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Wheelchair Fitting, Skills and Maintenance

Online Course: Wheelchair Fitting, Skills and Maintenance

Learn about the fitting process and training in practical skills and maintenance for wheelchair users

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International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

The ICRC is a humanitarian organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, and a three-time Nobel Prize Laureate.

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There is more to enabling someone with a wheelchair than simply providing a wheelchair.  It must fit correctly and the user must have the skills to use and maintain this assistive device. In this course we will be learning more about the detailed fitting process to ensure the correct fit for each individual wheelchair user. Once we have the individual adequately set up in the wheelchair we will then consider user training in terms of development of specific skills relevant to their needs and environment and also review the importance of ongoing maintenance.


The aim of this course is to provide comprehensive knowledge of the importance of adequate user fitting and training including both specific wheelchair and maintenance skills.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Wheelchair Fitting
  2. Wheelchair User Training
  3. Wheelchair Skills
  4. Wheelchair Maintenance
  5. Outcome Measures for Wheelchair and Seating Provision

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This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.

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