Many office environments lack a proactive ergonomics program and action plan for dealing with musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). The Ergonomics Center of North Carolina (Center) at North Carolina State University recognized the need for an effective method of ensuring that office workplaces are able to develop an ergonomics program to deal with current and potential MSDs in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible. To best achieve this goal, the Center has developed the Office Ergonomics Accreditation Program (OEAP) to assist companies in taking ownership of their ergonomics program and ensuring that qualified individuals are performing the work.
The Office Ergonomics Accreditation Program is designed to assist office-oriented businesses in obtaining high quality, cost-effective ergonomics expertise in-house. In this program, individuals obtain a working knowledge of office ergonomics issues and the evaluation techniques to effectively deal with risk and incidence of musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace. As an Accredited Office Ergonomics Evaluator individuals are taught the skills necessary to evaluate an individual workstation and make prioritized recommendations for corrective action. Accredited individuals will obtain a high quality education, practical, hands-on training and application, and theoretical proficiency through examination.
Individuals who complete all requirements of the Accredited Office Ergonomics Evaluator (AOEE) receive credentials which signify that the individual has demonstrated the ability to perform the following:
The credentials provided by OEAP do NOT denote a qualification to diagnose an illness or injury, prescribe any level of treatment, or evaluate environments other than the office.
Accredited Office Ergonomics Evaluator (AOEE)
Training (16 hours)
Classroom training will be held daily at the Center from 8AM to 5PM.
Examination (2 hours) – Examinations will assess an individual’s understanding of the concepts learned during classroom and practical training. An individual must answer 75% of the exam questions correctly (according to established protocols) in order to pass. Examinations will be given online, and must be taken within one week of the AOEE training. In the event that an individual does not earn a score of 75% or greater, the individual will have the opportunity to take one retest. In the event the individual does not pass the second exam with a score of 75% or greater, all sections of the classroom and practical training must be repeated in order to pursue accreditation. Published training fees will apply.
Homework (6 hours) – Homework assignments will be sent to individuals via email. These assignments pertain to methodology learned in class. The homework must be submitted within a timeframe provided in each homework package (approximately 30 days). Upon submission of completed homework, the homework will be evaluated and graded. If less than 80% of the homework is answered correctly (according to established protocols), an individual may resubmit the homework once, within 14 days of notification.
Total AOEE hours = 24 hours