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Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA)

Programme Overview

FMEA is a risk management and mitigation approach that began in the aerospace and engineering fields but has moved into general business and organisational practice. It is a way of thinking and methodology that can help with continuous improvement of all functional areas of an organisation, at all levels and in all sectors.

Virtual Open Classroom

£415 (plus VAT)

In-Company Training

Group Discount

Any work we carry out, any process we operate or product or service we provide is accompanied by risk of failure. To improve our processes, products and services, and to make them more robust and reliable, we need to identify these risks, prioritise them and then take action to mitigate and control them.

At A Glance

Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA)
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Price Virtual Open Classroom: £415 (plus VAT)
Duration Virtual Open Classroom: 1 day
In Company: 2 days
CPD Points 24
Accreditations TBA
Prerequisites None
Delivery Modes In-Company, Virtual Open Classroom
Delivered By Gillian Rhodes

FMEA provides a structured approach which helps:

  • Identify the areas and ways in which a process, system, product or service can fail (Failure Modes), the possible causes, how they might impact the customer or the business and whether there are controls in place to prevent or detect the failure mode or cause
  • Prioritise the risks and plan actions to address the failure modes which are of the greatest concern
  • Implement control plans to prevent recurrence of the failure modes


This one or two-day activity-based course will give you an introduction to FMEA concepts and practices, help you understand how it works and see what it can do for you organisation

Who is the course for?

  • You are a leader or a team who would like to learn how FMEA could be used to help improve the processes, products and/or services in your organisation
  • You would like to learn how to effectively generate an FMEA with a team
  • You have been asked by a customer to provide an FMEA for your process, product or service but don’t know where to start or how to make it happen
  • You are from a service, manufacturing or public service organisation.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand how Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) can be used to improve your products, processes and/or services, and help make them more robust and reliable
  • Recognise the most common types of FMEA and how they link to each other and to other continuous improvement tools
  • Recognise which type(s) of FMEA would help improve your organisation
  • If you are using an Agile development approach, recognise how the FMEA way of thinking can work with Agile.
  • Learn the steps necessary to work through an FMEA

Outcomes for your business

Businesses which have used FMEA to identify and mitigate the risks in their processes, products and/or services are likely to –

  • Have more robust and reliable processes, products and services
  • Have lower failure-related costs (such as rework, redesign, recalls)
  • Produce fewer errors or defects
  • Have fewer customer complaints
  • Experience fewer safety incidents.


Outcomes for your personal development

You will learn how to use FMEA to identify and prioritise risks and improvement opportunities in the products, processes and services for which you are responsible.


None – this course assumes no prior knowledge of FMEA.

How can I take this course?

We deliver this course as a one or two-day in-house programme (virtual or face-to-face)

Support Pack

All delegates receive

  • Printed and pdf copies of the course slides
  • Blank FMEA templates which can be customised for your use


Why Choose Catalyst

  • Catalyst’s instructors have hands-on experience of creating FMEAs in many different organisations, using a simple, interactive, team-based approach – we can help you consider how to use FMEA efficiently and effectively in your organisation
  • We have experience of both Process FMEA and Design FMEA and can help you recognise which of these will help you improve your organisation
  • We have experience of using FMEA with Agile development
  • Our courses are highly interactive and use relevant examples and case studies

Virtual Open Classroom – 1 day

Inside the Virtual Open Classroom  

The programme is delivered live over Zoom by our experienced instructors.  We use a wide variety of techniques to create and engaging, participative and fun experience for the learners including breakout room exercises, polls/quizzes, online collaboration tools, hands-on exercises (where you have to stand up and move!) as well as live discussions.  

Learning by doing in the virtual world!

Support Pack

All delegates receive:

  • Printed and pdf copies of the course slides
  • Blank FMEA templates which can be customised for your use


  • Risk management
  • What is an FMEA?
    • Where and When to use it?
    • Who prepares it and Why?
  • Process FMEA strategy
  • Combining a process map with FMEA
  • Basic FMEA template and Cause & Effect diagrams
  • Failure Modes and Effects on Customers
  • Rating scales
  • What are the issues when assessing risk?
  • Prioritising risks using the Risk Priority Number (RPN)
  • Hierarchy of Controls
  • Poka Yoke/Mistake proofing systems
  • Creative thinking tools and approaches
  • Team composition and roles
  • FMEA tips
  • Where is it used?
  • Compare and contrast with Process FMEA

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