Frequently Asked Questions

Does it matter how and where I learned about RCM?

No. The exam tests what you know about the RCM process, not how you gained that knowledge. Questions are not specific to any one RCM methodology or brand.

If I change jobs, is my certificate still valid?

Yes, you are certified personally, regardless of the organization you work for.

Am I required to present evidence of class participation for taking a Level 1 IRCC certification test?

You do not have to take a class-based training course before you take the Level 1 exam, although attending a class is good way to prepare for the exam.

I’m an operator; why should I have RCM certification?

Operators know what equipment is expected to do and how it should perform, and that information is a fundamental part of the RCM analysis. So operators play a key role in the analysis, and certification confirms that you are ready to be a productive RCM team member.

Do I have to take the IRCC Level 1 exam before taking Level 2?

IRCC does not require you to have achieved Level 1 certification before taking the Level 2 exam. Unless you are already a very experienced and confident facilitator, you may want to take the Level 1 test in order to identify any areas of your RCM knowledge that need attention. Taking Level 1 first could save you both money and time when you take Level 2.

In what languages can I take the exams?

Both Level 1 and Level 2 exams are currently in English. We are working to make both exams available in other languages as soon as possible.

What are the professional advantages of RCM Certification?

Certification shows that you understand the principles of RCM as they were originally developed by Nowlan and Heap and codified by the SAE RCM standards. At the same time, it proves your commitment to professional development.

Achieving certification demonstrates far more than narrow knowledge of RCM. It also demonstrates that you have a good general understanding of concepts such as FMEA, FMECA, condition-based maintenance, root cause analysis, and much more.

I am an employer. Why is certification important?

You want to get the best results from the RCM process as quickly as possible, but that won't happen unless everyone involved in an analysis understands RCM at the right level. Classroom work alone, even with the best course, doesn't guarantee that someone will be an effective team member or Facilitator.

Certification demonstrates that everyone involved has skills that match his or her role in the RCM process, so you can have confidence in the team to make faster progress, produce more consistent results and reduce backtracking.

Do I have to have participated in an RCM analysis to take the Level 1 certification exam?

Level 1 RCM Certification shows that you understand the RCM process in accordance with SAE-JA1011. Hands-on experience is not required for this level.

Why is certification exclusive to SAE JA1011?

JA1011 and JA1012 were developed because there were a number of competing processes that all claimed to be ‘RCM,’ but there was no formal definition of what RCM should contain. JA1011 describes the basis for true RCM, and IRCC certification tests your understanding in accordance with the standard.