Online Preventive Maintenance Training

PM100: Developing and Improving Preventive Maintenance Programs

Achieve higher reliability and availability whilst doing less maintenance. Acquire the knowledge and tools you need to create a highly effective and efficient Preventive Maintenance Program.

Course Objectives

The PM100 Developing and Improving Preventive Maintenance Programs online training course provides you with the knowledge, tools, and techniques you need to eliminate up to 60% of your preventive maintenance tasks that add little to no value for your organisation. Whether you’re working in a manufacturing industry, mining, oil and gas, etc, the principles taught in this preventive maintenance online training course still hold true and applicable.

Throughout this fully online course, you will learn the simplest and most practical approach to creating an effective and efficient Preventive Maintenance program. You will learn the principles needed to reduce work-loads, reduces costs, and increase reliability. And you will learn how to use the different types of maintenance such as preventive and predictive maintenance.

Course structure

To achieve these objectives, this preventive maintenance training course has been broken down into 8 modules, plus a bonus module. Each module consists of individual lessons.

Meet your teacher

Meet your teacher

My passion is for continuous improvement and keeping things simple. Through the Reliability Academy, I help Maintenance & Reliability professionals around the globe – people like yourself – improve their plant’s reliability and their organisation’s bottom line.

I am a Certified Maintenance & Reliability Practitioner (CMRP), Certified Reliability Leader (CRL), Certified Asset Management Assessor (CAMA) and a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng).

– Erik Hupjé

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What's included

Module 1 - Welcome to the course

A short module, but very important module. In this module, we’ll get you setup for success. We’ll cover course objectives, go into the details of exactly what you’ll learn, and how we will work together. In addition, I’ll give an introduction to the online learning management system. And introduce you to our support staff and where and how to ask for help.

Module 2 - Preventive Maintenance Basics

In this module, we start the real work. After a brief introduction of why we do maintenance and how our preventive maintenance program contributes to meeting our overall maintenance objectives, we’ll take a short walk back in time to look at how maintenance thinking has changed in the last 70+ years.

We’ll then look at the principles that underpin an effective Preventive Maintenance program. I’ll summarise what we’ve learned as an industry from the development of RCM and how you can apply those principles in your PM program without having to do complete RCM studies.

You will also learn that no matter what industry you are in, whether that is the manufacturing industry, mining, or oil and gas, these basic principles still apply.

In the remainder or of the module we’ll delve into more detail of those principles including a discussion on the different types of maintenance, what failure modes are, the importance of the characteristics of a failure mode, the P-F curve and we’ll round up the Module with discussion on Consequence of Failure and Operating Context.

Module 3 - Types of Maintenance

In this module, we’ll discuss the different types of maintenance (e.g. preventive and predictive maintenance), their characteristics, when to use them and when not to.

We will talk in detail through the benefits and drawbacks of Time-Based Maintenance (TBM), Failure Finding Maintenance (FFM), Condition Based Maintenance (CBM), Risk-Based Maintenance (RBM), Predictive Maintenance (PDM) and Run-to-Failure (RTF) Maintenance.

We will also discuss practical applications for each of the different types of maintenance. Starting with the familiar concept of a family car, all the way to industrial applications.

Module 4 - Introduction to Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM)

In this module, we’re going to unpack what is probably the most famous or infamous acronym in our profession – Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM). You will discover that RCM is a relatively simple concept, but it takes a lot of experience, expertise and a lot of effort to apply it effectively.

Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) is introduced early in this course because it is in many ways, the Gold Standard to maintenance program analysis. It is the benchmark against which all the other approaches are compared against, and more often than not, other approaches are derivatives from RCM.

Module 5 - Analysing your Preventive Maintenance Program

In many ways, this is the heart of the course. In this module, we’ll talk about the most common flaws in preventive maintenance programs so that you can avoid making them. And we’ll explore different improvement techniques and methodologies like preventive maintenance optimisation (PMO), FMEA, and more equipment-specific risk-based maintenance methodologies like RBI or SIL.

We’ll talk about what they are, how to use them, when to use them, and I will provide you with practical, actionable frameworks and templates so you can put what you learn to good use!

Module 6 - Maintenance Work Instructions

This module will address the importance of documenting your maintenance tasks through sufficiently detailed, and properly controlled Maintenance Work Instructions. With effective work instructions, you will reduce variability in task execution and improve the effectiveness of your preventive maintenance program.

We’ll explore the amount of detail you need to include, the techniques on how to structure your work instructions, and even touch on the importance of standardising your writing style and vocabulary using an international standard like ASD-STE 100 – Simplified Technical English.

Module 7 - Building Your PM Program in Your CMMS​

In this module, we’ll discuss some of the key factors when it comes to structuring your preventive maintenance program in your CMMS so that you build a preventive maintenance program that is executable.

If you don’t structure your preventive maintenance program well, you can make it really hard for your crew to do preventive maintenance tasks on time, and that will significantly undermine the effectiveness of your preventive maintenance program.

Another consequence of poorly structuring your preventive maintenance program in your CMMS is that you will make life hard for your Maintenance Planner, Scheduler, and Execution Crew—undermining the efficiency of the team and impacting the gathering of the right data for longer-term improvement.

Module 8 - Executing a Preventive Maintenance Project

In this module, you will learn how to run a preventive maintenance project, either an improvement project for an existing preventive maintenance program, building a new preventive maintenance program for a new plant, or maybe for a new production line or major piece of equipment.

We will talk about the project management and change management you need to apply, and we will look at how you can measure the effectiveness and efficiency of your preventive maintenance program.

We will wrap up the Module by discussing how to eventually adopt the concept of a Living Program that is driven by incremental continuous improvement, rather than major improvement projects.

Module 9 - Bonus Content


This bonus module will provide insight into important reliability practices like lubrication management, precision alignment, flange management, and more.

Payment Options

Full Payment

USD 1,995 Single Payment
  • Quick, easy and best value

Payment Plan

USD 695 Monthly
  • 3 payments spread over 3 months

Payment Plan

USD 475 Monthly
  • 5 payments spread over 5 months

We offer volume discounts when you enrol your team. 10% discount for 3 or more students. 20% discount for 10 or more students.

We also offer the following variations of this training course:

PM300 – Preventive Maintenance
Principles for Managers

This course will be a condensed version of the PM100 course and is aimed at arming maintenance managers, superintendents and supervisors with everything they need to know about preventive maintenance. 

With this course you will be able to effectively manage, challenge and support your team in in developing an optimal preventive maintenance program for your plant. Less work, lower costs, higher reliability.

PM400 – Preventive Maintenance
Principles for the Frontline

This course will be a condensed version of the PM100 course aimed at maintenance technicians and plant operators.

With this course under their belt, your technicians and operators will massively accelerate the speed at which you can improve your preventive maintenance program, because they finally understand the reliability principles that underpin a preventive maintenance program and can contribute effectively.

Join these high-performing companies that are improving their maintenance productivity with our training

Preventive Maintenance Optimiser™

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Free Course Video #1:

A Brief History of Maintenance

In this lesson, we’re taking a bit of step back in time and look at how the view on preventive maintenance thinking developed over time. Understanding when, why, and how our insight into maintenance changed over time will help us better understand the topics we’re discussing later in the course.

Free Course Video #2:

The Principles of an Effective Preventive Maintenance Program

In this lesson, we’ll delve deep into the principles that underpin an Effective Preventive Maintenance Program. This is probably the most important lesson in this whole course. If you can really understand and apply the principles of an effective preventive maintenance program, you are going to succeed on your Road to Reliability™

Free Course Video #3:

When to do Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM)?

In this lesson, we talk about when you should do a Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) study, both in terms of time as well in terms of what systems and equipment you should consider doing RCM on.

Free Course Video #4:

Work Instructions That Work

In this Lesson, we’re going to talk about creating well-written work instructions and why they are critical to driving quality in preventive maintenance. And that’s because effective work instructions are an important tool for managing human error. But also because they reduce variability.


What our Clients say about us and our work

“A really valuable course. The videos are really good, and Erik explains everything with a wealth of knowledge”

Dan Stuart

Maintenance Delivery Lead at Petrofac UK

Preventive Maintenance Training Course FAQs

Is the course accredited?

The course is provided by R2 Reliability Pty Ltd which was an Approved Education Provider accredited by the Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals. Unfortunately, the SMRP discontinued their Approved Education provider program in 2020. The course continues to offer the same high-quality content when it was accredited by the SMRP, however, we can no longer promote the course as such. We are looking for other international accreditation options. The course can still be used for credit hours towards ongoing professional development and maintaining your CMRP status.

Do I get access to all courses content immediately?
No, the course is based on modules and you need to complete the modules including all homework tasks sequentially. So once you have completed Module 1 you get access to Module 2 and so forth until you complete all the course modules and then sit for the final, multiple choice exam (online).
Do I have to do any homework?

Yes, you will have homework to do. This is an intensive course with assignments that you need to complete in your workplace and submit online. Your assignments will be reviewed and you will receive personal feedback either from myself and/or by a specialised maintenance planning & scheduling coach.

Is there an exam?

Yes, in addition to the assignments and quizzes that are included in the various modules there is a final, online multiplechoice exam that you need to complete and pass to receive your Certificate of Completion. 

When can I start?

Immediately if you want, as soon as you purchase the course you will have access to the course content and will be able to start learning everythgin you need to know about Maintenance Planning & Scheduling

Do I get a certificate?

Certificate of completion

You certainly do. When you have successfully completed all Course Modules, all homework assignments, all quizzes and you have passed the final (online) exam you will automatically receive a Certificate of Completion.

What level of coaching and support do you provide?
Support is provided in a few ways. First, there is be an exclusive forum accessible only to course students to ask questions about the course content. That means you get to discuss topics with fellow students. But you can also expect answers from myself, a professional preventive maintenance coach, or subject matter experts. 
Secondly, there are regular ‘office hours‘ where you can dial in and ask questions live. If you can’t attend due to timezone differences you can simply email questions in and listen to the replay afterward, which will be stored in the exclusive student-only area. PROFESSIONAL and CORPORATE edition students will have lifetime access to these calls and the recordings!
If you or your organisation need more support, simply get in touch. We’re here to help!
How long do I have access to the course?
If you purchase the ‘STUDENT’ edition of the course to get 3 months access only.
If you purchase the ‘PROFESSIONAL’ edition of the course you will have lifetime access to the course. And as long as the course remains available for sale online you will always have access to it including all future updates – at no extra cost!
This is why I recommend the ‘PROFESSIONAL’ edition as the best value option. And this is what most clients opt for.
I can’t pay online. Can we do a Purchase Order?

Absolutely, not a problem. Simply drop me an email at [email protected] with your full details and the number of people you want to enrol and I can get a quotation off to you.

What is the refund policy?

I offer a 30-day no questions asked, full refund policy, on the condition that you have not completed the course. However, once the 30 days have passed no refunds will be given.  

Do I need any special software for this course?

No! Not at all, the course will be delivered through a web-based Learning Management System, but all you need is a modern web browser like Chrome, Internet Explorer or Safari. 

You do need a reasonably reliable internet connection, but as the course material is all pre-recorded you can choose when and where you view or listen to the course content. And on what device as you can access the course on a desktop, tablet or smartphone.

Do you offer the course in other languages like French or Italian?

Not yet, at the moment the course is only available in English. 

However, there have requests for other language versions like French, Spanish, Arabic and Italian so other language versions are planned for late 2020. 

If you sign-up for the English language version and get the Professional or Corporate Edition you will have lifetime access to the course, and that will include other language versions when they become available.

Do you offer volume / group discounts?
Yes, we have a standard table for volume discounts which are applied when companies purchase the course for multiple students.The best option is to review the Corporate offer and that will give you the opportunity to schedule a call with me and we can talk through all the options.
Can I rebrand the course or host in my company Learning Mana...
Yes, we offer a licensing option, which would give you the right to rebrand the training, modify it so suit your organisation’s practices and then host it in your own Learning Management System. You do not obtain derivative rights or the right to re-sell the course.The best option is to review the Corporate offer and that will give you the opportunity to schedule a call with me and we can talk through all the options.