LOPA training

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  • Length: 1 or 2 Days
  • CPD: 8 or 16  hours
  • Personal Development Program(s): HRA, SILComp
  • Exam: Yes
  • Certification: Specialist
  • Safety passport: Yes
  • Availability: Public, In house

Course Description

This one day course covers the fundamentals of Layers of Protection Analysis or LOPA. You will learn the fundamentals of LOPA according to the best practices in industry. This course combines theory with practical work. When you complete this course you will understand what LOPA means, how it is applied and what it means for your company and your job.

What you will get

All participants get:

  • Course material in printed format
  • Exam
  • Certificate based on exam results
  • Safety passport


  • LOPA Study plan template
  • LOPA Worksheet template
  • LOPA Report template

Knowledge Certification

LOPA Training Specialist with distinction

Certified LOPA Specialist

This course comes with an exam and personal knowledge certification.

  • Specialist Certificate for those that obtain 60% or higher on the exam
  • Specialist certificate with distinction for those that obtain 85% or hire on the exam
  • Certificate of Attendance for those that do not pass the exam

Who should attend LOPA training?

Any professionals that required to attend LOPA sessions in their workplace.

Course content

  • Introduction to LOPA
    • What is LOPA?
    • What does LOPA do?
    • Key features of LOPA
    • History of LOPA
    • LOPA and the law
    • LOPA and standards
    • LOPA and other HRA techniques
    • Applications of LOPA
    • When to use LOPA
  • Functional Safety Management
    • The task for FSM
    • Lifecycle phase
    • LOPA and FSM
    • LOPA team in a nutshell
    • LOPA documentation
    • LOPA report
    • LOPA and verification
    • LOPA and assessments
    • LOPA and audits
    • LOPA and validation
  • Principles of LOPA
    • Scenario
    • Consequences
    • Initiating event
    • Enabling event
    • Conditional modifiers
    • (Un)mitigated consequences
    • Safeguards
    • Independent protection layers (IPL)
    • Protection layers
    • The four HAZOP steps
  • Preparing for LOPA
    • Initiating the LOPA
    • Scope
    • Objective
    • The study plan
    • Meeting logistics
    • Technical information
    • Study plan template
  • Performing LOPA
    • During the meeting
    • Introduction sessions
    • Examination sessions
    • Closure session
  • Documenting the LOPA
    • Recording of the proceedings
    • LOPA Study report (template)
    • Software tools
    • Methods of recording
    • LOPA worksheet (template)
    • Mark up drawings
    • Documenting recommendations
    • Final sign off and approval
  • After the LOPA
    • What is not the responsibility
    • Responsibilities (FS) manager
    • Close action items
    • When to do the LOPA again
  • Conclusions
  • Exam

Personal Development

Participants in the LOPA training course can further develop their HRA and SIL skills be attending the following courses:

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Share this course with your colleagues.

It was recommend by ADNOC as a very powerful tool. The course was very well organised by the trainer. It was just perfect.
Waleed, Borouge, UAE

It was a very focused, interactive and insightful course. It was good to learn the LOPA language. Every risk engineer should follow this course to be able to contribute useful to a LOPA study.
Syed Kazmi, Borouge, UAE

This course is a great opportunity to learn the LOPA technique and it should be a pre-requisite to any body wanting/needing to be a LOPA team member. The instructor was very knowledgeable.
V. Murthy, Borouge, UAE

I learned so much from this course. IPL versus safeguards. Responsibilities of LOPA team members. Link between cause-consequence. Frequency of unmitigated and mitigated consequences. Know-how of trainer is very good.
Bader A., Borouge, UAE

This course is just pure value addition. It teaches you the correct methodology and that is very useful for my job.
R. Patel, Borouge, UAE

It was excellent technical material which can add a alue to a real life application as I needed for my HSE function. I liked how it clearly showed how LOPA is linked to other analysis and how the risk graph fits in.
S. Al Maazmi, Borouge, UAE

Excellent trainer.
Abdulla Al D., Borouge, UAE

Thank you for the great course. You passed over to us new knowledge. Much appreciated. .
Dawood M., Occidental, Oman
I learned a complete new technique. All topics where so important and clearly explained. Thank you.
Abdulaziz A., Occidental, Oman
I feel this is the way. This is my core business as a risk engineer. 
Anonymous, Occidental, Oman
It was once again an excellence addition to learning about SIL and SIF. I fully understand initiating events, enabling events, conditional modifiers, IPLs.
Ahmed Ali, Occidental, Oman
The course content is directly related to my daily work. Finally understood unmitigated consequences.
Ahmed Ali, Occidental, Oman
The exercises were great. The course explains how to conduct the LOPA. It explains the importance of LOPA and independent protection layers.
Abdulbaqi, Occidental, Oman
Pure tech course. Loved it. Specially sequence of LOPA and systematic approach to have it done.
Anonymous, Occidental, Oman
Learned the LOPA methodology and how it helps with risk reduction.
Anonymous, Occidental, Oman
Good course, good instructor, specially the part on calculating probabilities and frequencies..
Anonymous, Occidental, Oman


In order to achieve the knowledge certificate associated with this Functional Safety and SIL for Safety Instrumented System training course the applicants need to meet the following criteria:

  1. Fill out the Application Form
  2. Have 3 years of experience in the process industry.
  3. Have 2 references that can confirm the experience
  4. Participate at least one time this training
  5. Pass the associated exam

Every participant in our training courses receives a personal Safety Passport®. Your personal Safety Passport is an online independently verified track record demonstrating you competency. An example of a Safety Passport is given here. Your Safety Passport can hold:

  • Knowledge certificates achieved through training,
  • Role or field based certification achieved through practical experience, and
  • Participation in qualified events

The Safety Passport is free of charge for Risknowlogy clients.

Our personal development training and certification program is compliant with ISO 17024, the standard for people certification. We strive to offer you the best personal training, development and certification program in the world. Where applicable we cooperate with industry organisations like TUV, ISA, IEEE, DIN, to have our courses approved.

Our trainers are:

  • Dr. Michel Houtermans
  • Didier Turcinovic
  • Ricardo Vittoni

Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ

Why should I attend?
The functional safety standards (IEC 61511) require that anybody involved in safety lifecycle activities shall be competent to carry out the activates for which they are accountable. Use this course, examination and certification to prove to your clients, peers and management that you are competent in the field of functional safety. When you pass the examination you get your functional safety knowledge certified and can use the certificate to demonstrate your competency.
Can I take the exam without following the course?
It is not allowed by the accreditation we have. You have to take the course at least one time.
How long is the certification valid?
The certificate is valid for life. In practice that means as long as there is no new version of the standards.