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Functional Capacity Evaluation

A Functional Capacity Evaluation is defined as “a systematic process of measuring and developing an individual’s capacity to dependably sustain performance in response to broadly defined work demands”. (Roy Matheson)

Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs) are conducted by registered Occupational Therapists and Certified Work Capacity Examiners. Several of these therapists also have experience in providing Expert Witnesses Testimony in the Supreme Court of BC.

Components of a Functional Capacity Evaluation:

The evaluation consists of a combination of work simulation, clinical observation, and standardized and non-standardized evaluations to determine the individual’s capacity to perform any of the following:

  • Lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling capacity.
  • Reaching, handling and fine motor manipulation.
  • Hand strength and dexterity.
  • Medium and fine motor dexterity.
  • Climbing and balancing.
  • Sitting, standing and walking
  • Work in various body postures (stooping, kneeling, crouching, and bending).

Standardized tests are used to determine the consistency of effort and reliability of the client’s reported levels of pain and disability.

What is a Functional Capacity Evaluation used for?

  • Establishes whether an individual can meet the physical requirements of his/her job.
  • Determines safe parameters for re-entering the work force and minimizes risk of re-injury through identifying work restrictions.
  • Provides objective information for disability settlements.
  • Identifies exaggerated pain behaviors and validity of effort.
  • Recommends rehabilitation intervention to assist in recovery and return to work.


Contact us for a free tour of our facilities and testing equipment. One of our Occupational Therapists would be happy to show you around. Call for an appointment today!