Attention: Maintenance & Reliability Professionals

Maintenance Planning &
Scheduling Online

Finally! An online course that teaches you the essentials of
Maintenance Planning & Scheduling and shows you how to
successfully implement it in your organisation.

Tired of your low productivity, reactive maintenance environment?

Well, I can't blame you. A reactive maintenance environment can be soul-destroying, especially to those of us who know there is a better way to work.

A safer way, a lower-cost way, a more profitable way.

A more enjoyable way to work.

But you're not alone. Industry studies show over and over again that maintenance productivity is often poor, and typically as low as 30%. That means that during a 10-hour day your technicians only spend 3 hours doing actual maintenance work. Sometimes even less.

So, when you pay your maintenance technicians for a full day’s work you only get 3 hours of your money’s worth. And no, that’s not because your technicians aren’t working hard. It’s because organisations make it too hard for people to do the right thing. The average day is simply filled with too much inefficiency and waste.

But it doesn’t have to be like that.

Experience and research show that with an effective maintenance planning & scheduling process you can grow your productivity to 45%. And as you continue to improve you can increase your productivity to world-class levels of 55% or 60%.


Many Implementations of Planning & Scheduling Fail in the Long Run

Many organisations do set out to implement maintenance planning and scheduling. Unfortunately, most of these organisations do not achieve the long-term results they expected.

Often the improvements don’t last, even when the initial implementation seemed successful. You see, if you implement planning & scheduling without a comprehensive approach that addresses project management and change management principles you simply cannot succeed. The outcomes just won’t be sustainable.


A Lot of Planning & Scheduling Training is Ineffective

A standard classroom-based planning & scheduling course lasts 3 days. You walk in and 3 days later you walk out. Usually with a binder full of slides under your arm to remind you of your death-by-PowerPoint experience. Three months later you will have forgotten most of what was covered in those 3 days.

Many of these courses do not address what it takes to make the required changes in your organisation and your ways of working. And without a successful change, the return on investment of most of these death-by-PowerPoint experiences is near zero.

And, add insult to injury, if you don’t happen to live in a well serviced market like the US, the UK, parts of Western Europe or say Australia you will have very limited access to high-quality planning & scheduling training.


The Solution Is Here

Finally! The solution is here. An online course that teaches you the essentials of
Maintenance Planning & Scheduling and shows you how to successfully implement it in your organisation.

Now there really is nothing left to stop you from taking your first step on the Road to Reliability™.


Maintenance Planning & Scheduling
The Online Course

On offer is a new, modern-day solution to this problem. World-class quality maintenance planning & scheduling training delivered straight to you, wherever you are in the world.

Your course will be delivered to you through an online learning management system using pre-recorded video lessons. All you need is a reliable internet connection and a modern web browser.


And, you don’t need to travel. You don’t need to be away from your family.

You don't need to try to explain to your boss why you'll be out of the office for several days. Instead, you can show your boss how much many you save by not traveling. Travel costs can often be more than the actual course fees! Not anymore.

This accredited course makes maintenance planning & scheduling training suddenly more accessible and more affordable than ever before.

  • 100% online. Take the course anywhere, anytime

    Because this course is 100% online, with all content delivered through pre-recorded video lectures housed in a state-of-the art, web-based learning management system you can truly take this course anywhere in the world, any time of the day.

    Even on your mobile as you take the bus to work. All you need is an internet connection and a web browser.

  • Complete with proven framework for implementation

    To ensure you succeed where many have failed in the past I will be teaching you a proven and comprehensive framework for implementing maintenance planning & scheduling. 

    I want you not just to enjoy this course, I want you to get a real return on your investment! 

  • Lifetime access

    Sign up for the Professional Edition of Maintenance Planning & Scheduling Online and you will get life-time access.

    You don't just get 3 days of classroom training and a bunch of slides. You can watch the pre-recorded training videos as many times as you want, whenever you want. And yes, you also get access to all future updates if you're on the Professional Edition.

What We'll Cover in The Course
And What You'll Learn:

How to build a business case for implementing or improving planning & scheduling in your business and how to sell this to your leadership. This includes how to estimate the value planning & scheduling can bring to your organisation.

The key elements in the maintenance planning & scheduling business process and how they interact with each other. This includes developing a planning & scheduling business process flow specific for your organization.

The key roles in the maintenance planning process particularly the maintenance planner, the scheduler and the supervisor.

The importance of work prioritization and different methodologies that could opt for including the Ranking Index for Maintenance Expense (RIME) priority system and using a Risk Assessment Matrix (RAM).

How to Deal with Emergency Maintenance work so that you don’t lose control and remain to slip back into a reactive work environment

How to effectively manage your maintenance backlog including what categories of backlog you should use, how much backlog you should have and how to monitor your backlog

How to implement Maintenance Planngin & Scheduling in your organisation successfully, including the project management and chnage management principles you need to address. The importance of training and especially coaching and how to set this up for success. How to measure the success of your implementation and ensure long term sustainability.

And much, much more ... from setting quality standards for work requests, to the most important planning & scheduling KPIs and how to calculate them, to how to deal with emergent work during the execution phase

10 Course Modules
Everything You Need to Know:


Welcome to the course

A short module, but very important module. In this module we'll get 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.


Introduction to Planning & Scheduling

In this module we start the real work. After a brief exploration of the role of maintenance in asset-intensive industries, we'll explore why we need planning & scheduling.

We'll cover the increase in productivity and what that means for the bottom line of the business you work for. But we'll also explore other key benefits of planning & scheduling that are maybe less tangible like workforce motivation and safety.

In the final lesson of the module we touch on some critical characteristics of maintenance work that influence how we set up a successful maintenance planning & scheduling process.


Identify & Prioritise Work

Module 3 is all about work is initiated and prioritised. Fail to get this right and you'll continue to chase your tail and will not get out of the reactive maintenance model.

Most organisations don't realise how critical this step is. Most managers and supervisors don't want to spend the time on getting this right.

In this module I will explain why you don't want to be making that mistake and why putting a lot of effort in creating quality work requests and prioritising them properly is so critical to your success.

And in the last lesson we'll touch on some KPIs that you can use to measure your success. 


Plan Work

Module 4 is all about maintenance planning, why it is important and the 6 principles that underpin a sound maintenance planning process.

We'll talk quite a lot about roles & responsibilities because this is where many organisations go wrong. They burden their maintenance planners with work that should be done by others and in doing so they never reach the productivity improvement they were aiming for. 

We'll also discuss the level of detail that is required in a maintenance work order, what makes up a good 'work pack' and we'll touch on common mistakes and some useful KPIs. 


Monitor Work

This is a step in the planning & scheduling process that is not often talked about, but it's key to your success.

Once the work is planned, all materials are ordered, and purchase orders have gone out for external services you need to keep an eye out on when vendors are available, when materials will arrive at site etc.

And when that’s all in place, you need to flag the planned work in your CMMS as 'Ready for Execution' as a handover point to the Scheduler. 


Schedule Work

Module 6 is all about scheduling. We'll talk about how scheduling is different from planning and why you need both.

We'll discuss 5 basic scheduling principles including why you need to schedule for a Frozen Week. how to build up your Weekly Schedule. And we'll delve in to capacity planning plus we'll talk about some basic scheduling techniques and concepts.

As usual our last lesson in this module will cover KPIs in this case those KPIS that you can use to drive your scheduling process for example Weekly Schedule Compliance.  


Execute Work

Module 7 is all about executing the maintenance work that has been planned and scheduled. This is the core of the process and a lot of what we do in planning & scheduling is to drive efficiency in this part of process

We'll focus extensively on the role of the maintenance supervisor. We'll discuss in detail how you need to manage Emergency Work. And we'll touch on how you should be dealing with Emergent Work, the work you discover whilst doing a job.


Close Out Work

Module 8 covers the close out of work. This is where we capture everything that went well and the things that didn't go too well.

We provide feedback to the planner in terms of planning quality, materials etc. and we capture technical history in the CMMS so the reliability engineers can use that information in their continuous improvement programs. We'll also discuss how this links into your Defect Elimination and Root Cause Analaysis processes.

The secret to successful planning & scheduling is a continuous improvement loop and that relies on the proper close-out of work and high quality feedback.


Review & Improve

Module 9 is all about making things better and better or in other words: Continuous improvement and how to build that into your business and your work processes.

We'll delve in to using KPIs to drive performance and the limits to what KPIs can do for you. We'll talk about the need to have a 'process owner' who conducts annual process 'audits' and the value of GEMBA walks.

In Lesson 4 of this module we'll touch on a contentious subject - measuring wrench time. How to do it, when to do it and when not. 


Implementing Planning & Scheduling

Module 10 is where this course is really completely different than all the other planning & scheduling courses out there.

In this module we will give you a tried and tested process to implement planning & scheduling in your organisation. We'll cover the business case, change management basics, setting up your project team for success, the need for coaching and each lesson comes complete with practical tools and techniques that are proven to work when it comes to implementing planning & scheduling in a real business environment. 

A State-of-the-Art
Learning Management System

To successfully deliver an online training course you need to get many things in place including fantastic content, a great online environment and world class support:


The content of this course is well-proven, has been derived from decades of real industry experience, is fully aligned with industry practice.  

The course and its content will be accredited by the Society of Maintenance & Reliability Professionals (SMRP) and give you credits towards your CMRP recertification.

Great Learning
Management System

The online environment is truly a state-of-the-art solution that has been adopted by industry giants like the University of Washington or the University of Florida.

The learning management system is intuitive, easy to navigate and integrated with private discussion groups so you can interact with your instructor and fellow students. 

World Class

The course has dedicated support staff in place and the forum is professionally moderated to ensure a safe and welcoming environment. 

Meet Your Teacher

Erik Hupje

Hi, I am Erik Hupjé, founder of the Road to Reliability™ and I will be your course director.

I have over 20 years’ experience in asset management, and specifically managing maintenance & reliability. And during those years I’ve worked in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the Philippines, the Sultanate of Oman and Australia. My passion is for continuous improvement and keeping things simple.

Through the Road to Reliability™ 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) and a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng).

Erik Hupjé


My Track Record
What They Say About Me

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    I worked with Erik for the better part of a year on a very challenging scope of work. Working with knowledgeable client is always a privilege, and in the field of Engineering & Maintenance Erik’s extensive international background serves him well. He has an exemplary eye for detail, which earns respect very quickly. He also has an innate ability to listen, which along with his conceptual viewpoint of matters is a great aid to dissect a problem, and define possible solutions.

    Pieter Ferreira - Director Blue Lens Group

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    Erik is the consummate professional in all aspects of his dealings with colleagues, service providers and other stakeholders. Our team valued his forthright perspective, solid expertise and sage advice on all aspects of Maintenance Management and Readiness during our work with him. Erik in turn fostered a true team spirit, enjoying the respect of the seasoned professionals in our group.

    Jacek Narozny - Manager Performance Improvements at Amec Foster Wheeler


Delivering Value And
Ensuring A High Return On Investment

A standard classroom-based maintenance planning & scheduling course lasts 3 days and typically costs anywhere between USD 1250 and USD 2500. Depending on where in the world you are, and who delivers the course.

I’ve even seen 3-day planning & scheduling courses offered in the Middle East for USD 4500. 

You walk in and 3 days later you walk out. Usually well fed and with a binder full of slides under your arm to remind you of your death-by-PowerPoint experience. 3 weeks later you will have forgotten most of what was covered in those 3 days.  

Not with this course. 

This course contains 10 modules delivered online over a period of 10 weeks (although you can go faster). Each week you receive new high-quality video lectures. Each module has multiple video lessons each supported by work books, audio files, transcripts and slide decks. 

Every 2-weeks we will hold ‘office hours’. During office hours students can dial into a conference call to ask questions live. And for those that can’t make the live calls you can send in your questions ahead of the call and listen to the replay in the student-only course area. 

But that’s not all, the course will have its own private forum accessible only to students to ask questions, turn in assignments, get support and connect with other students.    

You don’t get that with classroom-based training. 

And finally, if you get a course edition with lifetime access you get access to all future updates of the course. So, if you would like you to retake the course in 3 year’s time as a refresher that’s not a problem. We’ll be happy to have you back. No classroom-based course will let you retake the course several years later without having to pay again.  

January 2020 Pilot Program:
enrol with a 25% discount!

At the moment the only way to join the course is to join the Pilot Program which allows a small group of people early access to the course to help test drive the Learning Management System and iron out any last-minute glitches.

Students who join the Pilot Program get 25% off the Professional Edition with lifetime access. All I ask in return is a testimonial and constructive feedback on the course content and the Learning Management System.

The Pilot Program will only accept 30 students and close no later than 31st January 2020! 


So if you want to ensure you have a spot sign join the Pilot Program today:





Course Modules 1 to 9
41 lessons and 12 hours of video

Course slides (PDF), transcripts (PDF) and audio of all lessons (MP3)

Certificate of Completion (PDF)

SMRP Recertification Credits

Office Hours for Q&A

90 Days Access

Access to Module 10 - Implementing Planning & Scheduling

All templates required to document the planning & scheduling process

Complete set of change management & implementation tools

Personal copy of The Maintenance Planning & Scheduling Handbook by Doc Palmer (global shipping included)

Hardcopy Course Manual and Course Slides (global shipping included)

5 Private Coaching Calls with myself, with each call up to 30 minutes long to help you implement Planning & Scheduling effectively in your organisation

10 Course Modules
48 lessons and 14 hours of video

Course slides (PDF), transcripts (PDF) and audio of all lessons (MP3)

Certificate of Completion (PDF)

SMRP Recertification Credits

Office Hours for Q&A

Lifetime Access

Access to Module 10 - Implementing Planning & Scheduling

All templates required to document the planning & scheduling process

Complete set of change management & implementation tools

Personal copy of The Maintenance Planning & Scheduling Handbook by Doc Palmer (global shipping included)

Hardcopy Course Manual and Course Slides (global shipping included)

5 Private Coaching Calls with myself, with each call up to 30 minutes long to help you implement Planning & Scheduling effectively in your organisation

10 Course Modules
48 lessons and 14 hours of video

Course slides (PDF), transcripts (PDF) and audio of all lessons (MP3)

Certificate of Completion (PDF)

SMRP Recertification Credits

Office Hours for Q&A

Lifetime Access

Access to Module 10 - Implementing Planning & Scheduling

All templates required to document the planning & scheduling process

Complete set of change management & implementation tools

Personal copy of The Maintenance Planning & Scheduling Handbook by Doc Palmer (global shipping included)

Hardcopy Course Manual and Course Slides (global shipping included)

5 Private Coaching Calls with myself, with each call up to 30 minutes long to help you implement Planning & Scheduling effectively in your organisation

What's the deal with this
Pilot Program?

As mentioned the Pilot Program gives early access to the course and in return for test-driving the course and helping to iron out any last-minute glitches these students will get 25% off the current list price.

The Pilot Program is now open as of the 3rd of January 2020, but to be completely transparent I do want to share that not all course content is live just yet. Some of the course content will be uploaded during the month of January as follows:

MODULES 1 to 8

All course content for the first 8 Modules is ready and live in the online learning management system.


The lesson videos for Module 9 in which we look at the Review & Improve part of the Planning & Scheduling process, are in the final stages of editing, transcribing and being uploaded. They will all be in the LMS by 10th January latest. These are now all done.

As part of Module 9, I will provide you with a planning & scheduling audit tool, to help you conduct annual Process Audits. Given the amount of effort involved with putting a tool like this together, it will only become available at a later date. Good thing is that through the Pilot Program you have lifetime access to all the course content and future updates, but I promise you won't have to wait that long! The wait will be worth it though, as this tool in itself is worth the cost of the whole course.


The video lessons for Module 10, which focusses on the implementation of Planning & Scheduling will be complete and available to students by the end of January latest.

Module 10 will have large number (20+) of supporting documents associated with it, things like templates for presentations, plans, tools and checklists. These will be progressively uploaded into the LMS, as and when they are complete. This is likely to be several weeks after the video lessons of Module 10 become available.


Office Hours for the Pilot Program will be held every 2 weeks from the 31st January onwards.

Satisfaction Guaranteed with a
30-day Money Back Guarantee

How many face-to-face courses have you attended where you can walk out after the first day and ask for your money back?

Not many that’s for sure.

But the Road to Reliability™ has been created to help Maintenance & Reliability Professionals around the world.

And I firmly believe in that mission and in the value of serving our community.

I also believe 100% in the quality of this course. So much so that if at any time in the first 30 days of the course you are not happy with the course – for whatever reason – you can simply ask for a full refund and I’ll promptly pay you back 100% of the course fee.

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Still have some Questions?
Let's Answer Them

Is the course accredited?

The course is provided by R2 Reliability Pty Ltd which is in the process of obtaining accreditation as an approved provider by the Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals. Once accredited this will provide you with credit hours towards your ongoing professional development to maintain your CMRP status.

Do I get access to all course 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).

When does the course launch?

The Pilot Program for this course is now open. The Pilot Program will give 30 students early access to the course at a 25% discount compared to the Professional Edition at USD 1295.

Students in the Pilot Program get lifetime access to the course including all future updates. In return for the 25% discount, they will provide feedback on the course content and the learning management system and provide a testimonial at the end of the course.

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 graded (pass/fail) by 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 multiple-choice exam that you need to complete and pass to receive your Certificate of Completion. 

What level of coaching and support do you provide?

Support will be provided in a few ways.
First, there will 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 can also expect answers from myself and/or a professional maintenance planning & scheduling coach. 
Secondly, I will set up 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!
And thirdly, if you opt for the 'CORPORATE' edition of the course you also get 5 private coaching calls with me to help you on your way to implementing planning & scheduling in your organisation.
If you or your organisation need more support then simply get in touch. We're here to help!

Do I get a certificate?

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. 

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' or 'CORPORATE' 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.

What is the refund policy?

I offer a 30-day no questions asked, full refund policy. 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, Spanish 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.

Pilot Program? Does This mean the course is not finished yet?

No, the course content is complete and the online Learning Management System (LMS) has been populated with all the content and supporting files and tools as outlined in the main text above. So some content will only get published later in January and some supporting tools for Module 10 in the weeks after that.

However, the system has not yet been 'road tested' and there may still be some minor errors in the course set up or content. The Students in Pilot Program will help iron out any of these minor glitches in return for early access and a 25% discount on the list price.

P.S. Getting your Planning & Scheduling in order is really one of the most important steps you can make on the Road to Reliability™. With planning & scheduling you create more stability in your work, increase efficiency and finally make some time for proactive maintenance activities.

With this online Maintenance Planning & Scheduling course there is no reason to wait any longer. You can learn straight from the comfort of your chair and with no need to travel it's more affordable than ever before.