Training and Credentialing for FIM / WeeFIM

Training and credentialing for the FIM / WeeFIM instrument

Training

To be qualified to use the FIM/WeeFIM tool, the first step is to be trained in the use of the instrument. AROC provides a number of workshops each year that, as an individual, you can attend called AROC Open Workshops. Alternatively, if a number of people in your organisation/facility require training, AROC can provide a trainer to teach a workshop at your venue AROC Master Trainer FIM workshop at your site.

Organisations that undertake regular training of their staff often have one of their staff accredited as a FIM Facility Trainer.

Once you have completed a FIM workshop, you then need to become credentialed, which means sitting and passing an examination. Credentialing lasts two years after which time you need to resit a FIM/WeeFIM examination to maintain your credentialing. Once every four years you should undertake refresher training, either at a face-to-face workshop or by completing the online refresher course. You will then resit the examination to maintain your credentialing.

If you wish to become FIM credentialed for adult assessments, you are required to complete a FIM workshop and pass a FIM examination. If you wish to become WeeFIM credentialed for paediatric assessments, it’s required you complete a WeeFIM workshop and WeeFIM examination.

Are there any eligibility criteria for training?

AROC's policy is that training is available to Registered Nurses (RN), Enrolled Nurses (EN), Doctors, Registrars and Allied Health staff with an appropriate tertiary clinical qualification. Assistants in nursing (AIN) and allied health assistants are welcome to attend training sessions to increase their knowledge and understanding of the FIM, and so contribute to FIM scoring in a clinical setting, but they are not eligible or required to become credentialed.

A pass mark of 80% is required for credentialed status to be achieved. On attaining credentialing status you will be issued with a credentialing certificate. Credentialed status lasts for two years, after which candidates must sit a re-credentialing exam if they wish to remain accredited.

If you would like to complete the exam to become credentialed, or to be re-credentialed, please contact AROC.

Credentialing

Once you complete a workshop to become credentialed as a FIM or WeeFIM clinician, you must complete and pass a credentialing FIM or WeeFIM examination with a score of 80+%. After the workshop, you will be allocated a FIM ID. This is your unique identifier (like your registration number), which is needed to log into AOS (AROC’s Online System). You will need to access AOS if you wish to either sit your credentialing exam or purchase FIM products. Costs on FIM and WeeFIM products can be found in the Resources section.

How can i re-credential in FIM/WeeFIM?

The method of re-credentialing is dependent on when you last attended a workshop and whether your accreditation has expired. If you have attended a workshop within the past 2 years and your accreditation is about to expire you can simply purchase an Exam to re-gain your accreditation. If it has been 4 years since you attended a FIM workshop and your accreditation is about to expire, you can purchase an Online Refresher (includes an Exam) to re-gain your accreditation.

If you have attended a workshop in the past 4 years and your accreditation has expired:

  • Less than 1 year (or about to expire) – successfully complete an examination to re-credential
  • More than 1 year and Less than 2 years - complete the Online Refresher with examination
  • Longer than 2 years - attend a face to face FIM workshop and complete the examination

If you have not attended a workshop within the past 4 years – you will need to do so to re-gain your accreditation.

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Workshop Types

FIM/WEEFIM OPEN WORKSHOPS

FIM/WeeFIM Open workshops provide training to perform the adult FIM or paediatric WeeFIM assessment. New users of the FIM or WeeFIM instrument are required to attend a training workshop prior to attempting a credentialing exam.

Workshops provide education in how to score the instrument. The tool has been designed to be administered quickly and uniformly and has proved to be a valid and reliable measure. The FIM and WeeFIM instrument assesses self-care, sphincter control, transfers, locomotion, communication and social cognition on a seven-level scale. After training, to become credentialed, eligible participants are required to sit a credentialing examination. If they pass they will receive a credentialing certificate. See below for more details on how to attend a FIM or WeeFIM Open Workshop.

FIM FACILITY TRAINER OPEN WORKSHOPS

The Facility Trainers workshop is designed to train eligible and currently credentialed FIM clinicians how to teach staff at their facility to use the FIM instrument. Clinicians will learn to teach FIM in an accurate and consistent way, ensuring the people they train score FIM accurately and consistently. In order to attend the Facility Trainer workshop, a candidate FIM clinician must have satisfied all pre-requisites. See below for more details on how to attend a Facility Trainer Open Workshop.

 FIM WORKSHOP AT YOUR SITE CONDUCTED BY AN AROC MASTER TRAINER

If a facility wishes to have an AROC Master Trainer conduct a FIM or WeeFIM workshop at their facility, the first step is to complete a workshop request form, providing possible dates and numbers. Workshop sizes can range from 2 – 20 participants). Completed forms should be sent to AROC, who can be contacted by email or telephone (02 4221 4411) should you have queries.  Once the “workshop request form” is received, AROC will contact you regarding more details. Workshop costs can be estimated using the below list:

  • A standard weekday fee of $1500 + GST (for members of AROC)
  • A standard weekday fee of $3000 + GST (for non-members of AROC)
  • A standard weekend fee of $2100 + GST (for members of AROC)
  • A standard weekend fee of $3400 + GST (for non-members of AROC)
  • Travel costs, travel time and accommodation costs of the Master trainer
  • Exams are $38 + GST each
  • Manuals are $30 + GST each

A quote will be sent to your facility once a date is scheduled.
 

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 How to attend a FIM or WeeFIM Open workshop

FIM and WeeFIM workshops are advertised on the AROC Open Workshops page. Download a registration form by clicking on the Register button of the workshop you want to attend. Once you have completed the registration form, scan and email or fax it to AROC. You will receive an email confirming receipt of your registration form. Please note, workshops may be cancelled if insufficient registrations are received. You will be notified of cancellation 2 weeks before the workshop date. Confirmation of your place including details of the workshop will be sent to you via email prior to the workshop date.
If there are a significant number of staff needing to be trained from a particular rehabilitation facility, that facility may wish to conduct its own workshop using an AROC Master Trainer (refer to FIM workshop at your site conducted by an AROC Master Trainer).

How to attend Facility Trainer Open workshop

You must ensure you meet all the requirements to become a FIM Facility Trainer. These are listed under Training and Credentialing for Facility Trainers on our website and on the application form. Facility Trainer workshops are advertised on the AROC Open Workshops page. Download a registration form by clicking on the Register button of the workshop you want to attend. You must complete the registration and application form completely and return it to AROC. You will receive an email confirming receipt of your application. Please note, workshops may be cancelled if insufficient registrations are received. You will be notified of cancellation 2 weeks before the workshop date. Confirmation of your place including details of the workshop will be sent to you via email prior to the workshop date.

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 Trainer levels

There are two trainer levels - Facility Trainers and Master Trainers.

 Facility Trainers

Facility trainers train staff within their (bricks and mortar) facility only, as part of their job description, in their normal paid time (i.e. not as an independent contractor). Facility Trainers cannot train staff from other facilities even if they are part of the same health service.

Criteria to become a Facility Trainer in the first place

  • Trained in FIM by an AROC Master Trainer within the preceding 12 months
  • Have current credentialing status
  • Achieved 85+% on first attempt in most recent credentialing exam
  • Have 3+ years experience in using the FIM tool as a credentialed FIM clinician, inclusive of the last 12 months (for currency of practice)
  • Have expertise and/or relevant experience in training others
  • Be prepared to actively participate in the workshop, including presenting part of the workshop to other participants
  • Supported by their employer to attend a Facility Trainer workshop
    • Employer aware that training as a Facility Trainer equips them to present training workshops to internal staff regularly. Employer prepared to provide opportunities for the trainer to train
    • Expected to undertake training on their return within a three month timeframe
  • At AROC's discretion there may be a requirement for the first post training workshop to be co-trained with and evaluated by a Master Trainer prior to Facility Trainer status being awarded

Ongoing Requirements

FIM Facility Trainers must maintain their accreditation on two levels:

  1. FIM accreditation – completing the FIM exam every 2 years with a score of at least 85+%
  2. Facility Trainer accreditation – as per the Ongoing Requirements below

Every two years, at re-credentialing, Facility Trainers are to submit an ongoing requirements form documenting how they have met the following criteria:

  • Trained at least one workshop per year at their facility
  • Passed the exam at 85+% at first attempt every two years
  • Attended a Facility Trainer workshop conducted by an AROC Master Trainer at least every four years
  • Submitted to AROC the attendance sheet and Workshop Evaluation forms completed by participants after each workshop they have conducted (as per the Facility Trainer User Manual)
  • It is strongly recommended the trainer dials into the FIM Facility Trainer Support Meetings for their state (generally held each 6 months)

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 Master Trainers

There are a limited number of Master Trainer positions. If a vacancy arises, AROC seeks expressions of interest from suitably qualified people to fill the vacancy. Master Trainers are contracted to AROC and train outside their facility for payment, but within their facility in their normal paid time (i.e. not as an independent contractor). Master Trainers train in all facilities (public and private) and they conduct both the workshops for clinicians and the Facility Trainer workshops.

Master Trainers have in-depth experience with the FIM™ instrument and with training others how to administer it.

To become a Master Trainer

  • Invited by AROC to become a Master Trainer
  • Trained in FIM™ or WeeFIM® scoring by an AROC Master Trainer
  • Achieve 90+% in most recent credentialing exam
  • Satisfactory completion of the Facility Trainer workshop
  • Current credentialing status
  • At least five years experience using the FIM™ instrument
  • At least three years as a Facility Trainer and/or evidence of training expertise and experience
  • Positive review by a current Master Trainer against a set of standard competencies:
    • Knowledge of subject matter
    • Delivery of subject matter
    • Ability to handle questions
    • Active engagement of audience
    • Effective listening skills
    • Confidence in presenting
    • Ability to adapt presentation style to audience
    • Use of teaching strategies to facilitate discussion and learning
    • Contributes to a supportive, interactive learning environment

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FIM™ and WeeFIM® are trademarks of the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation, a division of UB Foundation Activities, Inc.

Last reviewed: 12 October, 2018

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