ACPOHE Courses

ACPOHE regularly runs courses to enable physiotherapists to gain the specialist knowledge required to practice in this field. Some of our courses are open to other Health Professionals such as Occupational Health Advisors/Physicians or OTs.

All of our free and paid for courses are now available to book and access on our Work and Health Learning and Development Hub

Please note that if you've joined ACPOHE recently you may not have immediate access to the Hub (we update the access database every two weeks). If you are having trouble accessing the Hub to book, please send an email to

Check out our What courses should I do? webpage for help on which courses might be suitable for you.



Our courses are stand-alone.  If you are starting out in Occupational Health and Ergonomics, we recommend that you attend "Occupational Health Essentials" and "Introduction to Applied Ergonomics for Physiotherapists" first as they introduce some of the basic concepts. Some of our courses such as "Office WorkStation Ergonomics (DSE) Level 2" is offered at a more advanced level for physiotherapists wishing to further expand their skills in a particular area and may have a number of pre-requisites.  Where any pre-requisites exist this will be clearly indicated in the course information.

Attendance at ACPOHE courses is open to all ACPOHE members. Becoming an ACPOHE member will further support your professional practice and understanding in Work and Health.  We encourage members from all professional groups. You can join ACPOHE either as a Standard or Associate member here.

If you would prefer not to join ACPOHE but wish to book on our courses, we have a yearly access fee for non members. This is £100 per year. Please contact our admin office at to book this way.  

Please address all course enquiries to ACPOHE’s Admin Office at


Please also read our courses cancellation policy before you book. 


Have a topic you want to hear about?

If you are interested in attending a course and there is as yet no dates arranged on the website please let our admin team know of your interest by sending an email to

We try and keep a list of courses that we provide on the website even if no dates have been arranged. 



Your place on the course will only be secured once payment has been processed.   In circumstances where a place is funded through the NHS or other organisation we still require full payment to secure your place and recommend you make a personal payment if the funding is delayed.  ACPOHE will reimburse any duplicate of payment, should this occur. 


Are you a physio?

If you're not a physio, please get in touch with our admin team at to check if the course is suitable for you. 

You can join ACPOHE either as a Standard or Associate member here


You can also search our courses, webinars and events here



If you have any questions about accessibility or to request any reasonable accommodations please contact before you book your place. We will do our best to accommodate your requirements to help you get the most from your experience with ACPOHE.


NEW How to Talk Work and complete the Fitnote in Primary Care - A Live, interactive workshop for FCPs

Open to ACPOHE members and to non-members

A 3 hour interactive workshop via Zoom designed for First Contact Physiotherapy Practitioners in Primary Care. The workshop will ensure your compliance with the FCP Roadmap to Practice, discuss work and workability within the biopsychosocial framework of health and the importance of effective work conversations.

We can run this workshop for your organisation and we are running sessions for individuals to book onto too. Click on the link below to read more.


Occupational Health Essentials for Physiotherapists (Modules 1-9) - ONLINE

40 hour independent online learning aimed at Physiotherapists new to Occupational Health, to provide you with an ‘essential’ grounding into this specialism.  Successful completion of all 9 modules leads to Technical Membership of ACPOHE.  Also required for Registered Membership via Route 2. 

  • Module 1 - FREE to CSP members 
  • Modules 1 & 2 - FREE to ACPOHE members
  • Modules 3 - 9 - £250 for ACPOHE members 


Office Ergonomics (DSE) level 1 online blended learning course (includes 2 units) 

Unit 1 is self-directed learning (approximately 2 - 3 hours) undertaken online and completion is required prior attendance at Unit 2, via Zoom, on the dates shown below. Click on the links below for more information. 

Unit 2 date(s):

Completion of Unit 1 prior to the Unit 2 date is essential.  This will involve approximately 3 hours of independent learning and access details will be accessible once payment has been made.


Office WorkStation Ergonomics (DSE) Level 1 face to face

This 2 day face to face Workstation (DSE) Ergonomics for Physiotherapists course is designed for physiotherapists who have had limited or no experience in the area of conducting office ergonomics assessments or who are looking for a refresher. 

  • If you are interested in attending this course when we run it,  please register your interest by emailing our admin team on


Remote DSE Assessment Best Practice - online

90 minute workshop via Zoom. Learn how DSE assessment can be undertaken effectively online.  This course considers practical and technical issues that may arise. Training will be delivered in small groups of six therapists to allow the training to be adapted to suit the needs of the participants.

This course will NOT teach participants how to perform a DSE assessment. It is a pre-course requirement that participants are already competent DSE assessors and have completed at least 20 face to face DSE assessments prior to this course. 

Next date(s):


Office Ergonomics (DSE) Competency to Practice (Unit 3) – face to face - UK

Are you competent in your DSE practice? How can you prove your competency to your current or potential customers? Is it a while since you completed your DSE training, and you would like an update on the latest approaches? Want to boost your confidence to take on more complex cases?

This brand new 1 day face to face course will:

  1. Provide you with an update on current best practice including current legislation surrounding hybrid working, anthropometric measurement, complex case scenarios, clinical reasoning and how to encourage changes in behaviour.
  2. Enable you to try out a large amount of commercially available ergonomic equipment and ensure that you know how this works and can demonstrate its use.
  3. Test your competency to carry out DSE assessment, including your assessment, reasoning, and management skills to help promote worker health in an office or home worker environment adopting a biopsychosocial model of health.

Suited to: those who wish to develop more practical experience and gain a competency certificate. 


Introduction to Applied Ergonomics for Physiotherapists – online learning (plus face-to-face study day for some dates)

This course is comprised of 2 modules:

Module 1: is undertaken independently online so you can work through this module at a suitable time and speed for you. This will enable each delegate to have the necessary understanding to complete the face-to-face study day. Please allow around 10 - 15 hours to complete module 1.

Module 2: is either a 1 day face-to-face study day or a 1 day online study day. This will enable physiotherapists to develop the ability to conduct a competent ergonomics risk assessment in the workplace, predominantly concentrating on physical factors. A number of ergonomics risk assessment tools will be taught. The delegate will be able to undertake an ergonomics assessment of an individual, or a small group, in a setting where the issues are mainly physical.  The delegate will be able to prepare a suitable report of such assessments, with recommendations to manage identified risk.

Click on the links below for more information. 

Module 2 dates:


Manual Handling: Train the Trainer - Live Interactive Study Day 

This interactive online course, via Zoom, provides physiotherapists with the skills needed to develop and deliver an engaging and evidence-based manual handling workshop. 


Vehicle Ergonomics ONLINE Course 

This 2–3 hour independent online learning course includes provision of a new electronic Vehicle Assessment Form to assist you when undertaking these assessments.  This is a highly practical course with plenty of top tips on how best undertake these assessments based on a systems approach to ergonomics.  

It includes case-studies, videos and links to further resources.   We recommended that you have some prior knowledge of ergonomics prior to undertaking this course, such as attendance at ACPOHE's Introduction to Applied Ergonomics Course, or similar training. 


Assessing Fitness for Work - recommending suitable adjustments and adaptations as part of effective RTW planning and Case Management - online plus face to face study day - Manchester, UK

How much do you really know about Assessment of Fitness for Work? Do you use appropriate and validated objective functional measures based on worker job demands? Do you always ensure patient safety during your fitness for work testing but also gain the most relevant information during your assessment? Want to learn more or update your skills? Our course will provide you with the confidence to competently assess fitness for work for an array of health conditions including symptoms associated with Long Covid. 

ACPOHE has updated the Assessment of Fitness for Work Course into a blended learning format which is great value for money.   Around 4 hours is undertaken independently utilising our online learning programme which is then followed by the face to face practical study day. 

Module 2 date:

  • If you'd like to register your interest in future dates for this course, please send an email to


Dealing with Chronic Pain Cases in the Workplace online workshop

Blended learning online course, via Zoom. By increasing your understanding of chronic pain, this course will help you to answer why some clients fail to get better and introduce to you a new approach that will enrich your practice. Approximately an hour of pre-course work, plus an interactive study morning. 


NEW Functional Rehabilitation: Organisational and Individual Perspectives - 2 day face to face course

This 2 day face to face course, will allow delegates to fully understand the benefits to both organisations and individual employees of functional rehabilitation services.  It aims to demystify the different terminology such as work hardening, functional, occupational, and vocational rehabilitation and enable delegates to identify how these services may fit into their own area of work.



Patient Handling – Train the Trainer

Details and date to be confirmed. Express your interest via email to to ensure you get the early bird offer as soon as the date is released.


Office Ergonomics (DSE) Competency to Practice (Unit 3) - face to face

This NEW, 1 day face to face study day is aimed at physiotherapists and other relevant health professionals who wish to receive a certificate of competency in Office Ergonomics Assessment and Management, actively learn more problem solving skills and have the opportunity to handle a variety of specialist office chairs and other DSE equipment.  A highly practical and interactive study day where two tutors will assess that you are competent to proficiently undertake this work.  A number of case studies will be discussed throughout this study day and there will be plenty of time to ask questions and debate with your colleagues.

Pre-Course Requirements 

You must have either completed Units 1 and 2 of ACPOHE's Office Ergonomics (DSE ) level 1 online blended learning course or similar training from an alternative training provider (evidence of this required).  In addition, please ensure that you have completed a minimum of 10 DSE assessments prior to attendance of this course.
Date and location to be confirmed soon.
  • If you have any questions about or would like to register your interest in this course this please contact

    For more information and to book on these courses click on the links. If you have any questions or would like to register your interest please contact our admin team on


    Other courses run by ACPOHE:

    • Functional Rehabilitation For Work And Life (was Occupational Rehabilitation and Work Hardening)
    • Office Workstation Ergonomics (DSE) Level 1
    • Office Workstation Ergonomics (DSE) Level 2
    • Manual Handling - Train the Trainer and Risk Assessment
    • Introduction to Occupational Health
    • Assessment of Fitness for Work - Coming Soon!
    • Enabling Patient Health Behaviour Change:  Psychological Tools and Techniques relating to Pain Management - Coming Soon!
    • Remote DSE Assessment Best Practice




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