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FMEA Facilitator Training

FMEA Facilitator Training 1.jpgFacilitation requires a specific mental attitude that is interested in the content, technology and the knowledge and experience - but with a sharp focus on the process, methodology and definitions, with skills such as ‘LSD’ (Dutch abbreviation for ‘listening, summarizing, questioning’) and knowing exactly what information is needed at each step of the method. Moreover FMEAs are prepared by multidisciplinary teams, which in itself requires a certain attitude and insight on the part of the facilitator. Often this will work out fine. If the atmosphere is good, the goal is clear and the conditions (resources) are present, it will work fine. However, if the atmosphere is stiff and the FMEA sessions are being held 'because they have to be' and their usefulness and necessity have been lost sight of, it can be a laborious process. A challenge for the facilitator. In the FMEA Facilitator training course, all of these aspects are addressed.

Target group

The FMEA Facilitator training is designed for professionals who want to gain expertise in developing / designing FMEAs or risk analyses. Facilitators who want to bring their skills to a higher level. RCA specialists who wish to refine and broaden their approach. Consultants who implement FME(C)A software packages. Reliability and Maintenance Engineers who supervise the implementation of FMEAs. It is a good follow-on to the ‘RATIO Facilitator Training’ course or the ‘Skills for Reliability & Maintenance Engineering (R&ME)’ course

Learning objectives

  • Determine their own development and learning objectives as facilitators
  • Knowing FMEA and related methods
  • To be able to create the right environment for the development of FMEAs and team sessions
  • To know and be able to present their own FMEA methodology (and any software package used)
  • To apply the basic steps of FMEA (method and information analysis)
  • To be able to pose systematic questions, summarizing and asking supplementary questions and evaluating the data/information obtained,
  • Being able to vary approaches, controlling various roles and summarising results
  • Validating the process through presentations and decision-making
  • Recognizing and acting on group dynamics, thinking preferences and resistance

Topics to be covered during the training course

  • Pre-conditions for an efficient FMEA (or Reliability Centered Maintenance / Risk Based Inspection) process
  • The analytical basis of 'FMEA thinking' - causal thinking, risks and correctability
  • The characteristics of FMEA methodology and its various elements - definition,  in depth study, estimates based on experience and data, extreme risk values ​​and planability
  • Relatationship between FMEA, RCM, Risk Analysis and Root Cause Analysis
  • The dynamics of multidisciplinary teams and (their own) thinking preferences
  • Skills such as systematic questioning, listening, summarizing and asking supplementary questions; dealing with resistance
  • Organizing variations in approach
  • Practising the facilitation of the basic steps of FMEA
  • Keeping control on balance, content and progress

Structure of the training course

The training course covers four days. Between these days, there will be simple tasks to be carried out and a feedback session with the trainer on the participant's own performance as a facilitator. In the first block of two (consecutive) days, basic skills are taught, with exercises and participant's own case-histories. The entire FMEA process is gone through, with hints and tips on facilitating. There are practice session in causal thinking, listening, asking questions and follow-up questions, summarizing and checking for consensus. The participants will present their own FMEA approach and prepare their own sessions.

Between days 2 and 3, two meetings are planned in their own organization: an introductory meeting (approach, usefulness and necessity) and the first FMEA session (function and failure mode analysis).

Day three is designed for revision and refinement of the theory, dealing with pitfalls and resistance. The first results of the FMEA will be reviewed. In addition, the next session will be prepared, with a look ahead to its completion.

Between days 3 and 4,  the third FMEA session will take place in the participant's organization. This is also the feedback session, where the trainer will observe and provide feedback on the facilitation. The participant processes this feedback and prepare a report on the progress of the FMEA. The participant makes a final presentation to management and presents this on day four of the training course.

Day 4 is entirely devoted to the evaluation of their own development as a facilitator, as well as refining the FMEA method in their own practice. The participants' final presentations are discussed in relation to the decision making process in their own organization.


A pre-condition for participation in the FMEA Facilitator training course is that participants meet at least three of the following criteria:

  • Experience with FMEA/RCM/RBI sessions as a participant or a facilitator
  • Experience as an RCA facilitator
  • Knowledge of the FMEA mindset, process, methods and software
  • Experience with the development of a preventive maintenance programme
  • Managing the introduction of FMEA in the organization


This training is offered on an Open Enrollment basis, with a minimum of three participants. We work with small groups so as to let participants practise as much as possible and have individual attention for learning objectives and feedback.

After registration, participants are asked to complete an intake form, detailing their education, position, experience with FMEA / RCM, previous training, familiarity with supporting software and specific training needs.

Participation in these FMEA Facilitator training courses costs € 3750. - per person, exclusive of VAT.

This price includes:

  • 4 days of training
  • Individual coaching during FMEA sessions in their own (or the client’s) organization
  • All training materials, including a full HBDI profile based on their own thinking preferences (based on the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument model)

Download the registration form. For more information or further inquiries, please contact us.

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