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Earn a formal Maintenance Planner qualification through the Pragma Academy and enhance your planner career!

The Pragma Academy is accredited through the Quality Council of Trades and Occupations (QCTO) to offer this qualification.

The programme is structured so that you can continue to work while you study online, with contact sessions and support from the leaders in enterprise asset management consulting and training.

Continue to grow your skills and enhance your career in asset management and enroll today!

Qualification details

The planner qualification is aligned with the Maintenance Planner Qualification Curriculum (Occupational Code 312202) as registered by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO – Accreditation Number: QCTOSDP00180912-1330). It has been directed at NQF Level 5 and carries 261 credits.
The average learner should complete the qualification in 18 months.

The various courses that make up this programme must be completed before learners can execute the practical statement of work. The statement of work is a list of tasks and activities which need to be completed in the workplace within a six-month period as part of the qualification requirements.

Qualification outcomes

A qualified learner will be able to:

  • identify work through notifications or work requests
  • scope and plan work in accordance with identified notifications or work requests
  • schedule planned activities
  • coordinate the execution of tasks
  • close out documentation
  • review the execution outcomes of the work management process
  • maintain master data.

Who is this qualification
aimed at?

  • Tradespeople aspiring to pursue a career as maintenance planners
  • Supervisors of tradespeople with no formal maintenance planning qualification
  • Maintenance planners, maintenance advisors, maintenance schedulers, shutdown coordinators and shutdown planners with no formal qualification.

Qualifying training courses

The qualification consists of the following training courses and activities:

  1. Fundamentals of maintenance management
  2. Maintenance work management
  3. Shutdown planning
  4. Root cause analysis
  5. Essential non-technical skills
  6. Statement of work
  7. External summative assessment

About this course

Next course date

July 2024

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Format: Blended
  • Elearning
  • Online contact sessions
  • Classroom contact sessions
  • Discussion forums
  • Online assessment
  • Workplace application

18 months


3 hours per week


Payment options

QCTO accredited

NQF5 | 261 credits

Entry requirements

To register for this qualification, learners must have a memorandum of understanding with an employer or workplace, and meet one of the following minimum requirements:

  • NQF Level 4 Mathematics and Physical Science, or
  • NQF Level 4 with three years’ experience in maintenance planning, or
  • qualified tradesperson.

The Role of a Planner

Create a prioritised and coded list of work orders

(Verify work requests; PMs from EAMS; follow-up work; prioritise/code WOs)

Scope and plan large maintenance work

(Scope the work; estimate complexity/ risk/duration; identify resources required)

Schedule the work with Maintenance and Production

(Prioritise/group work; confirm resource capacity; Production slots)

Prepare/Secure resources for the work to be done

(Spare parts; special equipment; contractors)

Update EAMS master data as required

(Asset information; BOMs; std task details, frequency, resources, duration)

Create ad hoc reports (as required)

(Management queries, preparation for audits, input to RCAs)

Plan for a shutdown (if applicable)

(Scope the work; schedule with critical path; resource levelling; update plan)

Contact the specialists

Karen Greyling

Academy Business Development Manager

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Tim Beavon, Pr.Eng

Programme Manager

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