Course Information

Upcoming course: 28 October 2024 - 15 May 2025
Registration opens 2 September 2024

ICF Facilitators’ Course

Unlock Your Expertise with the ICF Facilitators’ Course

Join our transformative course on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF), proudly presented in partnership with the WHO Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC) Collaborating Centres in The Netherlands, South Africa, Australia and South Korea.

Why Choose This Course?

Are you eager to enhance your understanding of ICF and its practical applications within interprofessional practice, education,  statistics and research? Look no further. Our comprehensive course is designed to cater to a diverse audience, with a special focus on professionals in the health and health-related sectors. You’ll benefit from the extensive knowledge and experience of seasoned ICF and interprofessional collaborative practice experts.

What to expect

This immersive six-month course guides you through a series of assignments, culminating in a final project where you will apply the ICF principles and classifications in your own context. You will review your own practice through an ICF lens and design/redesign the way you record and measure functioning to improve your services. Our course materials include a comprehensive study guide and a wealth of online resources. You’ll also engage in valuable online group meetings, including two half-day sessions at the course’s inception and shorter sessions at the start of each module. The course concludes with a Zoom video conference presentation of your final assignment.

Course Objectives

Upon completing this course, you will gain the competencies necessary to educate others on effectively utilising ICF in their specific contexts. Our objectives include:

  • Familiarising you with the language, structure, and philosophy behind ICF.
  • Providing you with an introduction, description, and practical application of ICF.
  • Promoting ICF as a universal language bridging all professions.
Specific Aims of the Course

Throughout the course, we aim to:

  • Deepen your knowledge and insight into ICF.
  • Solidify your understanding of the core principles and content of ICF.
  • Explore the potential and limitations of ICF’s practical applications.
  • Demonstrate your ability to transfer acquired knowledge and insights to your area of expertise.
By the course's end, you will be fully equipped to apply ICF in your practice, whether in an educational, clinical, or research setting.
Interactive Learning
Our teaching methodology emphasizes meaningful and application-oriented learning. You’ll engage with ICF through live online discussions, readings, assignments, reflective exercises, presentations, and practical decision-making. Assignments cover knowledge acquisition, comprehension, implementation, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.

Expect a schedule of online contact sessions, including two half-days at the outset and shorter sessions at the beginning of each module. Outside of these sessions, you should allocate approximately two hours per week for assignments. The breakdown is as follows:

  • Zoom (Initial sessions): Approximately 8 hours
  • Zoom (Module beginnings): Approximately 12 hours
  • Module Assignments: Approximately 20-30 hours
  • Final Assignment: Approximately 10 hours

Total estimated time commitment: Approximately 50-60 hours. It may take longer if you are a slower reader of if English is not your first language.

Course Cost
  • EUR 750 per person (with a minimum of 10 participants) (discount available for participants from LMIC countries – contact us)
Continued Education Units

For those in need, we offer Continued Education Units (CEUs) issued by the WHO-FIC Collaborating Centre in South Africa:

  • 30 General CEUs
  • 5 Ethics CEUs

Upon successful course completion, you will receive a certificate from the Dutch WHO-FIC Collaborating Centre.

Upcoming course: 28 October 2024 - 15 May 2025
Registration opens: 2 September 2024

Course Topics

Our course begins with two half-days of introductory lectures covering essential information about ICF, including its history, position within the WHO-FIC Family, structure, definitions, content, areas of application, and implementation. Students are encouraged to reflect on their existing knowledge of ICF in various application areas.

Over the course of the program, we delve into the following topics:

Module 1: Introductions and reflection on present knowledge
In this module, you will assess and reflect on your existing knowledge of the ICF. What were your prior insights, and what new knowledge have you gained through the course?

Module 2: Introducing the ICF and finding your way about
This module focuses on positioning yourself within the ICF framework at the component level. Understanding ICF requires the ability to describe yourself in terms of ICF, and this module will guide you in doing just that.

Module 3: Coding with ICF
In this foundational exercise, you will learn to categorise terms and phrases within ICF components and classes. You’ll also explore the reasons behind classification and the methods involved.

Module 4: The basics of using ICF in a clinical setting
This module you will learn how to analyse a practical case and use the ICF browser for classification. The emphasis is on gaining insight into the structure of ICF and learning how to navigate it effectively.

Module 5: WHO Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC)
In clinical practice, you may need to code health conditions (ICD-11) and health interventions (ICHI). This module provides a brief introduction to these classifications, expanding your knowledge beyond ICF.

Module 6: ICF as catalyst for interdisciplinary collaborative practice
We will utilise case examples from around the world on how to organise ICF data for interdisciplinary collaboration

Through global case examples, you’ll discover how to organise ICF data to foster interdisciplinary collaboration, enhancing your ability to work across different domains.


Module 7: ICF in the context of ethics, human rights and legal frameworks
Engage in robust discussions about the benefits and drawbacks of using ICF. Learn how to leverage ICF as an advocacy tool to drive positive change.

Module 8: ICF in measuring instruments
Develop critical thinking skills when it comes to code sets and their application.

Module 9: Contextualising ICF health record and data collection forms
Evaluate and enhance your own data forms to seamlessly incorporate ICF principles.

Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to choose one of three electives 

Elective 1: Teaching about the ICF

Elective 2: Applying ICF in clinical practice

Elective 3: Develop an ICF based data collection

Meet your coaches

Guest lecturers

Throughout the course, we may invite various guest lecturers to contribute their practical expertise or provide specialised guidance to participants. Notable past guest lecturers have included distinguished professionals such as:

  • Professor Peter Rosenthal from Canada
  • Professor Matilde Leonardi from Italy
  • Dr. Heidi Anttila from Finland
  • Professor Olaf Kraus de Camargo from Canada
  • Professor Soraya Maart from South Africa
  • Professor Jaana Paltamaa from Finland

These individuals have shared their valuable insights and experiences, enriching the learning experience for our participants.

If you’re ready to embark on this transformative journey and unlock the power of ICF, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to helping you achieve your professional goals.

Upcoming course: 28 October 2024 - 15 May 2025
Registration opens 2 September 2024
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