Online Ergonomics Certification Course

Train the Ergonomics Evaluator

Begins August 20, 2019-October 8, 2019. Enroll by July 31 to receive early bird discount.

The Course Objective

Become a Certified Office Ergonomics Specialist (COESp)

Learn to perform objective, office ergonomic evaluations and complete a professional report using the Worksite International System of Ergonomic Evaluation.



Assist employers, employees and others with proper workstation set up, ergonomic product selection and fit.



As a Certified Office Ergonomic Specialist, support a sound ergonomics program focused on risk reduction and prevention for a healthy, and productive workplace.

Whether you want to become an in-house office ergonomics evaluator or you are a burgeoning ergonomics consultant, or you want to improve on your existing evaluation skills, our training will give you the knowledge, skills and ability to deliver quality office ergonomic evaluations.

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for corporate Safety and Ergo Teams, Certified Ergonomic Evaluators (CEAS I, CEES, COEE), rehab professionals (PTs, OTs, DC, RN, Athletic Trainers), Certified Safety Professionals, Industrial Hygienists, Risk Managers, Human Resources or others responsible for employee health and safety; facility planners; risk and workers’ compensation claims management, loss control consultants.

Attend this course:

  • If you want to be competent in office ergonomics so you can enhance your career.
  • If you want to contribute to a larger purpose by assisting employees to work in comfort and without injury along with improving organizational health and safety.
  • If you want to identify the root cause of injury and lost productivity by recognizing ergonomic risk factors and remedy them proactively in objective and meaningful ways.

The Learning Outcomes



Perform a preventive ergonomic evaluation for healthy employees (with no or low symptoms).



Use objective and measurable techniques to analyze and identify the root cause of the individual's concerns. 




Identify, select and “prescribe” ergonomic products and solutions based on need and budget.



Provide essential education and training to employees for best practices in work station setup and safe work practices. 

Certificate Requirements

Certificate Requirements

Become a Certified Office Ergonomics Specialist (COESp) using the Worksite International System of Ergonomics Evaluation!

Requirements for Certificate of Completion:

  • Complete the entire online workshop in the recommended time period (8 weeks) including strategic and tactical exercises to help build your knowledge, observational and assessment skills.
  • Participate in small group coaching sessions.
  • Pass the final ergonomics review with a score of 80%.

To earn your Certified Office Ergonomics Specialist (COESp), complete the above, plus:

Advanced and Elite Level: Demonstrate your competency in performing an ergonomic evaluation by submitting a minimum of 2-3 completed, typed reports using the Worksite International Preventive Evaluation Report templates reviewed and approved by your mentor, Alison Heller-Ono (in a timely manner).

  • Once certified, maintain your certificate credentials.

The Agenda

This one hour a week (approximate) interactive course is delivered live, online for 8-weeks. A select group of committed professionals driven by the same goal will have access to the recorded lessons for one year. The Basic Course includes relevant exercises and activities to build your knowledge and skills, student interaction, and small group coaching.  Advanced and Elite levels include one: one mentoring with Alison Heller-Ono, PT and CPE, a veteran in the Ergonomics Marketplace.

Module 1 - Roles and Responsibilities

Focus on the essential role, qualifications and responsibilities of an Office Ergonomics Specialist for your organization or as a consultant. Learn how to benchmark injury and illness statistics and get employers committed to prevention. Understand the components and roles of others in an Ergonomics Process.

Module 2 - Ergonomics Basics

Define ergonomics and macroergonomics. Recognize primary and secondary ergonomic risk factors which contribute to workplace injuries; learn basic anatomy and the most common types of Musculoskeletal Disorders; recognize the most common musculoskeletal signs and symptoms and what they mean to root cause. 

Module 3 - Analysis Techniques

Study Anthropometrics and the critical measures that guide you to root causation; understand the importance of BIFMA and ANSI in ergonomic analysis; learn observational techniques using still and video photography; utilize various assessment tools and validate your findings to develop critical strategies.

Module 4 - Performing Evaluations

Learn how to perform a preventive office ergonomic evaluation using the Worksite International methodology including interview techniques; the 5 steps to evaluate any office environment and how to document your findings in a draft report.

Module 5 - Prescribe Product

Identify, select and “prescribe” the most appropriate ergonomic products based on your findings and recommendations; including chair selection and sit to stand solutions; determine what products are truly ergonomic.

Module 6 - Report Writing

Learn technical report writing skills to write an instructive, easy to read, final report from data collected; Draw sound conclusions to determine next steps for a successful outcome; Make appropriate recommendations for an Office Ergonomics Specialist.

Module 7 - Accountability

Learn strategies for Employee and Supervisor Accountability; Provide job aides for safe work practices; Measure the impact and the successful outcomes of your efforts to improve your ergonomics process.

Module 8 - Mentorship & Resources

Test your knowledge final exam; Analyze case studies; Advanced and Elite levels participate in Mentorship and use the Resource Library.    

Registration Levels

Learn the basics for a Certificate of Completion or advance your career and earn your Certified Office Ergonomics Specialist (COESp). Register by July 31, 2019 and receive "early bird" savings of $147.00 off the price of any level. Apply promo code at checkout.



  • Two WI office evaluation report templates
  • Approximately 16 hours total (lessons and activities)
  • Four small group coaching sessions (every 2 weeks)
  • Pass online exam with score of 80%
  • Receive a Certificate of Completion




Includes everything in Basic, plus:

  • Access to the COESp resource library with a full array of evaluation tools, report templates, employee job aides and additional instructional videos for one year upon completion of the 8-week course
  • Two one-to-one 60- minute private mentoring sessions to help you through your first two evaluations
  • Earn your COESp within 60 days of course completion (additional 30 days $97.00) .
  • 30 days of unlimited email and phone support following completion of your COESp
  • Enrollment is limited



Includes everything in Advanced, plus:

  • Six one-to-one 60- minute private mentoring sessions to complete your first three evaluations; ergo program design and support when you need it
  • Earn your COESp within 90 days of course completion (additional 30 days $97.00)
  • 90 days of unlimited email and phone support following completion of your COESp
  • Enrollment is limited

Note: An annual renewal fee of $197.00 is required to maintain your Certified Office Ergonomics Specialist and access to the COESp Library. 


Instructor, Coach, Mentor

Alison Heller-Ono


Alison Heller-Ono

“I believe office ergonomics is a foundational skill before one can study higher level ergonomics. To add value to organizations, support regulatory compliance and enhance careers, I’ve been providing our Train the Ergonomics Evaluator workshop since 1994. I have trained hundreds of professionals to successfully perform quality, reliable office ergonomic evaluations achieving ongoing success within their companies or as a professional consulting career.”

Alison Heller-Ono is President/CEO of Worksite International, Inc., and has been teaching and mentoring professionals in the art and science of ergonomics for over 25 years. She is a “pioneer” in the Bay Area Ergonomics Community. Since starting Worksite International, Alison has helped employers save millions of dollars using the Worksite International Ergonomics Process (WIEP) and injury prevention methods. Alison is a veteran physical therapist (MSPT), possesses 2 board certifications in Ergonomics (CPE and CIE) and is a Certified Disability Analyst (CDA).

Alison is also a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) through the Institute for Management Consultants (IMC) and a certified Chair Assessment Specialist (CASp) using the Worksite International Chair Assessment System (CAS) and a Certified Office Ergonomics Specialist (COESp).

Alison’s body of work has been peer reviewed nationally and internationally to validate the Worksite International System of Evaluation and Training as a trusted and reliable approach to workplace ergonomics.

Learn More and Register for Train the Ergonomics Evaluator

An Online Certificate Course

Alison, I want to learn more about becoming an Office Ergonomics Specialist. Send me more information re. registration and payment options. When you complete the form below and register online on or before July 31, 2019, save $147.00 at checkout.

Seats are limited for Advanced and Elite levels. Group discounts for 3 or more students available.


This private credential workshop is provided to assure competency in conducting ergonomic evaluations within your organization only. There is no state or national licensing criteria required to perform ergonomics analysis in the workplace. However, there is national board certification to become a certified professional (CPE)or industrial ergonomist (CIE). Completion of this course does not mean the certificate holder is qualified to perform evaluations outside of the organization nor can they call themselves a certified “ergonomist”. Our certification is designed to help you evaluate healthy employees and set up safe work areas. For more information on national certification, ask us.