Reliability management course

The reliability-centred maintenance courses are conducted in collaboration with the European Reliability Centre (ERC).

Reliability-centred maintenance (RCM) is a methodology for creating maintenance concepts for high-critical systems. It is used to maintain the failure behaviour of plant and machinery, with the aim of optimising cost-safety - health - environment - availability - reliability. RCM training courses follow the international standards SAE JA1011 and SAE JA1012.

We currently offer the following training courses together with the ERC:

Course Duration Investment
RCM Level 1 3 days on request
RCM Level 2 track on request
FMEA/FMECA training 1 day on request
Quick maintenance training 2 days on request

RCM Level 1

The RCM Level 1 training is the basic training in reliability-centred maintenance (RCM). The level of training is aimed at working group members participating in RCM analyses, which are led by an RCM facilitator. The training is completed with an exam.

Subjects, among others:

  • Failure behaviour as a focal point
  • RCM standards SAE JA1011 and JA1012
  • Selection of an RCM project
  • Criticality analysis
  • Establishing the operational context
  • Describing failure behaviour in a process FMEA
  • Available RCM software

RCM Level 2

RCM level 2 consists of 3 stages.

  • Stage 1: 5 days with theory exam.
  • Stage 2: 5 days of theory/practice training.
  • Stage 3: 3 months to complete an RCM analysis and hand in 14 days before the practical exam.

The RCM Level 2 training is the facilitator training in reliability-centred maintenance (RCM). The level of the training aims for the RCM facilitator to be able to lead an organisation to implement RCM. The RCM facilitator will also lead RCM working groups and is responsible for continuous quality improvement.

STAGE 1: training
  • Reliability-centred maintenance (RCM) for high-critical systems
  • Object-driven maintenance (ODM) for medium-critical systems
  • Quick maintenance (QM) for low-critical systems
  • Selecting analyses using criticality analyses
  • In detail through all RCM - ODM - QM steps
  • Working on paper, in Excel and using RCM software
STAGE 2: training
  • The theory of hidden failures will be reviewed in detail.
  • An analysis is set up, working through all the steps.
  • Participants prepare their final assignment.
STAGE 3: final assignment with practical exam
  • After the two training sessions, participants will have 3 months to complete an RCM analysis and submit it to the examination board at least 14 days before the examination date.
  • Six return days during the practical period to discuss the progress of the exam projects as a group.
  • Practical exam with RCM-level 2 certification.

FMEA/FMECA training

An FMEA or FMECA is used to record failure behaviour. Among other things, the FMEA is used to create and/or optimise maintenance concepts, set up spare parts management and perform criticality analyses.

Subjects, among others:

  • Development of the FMEA
  • Criticality analysis with risk priority numbering (RPN)
  • Object FMEA
  • Process FMEA
  • Continuous improvement with FME(C)As

Quick maintenance (QM) training

QM is known for its extremely fast approach to verify, develop or optimise maintenance concepts. QM uses RCM terminology and its thinking is entirely based on RCM. Because it is optimally streamlined, it is up to 15x faster than RCM. The user must have mastered at least RCM level 1.

A major advantage of QM is that existing maintenance plans can also be optimised very quickly using the reversed QM method. Existing maintenance plans can thus be checked and optimised in a matter of weeks.

Subjects, among others:

  • Criticality analyses using RPN templates
  • Opzetten van de operationele context
  • The object FMEA/FMECA
  • Creating a new maintenance plan
  • Optimising existing maintenance plans