About this course

A planned shutdown is an intended stoppage of all or a part of a facility to allow access for essential maintenance. It is an end-to-end controlled process, aimed at compressing the agreed work scope safely into the minimum amount of time, utilising different areas or units of the workforce. Often a planned shutdown requires a number of outsourced contractors.

Successful shutdown management requires sound project management skills, supported by an integrated project team who are competent in the different shutdown principles and best practices.

Often a lack of focus on schedule compression during shutdowns causes major challenges. This course will provide learners with the necessary guidelines and best practice principles on how to best plan, manage and close out a successful shutdown of an asset, a component of an asset or a facility.


At the end of this course learners will be able to:

Use software tools to be able to schedule a simple critical path network

Describe the activities in the establishment and preparation phases of the shutdown

Describe the management control and metrics which are used in a shutdown

Explain how a shutdown is scoped, planned and scheduled

Explain how changes in scope are managed

Describe the routines used in shutdown delivery

Describe the inspection and quality control processes used in a shutdown

Describe the activities in the completion phase of the shutdown

Shutdown Management - Content

Who should attend?

  • Shutdown managers
  • Section engineers
  • Asset managers
  • Project engineers
  • Maintenance supervisors
  • Shutdown planners
  • Shutdown schedulers
  • Resource coordinators

Format and duration

  • Blended learning training
    programme with a
    recommended delivery
    over 6 weeks.
  • 27 notional hours

Take-home tools

  • Learners will complete a practical individual assignment (portfolio of evidence) to cement learning and demonstrate application in the workplace.


  • Learners completing this training can obtain SAAMA CPD points.