Create a work order to coordinate and schedule resources and activities

A work order in Dynamics 365 Field Service has information on what work needs to be done. It is used to coordinate and schedule resources and activities. It can be used for different types of work, such as installations, repairs, or preventive maintenance.

A work order is often created from a case or opportunity. It is then scheduled either manually or using the schedule assistant and then dispatched. Once the work is complete, it is reviewed and approved by a manager.


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Products, service tasks, and characteristics are added automatically when you create a work order from an incident. Otherwise you can add them manually when you create a work order.

Work order lifecycle

  • Work order creation: A work order is created, usually from a case or opportunity

  • Schedule: The work order is then scheduled.

  • Dispatch: The work order is dispatched.

  • Service: The work order is performed and details are updated.

  • Review/Approval: The work order is reviewed and approved by a supervisor.

  • Invoice and inventory adjustment: Inventory adjustments are made and an invoice is generated for the corresponding account.

    Work order lifecycle in Dynamics 365 field service

What happens New work order is created.

Assigned incident, product, services, skills, territory, etc.
Work order schedule is created.

Resources assigned to the work order.

Date and time specified.
Field agent notified of work order.

Field agent may review and accept/decline the work order.
Work order is carried out.

Information about what is performed in the field is entered through the mobile app.
Supervisor verifies that all the work was done properly, and that all information regarding the work order is correct. Invoice is created based on products and services used.

Inventory adjustments are made.

Products converted into equipment (if applicable)
Who performs the task Agreement is automatically generated on a recurring basis.

Case: By customer support.

Sales order: By sales/scheduling.

Ad hoc: By field agent or centralized scheduling.

Field Agent

Dispatcher with help of scheduling assistant

Routing engine
Notification sent by system automatically to field agent, customer, and other parties. Note: Notifications need to set up in the system. Field agent Field supervisor/manager,

back-office accounting
Automatically sent by system
Work order status Open - unscheduled Open - scheduled Open - scheduled Open - unscheduled, then open-completed Open - completed then closed-posted Closed-posted
Work order schedule status N/A Scheduled Scheduled Scheduled


Custom Status
Completed Completed

Create a work order

  1. From the main menu, click Field Service > Work orders.

  2. Click +New in the upper-left corner.

  3. Fill in your information. Use the handy tooltips as a guide.

    • Summary

      • General: Fill in the basic information regarding the work order, such as the work order number and the service account it is associated with, a brief summary, and status, which can show whether the work order is unscheduled, scheduled, in progress, or finished.

      • Primary Incident: Enter more information regarding the nature of the work to be performed.

      • Total: Enter pricing information for the work order. This will show total pricing information for tasks, including products and services.

    • Settings

      • General: Specify the category the work order may fall into. Also, fill in important information regarding the location of the work order, price list, service territory, and more.

      • Sales tax: Sales tax can be added to the total amount of the work order based on work order details like service account, billing account, and work order type. The Taxable field will be set to yes if work order type is Taxable and the billing account is Not Tax Exempt. If the work order is taxable, a Sales Tax Code lookup field will display and inherit a value from the service account. It can also be updated manually.

      • Preferences: Enter the resource and time information for the work order.

      • Follow up: Shows instructions of how to proceed if desired, or whether the work order calls for a follow-up.

      • Related to: Specify if the work order is related to an originating work order or agreement.

      • Preferences: Specify any preferred time windows.

      • Source: Specify source information regarding the work order.

    • Address: The address where the work will be performed. The address should be inherited from the service account.

    • Location: Shows the address location on the map.

Add service tasks, products, or services to the work order

When the work order has been created and saved, you can then add any related tasks, products, or services to the work order.

  • Go to the Service Tasks section and click +Add Work Order Service Task record. Fill in your information. Use the handy tooltips as a guide. More information: Set up service task types

  • Go to the Products or Services section and click the + button. Fill in your information. Use the handy tooltips as a guide.More information: Create a product or service


    When you add a product, remember that if you want to reserve a product for the work order, set Allocated to Yes.

Open work order subgrids as popup dialogue boxes

Configure work order subentities to pop out as dialog boxes and edit them without having to leave the work order form. This configuration helps dispatchers maintain context through navigation.

Screenshot of a popout work order product creation form.

From the Field Service app, go to Settings > Field Service Settings > Other section and set the Work Order Subgrid Records Open as Popups field to Yes.

Popup navigation will now be enabled when the following entities are selected from a work order.

  • Work order product
  • Work order service
  • Work order service task
  • Work order incident
  • Bookable resource booking
  • Time entry


This feature is available in the Unified Interface only.

See also

Overview of Dynamics 365 Field Service
Submit and approve time-off requests
Schedule a work order
Configure the schedule board
User's Guide