Learn shutdown, turnaround and outage best practice.

We offer this course as an extension of our acclaimed Maintenance Planning & Scheduling Excellence course to teach the special skills and techniques required for successful planning and management of shutdowns, turnarounds and outages (STO). We will show participants why STO events are special and how to deal with them. Participants will gain an understanding of:

  • The unique characteristics, challenges and opportunities associated with STO events
  • Planning and scheduling techniques for improving shutdown performance
  • Keys for effective shutdown management

Key outcomes

By the end of this course, you will (at a minimum) be able to:

  • Understand and appreciate the ‘why’ of shutdown, turnaround and outage planning requirements and the associated capital and resource implications for an organization.
  • Gain a detailed understanding of the various phases of a typical STO cycle namely, pre-planning, detailed planning, execution, completion and review, as well as what is involved in the execution of each phase.
  • Project manage, co-ordinate and communicate during shutdowns, turnarounds and outages
  • Apply shutdown planning and management best practices
  • Employ effective strategies for tracking costs, duration and quality control during shutdowns
  • Understand risk management and mitigation during shutdown execution
  • Identify continuous improvement opportunities

Course outline

  • Why shutdown and how often
  • High level process flow map for major shutdowns, turnarounds and outages
  • Pre- Shutdowns, turnarounds and outages assessment
  • Management Process for Shutdowns, turnarounds and outages
  • Identification of work and work scope planning
  • Process controls, (scope, budget, schedule, safety)
  • Work flow including critical path elements
  • Contractor management , Communications and stake holder management
  • Labour resourcing, spares and materials readiness
  • Site preparation and facilities management
  • Risk and safety management
  • Execution Plan
  • Effective Shutdown Supervision
  • Tracking and reporting Shutdown progress
  • Shift handover practices
  • Managing emergent work
  • Dealing with the unexpected
  • Final inspection, punch listing, quality assessment and hand over to operations
  • Commissioning and start-up
  • Post shutdown review
  • Continuous improvement opportunities- what worked and what did not work?
18 Jul 2024
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4 Nov 2024 - 5 Nov 2024
7 Nov 2024
5 Dec 2024

Effective Shutdown Planning and Management

  • Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Online
  • From $877.50 excl. GST
  • Online duration: 6 hours
  • Face to face duration: 8 hours

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Who should attend?

This training is designed to be beneficial for all staff (both the owners and contractors) who are involved in the planning, coordination and execution of shutdowns, turnarounds and outages. The course is especially valuable for:

  • Maintenance Managers,
  • Project Managers,
  • Shutdown Managers and Coordinators,
  • Inspection, Materials and Safety Professionals,
  • Planning, Scheduling and Cost Control Staff,
  • Construction Superintendents and Supervisors,
  • Operations Superintendents and Shift Supervisors,
  • Project Engineers, and
  • Contract Administrators.


This course is not formally assessed, though participants undertake case studies and exercises to ensure their new knowledge transfers into practical skills and the confidence to apply them in the workplace.

Customise this course to match your training needs.

We realise that your challenges may be unique, so we welcome enquiries regarding customising or expanding any of our courses to meet your specific training needs. An obligation-free discussion with one of our expert consultants is a great place to start.