Link analysis to design work for individuals of varying statures. Problems will be performed as a group and in small groups to demonstrate understanding of this material. These tools and principles will also be used during the Ergonomic practicum.

Chapter 6 – Office
1. Students will analyze an office workstation in a video and then in a live situation during class. An Office Ergonomics survey form will be completed. This will also be performed as part of the Practicum.

Chapter 7 – Industrial – Manual Material Handling
1. Students will use the NIOSH Lifting Equation and Snook data to redesign manual material handling tasks on video. A case study will be completed in small groups and then presented to the class and critiqued by the instructor.

Chapter 8 – Control Strategies
1. As part of the ergonomics application practicum the students in small groups will analyze a job on video as part of a case study. Each group will use the appropriate Ergonomic surveys and tools to analyze the work and will establish control strategies to reduce the risk and make the job safer for the worker.

Who Should Attend

Anyone can take this course, but knowledge of the occupational/industrial rehabilitation industry is preferred. Knowledge of risk assessment from a safety, human resources, and/or industrial perspective is acceptable.

Consultants. Many graduates of this course either launch a consulting practice or add risk assessment and ergonomic evaluation services to their existing practice.

Employees. Does your employer want you to provide worksite risk identification and remediation services? Take this course, and you’ll go home confident that you can do the job.

CEES prerequisite. This course is a prerequisite for CEES certification, but completion does not guarantee certification. Subsequent fieldwork and report submission is required. Please see the Certification section for details.

Educational Level


Contact Hours

30 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 8 – 8:30 a.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 Approvals

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

Cancellation Policy

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

“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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