Foundations for Implementing Root Cause Analysis

Course code: PD530931ON

How do you know when there’s a problem in a given situation? Once discovered, how do you approach solving the problem? In this course, you’ll be provided basic steps for how to define a problem and an approach for solving that problem using a proven methodology. You’ll explore how a problem can be viewed as an opportunity for improvement and how a solution to a problem can be leveraged within different areas of your organization.

Effective problem solving isn’t just a quality function, and it’s not just for operations or engineering. Effective problem solving is a valuable skill set needed throughout an organization. By working through a plausible scenario, you’ll assess your own problem-solving skills and experience how tempting it is to jump to solutions or try to fix the problem without investigating and understanding all the underlying causes. Though sometimes effective in the short-term, jumping to solutions can be unreliable, wasting time, money, and effort. Instead, you’ll be introduced to a formal problem-solving approach for finding root causes and implementing effective and lasting solutions that eliminate the problem.

The course concludes by emphasizing the need for problem-solving teams and providing an opportunity for you to practice creating a team that will investigate a sample problem. Here, you’ll explore the different roles and responsibilities utilized when solving problems using a structured approach.


By participating in this on-demand course, you’ll be able to:

  • Define “problem” and be able to recognize a problem in a given scenario
  • Summarize the importance of seeing problems as opportunities and the resultant effects of this approach
  • Explain why a structured approach helps to solve problems
  • Recite the eight-step process used for problem solving and summarize how each step contributes to solving a problem
  • Summarize roles and responsibilities associated with a structured problem-solving approach
  • Recognize a need for a work team, construct an effective team, and define roles and responsibilities within the team

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Course dates

Starting date: Upon request

Type: Intro Module

Course duration: 90 days

Language: en

Price without VAT: 95 EUR


Starting date: Upon request

Type: Core Modules

Course duration: 90 days

Language: en

Price without VAT: 545 EUR


Starting date: Upon request

Type: TOD

Course duration: 90 days

Language: en

Price without VAT: 630 EUR


Type Course
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Upon request Intro Module 90 days en 95 EUR Register
Upon request Core Modules 90 days en 545 EUR Register
Upon request TOD 90 days en 630 EUR Register
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Course structure

Module I: Foundations for Implementing Root Cause Analysis

  • Identifying Problems
  • How to Approach Problem Solving Using a Process Approach
  • Methods and Tools for Problem Solving: An Eight-Step Approach
  • Roles and Responsibilities in Problem Solving
  • Seeing a Problem as an Opportunity
  • Setting Up a Problem-Solving Team
Materials Provided
  • 90 days of online single-user access (from date of purchase) to the 70 minute presentation
  • A printable summary of the key takeaways from each lesson
  • Integrated knowledge checks to reinforce key concepts
  • Follow-up to your content questions
  • .1 CEUs*/Certificate of Achievement (upon completion of all course content and a score of 70% or higher on the learning assessment)

*SAE International is authorized by IACET to offer CEUs for this course.;


This course is applicable to those who seek an introduction to why you should implement effective problem solving methods. It is intended for individuals who have little or no experience in formal problem solving methodologies including those who are new to the automotive or aerospace industries.

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